Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by AJC1, Oct 12, 2021.
And Phil Sharpe was partial to a 146 gr LHP.
I think you will be OK, that a 140 is above the barrel burner category of the 125.
The 357 magnum load I worked up was 18 grain w296. I don't recall the accuracy just that it was decent.
The 38 I loaded 4 and 5 grains unique but was getting some leading. Nevertheless I was getting 1.5" groups at 25 yards.
I paused tinkering with it when I got the rcbs 38-150-SWC. Then, I got a new gun, a new mould and I been busy.
More just a curiosity. If loading a 125 I dont see any advantage over a 9mm and muzzle blast as a major detractor. The 140 would pick up where the 9 leaves off.
If your worried about top straps. Run powder that is faster than Blue Dot.
In hand guns I look for least powder to get the velocity I want.
I use different bullet weights to find a load that is timed for my fixed sight revolvers.
I've wondered too, whether the 140 gr. serves any advantage. Back in '13-14, when ammo was hard to come by, I found a box of Hornady's 140 gr. FTX. Had plans of getting a lever rifle, but went the bolt, 77/357. So the box sits. But it got me interested in that weight, I did buy 140s in XTPs and coated cast from MBC. I have shot plenty at the range, and they did well. But I can't say they do any better at the range then 158 gr.
I have yet to start testing my 180s but I have a lot cast and ready. I have one box of 140 xtps and if they were super good at something I would stash them away. If nothing special I'll just load them up and send down range. The lyman 50th shows the 125 and 140 both max velosity with n110 and going 1506fps.
I have had very good results with the Penn 140gr LFPRN and the Rainier 140 plated RNFP of old. A favorite of mine is the 140gr Hornady XTP, for 38spl and short barreled .357 magnum the 140gr bullet is also a good choice for a .38 cal. carbine.
The .357 cal 140gr is getting rare, and I'm not sure why?
Curious if they move a lot more 125s with people buying them and loading in 9mm. I cant immagine people doing that with the 140s. Also it competes with their ftx which is also 140 but I have zero desire to use those based on brass trim requirements
140 gr for 2, 3, 4inch barrels it's my specialized short barrel load borrowed from Speer
158gr goes in 5, 6, 8 and 16inch barrels.
@Mr.Revolverguy,140s and 150s for .357 Mag
I feel powdercoat has eliminated the need for gas checks in pistol, but I could be wrong.
My issue currently is finding checks. There sold out everywhere. My 358-180-sil takes them and getting more has been problematic. I only have one mold that uses them and if the mold is made for them I dont think PC fixes that. Tight fitting plane base bullets are a different story.
What kind of mould is the 358-180-sil? Got a thread on it or pics of it? I'm interested in a 180grainish mould for 38/357.
There you go friend.
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