Marlin 1894C

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Revilo, May 20, 2021.

  1. Revilo

    Revilo Member

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    I’m back to everything 357 Magnum including a new Marlin 1894C chambered in 38/357. Rate of twist 1:16 in an 18 1/2 inch barrel. Gimme your best load, bullet type and powder to take a Hill Country whitetail at 50 to 75 yards.
     
  2. Revilo

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    Please
     
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  3. troy fairweather

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    I'd either go a nice jacketed soft or flat point, loaded hot
    Or a powder coated semi wad cutter, or wide nose flat point so long it feeds,
     
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  4. ericuda

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    I'd go with an 180 gr xtp with a max charge of h110. Hodgdon says 13 to 13.5 grains.
     
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  5. AJC1

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    Give me another month for hot loads. I'm going to grab my trooper 4" and marlin and its game on....
     
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    158 gr. Hornady XTP's shoot great in mine as well in my 6" barrel revolver. I shoot the same loads in both. Hornady makes the XTP in hollowpoint and flat nose and both shoot the same. The flat nose XTP is designed for higher velocity. I only use Accurate Arms #9 powder and CCI 500 primers. AA data from their #1 manual used standard primers whiie their later data uses magnum primers. My load is 13 grains of AA#9 which isn't quite maximum. I highly recommend the 158 gr. Hornady XTP in your rifle and will work well on deer to 75 yards or more. A great bullet but not premium priced. Use Accurate Arms data for AA#9 available on-line.
     
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  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    When I hunted with a .357 Marlin, my goto load was a 200gr hard cast WFN over 6.0gr of Unique. That’s a great feral hog load and deer stalking load for under 50 yards; but, for deer at 75 yards or more I switched to a Speer 158gr JHP and 2400 powder. I really like the Speer for their economy and they do perform well but if I were spending someone else’s money I would buy the Sierra 158gr.
    H110, 2400, AA No. 9, and IMR 4227 are the goto, best all around powders for .357 hunting loads. JMHO
     
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  8. Revilo

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    Lovin this stuff. I have some Hornady XTP 158 gr. Starting with Federal Small Mag pistol primers. My Hodgdon magazine says 15 to 16.7 of H110 so I will start at 15.5, then 16 grains and take it from there. THANKS.
    PS. I’ve got a 6.5 inch Blackhawk that might get to play too.
     
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  9. Charlie98

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    In a .357 carbine, bigger is better... and I'm a big fan of JSP's in the carbine, 158grn and up. If you are a cast guy, a nice 180grn with a wide, flat nose would work well. Any of those over IMR4227, 2400, or H110/W296 will get the job done nicely.
     
  10. Armored farmer

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    I wish I could be of more help. We in Illinois are forbidden to hunt deer with any centerfire rifle, so my 1894c hasn't had any experience.

    I have however taken several deer with a .357Mag revolver. Based on my experience with that, I would handload some warmer than (my) usual.....:
    158gr XTP over about 6.8gr unique. I have shot this in my revolvers but, I reined it in a bit for general purpose cast bullet shooting. Think it would be a good load. 20160824_183225.jpg I typed this yesterday but I forget to send:confused:
     
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