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Favorite 357/180 grain loads?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by only1asterisk, Feb 17, 2005.

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  1. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

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    Anybody got a favorite load for the SSK 180 TCBB? Penn Bullets is nearby and their quality excellent. While I think I will stick to LBT type WFN for hunting, these look to be the thing for practice.


    David
     
  2. Ben Shepherd

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    What gun are you loading for? I've got a good 180 recipie but it's labeled "REDHAWK ONLY".
    Need more details.
     
  3. only1asterisk

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    Ben

    I'm shooting a Model 27 and not necessarily looking for top end data, but I'd like to see your numbers for reference.

    David
     
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    Best accuracy is usually with H4227, best velocities with Hod. Lil-Gun.
    Check Hodgdon's web site for maximum charges.
    Use Magnum primers with Lil-gun, regular with H4227.
    Alliant #2400 is good, as is Win296/H110.
    Only way to know which is best in your gun is to shoot-'em!

    The Remington 180gr H.P.'s are excellent too, and very attractively priced.
     
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    WARNING-THIS DATA IS ABOVE CURRENT MAXIMUMS AND MAY OR MAY NOT BE SAFE IN YOUR GUN!!! ----USE AT YOUR OWN RISK----

    It's not a really wild combo but it definietly is up there.

    1. New federal cases
    2. Federal small pistol magnum primers
    3. Hornady 180XTP seated to REAR groove(may be too long in your gun)
    4. 15.5 grains of 2400
    5. Heavy crimp with a redding "profile" crimp die.

    Not quite what you were looking for slug-wise but there's a good reference point.

    This load will consistently put 5 shots in under an inch outside-to-outside at 15 yards, and does an honest 1350 out of my 7.5" redhawk. I plan on playing with 296 and lil' gun in this combo(both of wich should yeild more velocity easily). But the accuacy this load gives will be tough to beat. As I said before-with the bullet seated long the pressure doesn't get to wild-but it's definately above current maximums.

    Obligitory ending:this load is above current published maximums!!--use at your own risk
     
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    Another ''with warnings'' mention - just for interest' sake. Long ago doing longe range pistol ... buddy of mine was using 180's and putting them thru his Blackhawk. Don't ask me the charge weight but he finished up with a compressed charge of BLUE DOT!!

    AFAIK, the gun survived ... but it made one heck of a boom!! I would not - of course - suggest anyone try this trick either. I very much doubt pressures were in safe limits.
     
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