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gas checks in 357 mag

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dakotasin, Mar 28, 2006.

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  1. dakotasin

    dakotasin Member

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    fellas... i want to work up some nuclear-level loads in my 357 mag using cast bullets, but i can't find any commercially available cast bullets for a 357 that comes w/ gas checks.

    does this mean i need to keep looking, or does this mean gas checks aren't necessary?
     
  2. Steve C

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    i was hoping to stick w/ 158 grain bullets - or something close to that; cp has gas checks for 180's and heavier...

    so, is there a source for ~158 grain cast gas checks, or are they just not necessary?
     
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    I haven't seen commercially cast .357 gascheck bullets in a long time . . . and that was just from a local guy at a local gun show. IMHO the added cost (materials and labor) involved in making cast gaschecked bullets probably dictate a noticeably higher price, which greatly reduces the market, unless you're aiming at a niche like CPB which specializes in heavyweight LBT designs.

    I found I had to cast my own - the Lyman 358156 is a good design, with two crimp grooves.
     
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    If you go to the CP website, they list a 160gr .358 gas check bullet in their product catalog. Midway only sell 180gr and up.
     
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