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Spire Point .357 Mag Bullets?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BoomStick82, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. BoomStick82

    BoomStick82 Well-Known Member

    I have noticed Spire point bulltes for some of the larger revolvers (most notably the .460 S&W), and was wondering if there were spire points avaliable for the .357 mag? I noticed that .358 bullets were listed as ok for reloading the .357 mag (I'm guessing they need a bit of resizing?), but would these work ok in a .357 mag revolver (specifically the GP100). I apologise if this is in the wrong forum, mods please feel free to move it if so.
  2. BoomStick82

    BoomStick82 Well-Known Member

    *bump* anyone??? I was looking at a Hornady 35 caliber "single shot pistol" 180grain spire point (item 3505) in particular.
  3. bpisler

    bpisler Well-Known Member

    Spire point bullets are longer than JHP's and
    other regular revolver bullets.I think they
    would be too long for revolvers.
  4. BoomStick82

    BoomStick82 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, *shrug* there goes that idea. I wonder why some manufacturer doesn't look into this, it seems that it would make it easier to hunt with a .357 mag.
  5. Any Cal.

    Any Cal. Well-Known Member

    there are molds for these in 125 gr, but I am not sure what the point is. Maybe longer range plinking. Would not make enough difference to matter unless moving REALLY fast. Not for hunting purposes though.
  6. Nail Shooter

    Nail Shooter Well-Known Member


    Used to shoot IHMSA in the earyl 80's. These shooters were a creative bunch back then, and numerous wildcat cartridges were developed for the long range silhoutte game.

    A buddy developed the following load, as he needed a flat shooting load for the rams at 200 meters. He loaded 35 cal 180gr Speers (Prod #2435) into cut short 357mag brass. Measure the length of the cylinder, then trim back the brass so that when you'd crimp on the cannelure groove, the round would be about .010" shorter than the cylinder. Used to use a compressed charge of W296 or H110 as I recall. Much flatter shooting and easier recoil than the 170gr Sierra Silhoutte FMJ's that were so popular. Didn't show as much pressure as the 170gr Sierra load, but then, there wasn't as much room for powder in that cut down case. It's probably what I'd use to deer hunt w/ a 357 revo. Use the info at your own risk.

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    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

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    Other issues to consider.

    You're going to end up with a longer than normal bullet at lower than normal velocities--stabilizing it may be a problem.

    I don't think you could count on a typical .35 caliber rifle bullet to expand at revolver velocities unless you were up close. But then if you were up close, you wouldn't need to shoot a spire-point bullet.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2006
  8. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    A -- Keep your shots 50 yards or less with a .357

    B -- Buy a .44 mag or do what I do and hunt with a contender.
  9. 8ring

    8ring Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, Masterblasters Bullets makes a 150gr moly coated spire point for .357 magnum. I have good results using VV N-340 for Masterblasters 150gr and 145gr bullets in .357 magnum.


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