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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by smiller, Mar 10, 2012.

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  1. smiller

    smiller Member

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    I am new here and am glad to find this site. I only have 1 handgun as I hunt with a Tc omega 50 cal. I love the new loads you can purchase for the 357 in 180 or 200 with gas check but need to start loading them because of cost. Does anyone have a good high power load that would stop a bear or wolf as good as a 357 can do. Thank you and the Highroad.
     
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    170 grain Keith SWC over 13.5 grains 2400, or 15.0 grains H-110.

    As always, reduce 10% and work up the load in your gun.

    I think the heavy for caliber 200 grain bullets are over-rated.
    You can get more velocity & energy with the 170 range bullets safely.

    rc
     
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    I agree with rcmodel on the use of the 200gr bullets.

    I used to carry my big Redhawk 44 on all my hikes, but injuries from my previous job have given me a new found appreciation for the lighter 357 mag.
    I've been a big fan of AA #9 with 158gr hard cast bullets. 14 gr of AA #9 will put you a little over 1400fps. This is preference only, and may not fire as accurately in your gun.
    Again...good advice from rcmodel.
     
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    I tested bullets from 125gr all the way up to 200gr in the .357 Magnum. I found that after you pass 170gr the velocity drops off so that you develop no more energy from the 180gr bullet than the 170gr bullet so I agree the 170gr bullet is best. I don't think there's a wolf alive that can take a 170gr .357 Magnum round placed in the right spot and it will take a Bear too if you hit him in the snout.

    A 170gr bullet @1497 fps will develop 845 ft/lbs of energy while a 180gr bullet @ 1396 fps will develop only 778 ft/lbs of energy.
     
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    What a wonderful forum! This is very valuable information! My pistol is a Ruger Bisley with a 6.5 barrel. I intend to find the Keith 170. Do they have a gas checks or are they necessary. Again thanks to all. Steve Winston MT
     
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    gas checks are only necessary if you can't keep the lead out of the barrel any other way. run them unchecked first.

    murf
     
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