357 Mag lite with Bullseye?

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  1. e rex

    e rex Member

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    I was given some Bullseye Powder and never loaded much of it. I was wondering is I could make a mid-range 357 with a 150 grain 358477 and around 5.5-6.0 Bullseye that might be safe and accurate.
    Anyone done this? how did it work?
     
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    It would be better in 38s. The extra case capacity may cause high SD but it's really fast for a mag powder.
     
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    I'd look at my one of my manuals.
     
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    It's definitely woth a try.
    "40 years of loading for the .357 has shown that the best ballistic uniformity and accuracy often comes with the faster propellants and velocities about 150 fps slower than theoretically possible." - Ed Matunas, Guns magazine, August 1993.
    The article lists many loads with several different bullet weights, and every bullet weight includes a load using Bullseye.
     
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    I haven't tried it, but there is no reason it shouldn't work for light loads.

    Alliant PDF won't upload, too big, but it has data for Bullseye in .357 Mag. I imagine it's still available on their website.
     
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    I'm also interested in answers to the OP's question. I would like to try moderate loads using Bulls Eye under a 158gr RNFP. I have a couple of pounds of BE. I don't have any .38 special brass (or want any),only 357.
     
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    Maybe this can help?
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  8. e rex

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    Thank You fellows, I appreciate the help.
     
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  9. PapaG

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    I have shot hundreds of 357s loaded with Bullseye. Be careful of double charges. Look each case over with a good light to be sure levels are uniform before seating bullet. I much prefer Unique for mid range loads, however.
     
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    I reloaded a lot of Bullseye in 357 Mag handloads (also 44 Magnum). I just started with my manual's min. and worked up. Mostly pre-web
    and before I got a chrony. I doubt if any loads were much more than mid level, and no leading to speak of. Worked OK for me.
     
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    it works fine. But never tried it with a heavy bullet. been using light BE loads in 357 case with a 125 lead bullet for many thousands of rounds with zero issues. knocks them out around 800fps all day long.

    231 is a great powder or another powder variant in that class is what you're going to be looking for.

    Personally, for mid range 357 I switched to right around 7gr BE86. love that stuff.
     
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  13. e rex

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    Fellows, with your guidance I loaded 6 rounds with 150 grain 358477 bullet over 5.7 grains Bullseye in a 357 case. They shot real nice and were accurate, well accurate for this old man. Didn't set up the chrony but they felt similar to my 6.5 grains Unique loads. I believe that they will take down a surly rattlesnake or badger if needed to.
    Thanks for your patience and help.
     
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