- Jan 4, 2018
All I can say is, remember when it was hard to find 357 on the shelf, much less at a decent price? Might be good to have a back up plan.My dad is pretty stoked now that he has a red dot on his 357 mag and wants to take it deer hunting (he’s got the skills, no worries about a clean shot there)
So I already make him .38spcl for plinking which drill 8” plates at 50 yards just using a turret press and knocking out plinker rounds. But we talked a little about making some 357 mag for him to hunt with. He has a handful of store bought hornady hunting loads that seem to shoot well.
Ok now that the backstory is out of the way here’s my question and some of our conversation/ consideration went:
1: We would have to buy brass, primers and projectiles. (I usually don’t have to buy brass, I got access to everything I need except 357).
2: I would likely treat it like a rifle round. Weigh out each charge by hand, trim, chamfer, debur, etc.
My comment to him was, with the cost and time going in to it and not really knowing if it’ll shoot much better than the store bought stuff, it may not be worth it, since he won’t go thru box after box of it. And frankly, I don’t know the first thing about 357 mag loading. (Is it just as consistent with a turret press, crimp/no crimp etc etc.)
So my question I guess is: for those who load 357mag for hunting only, is it worth all the effort?