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RESULTS 357 and Power Pistol

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jim8115, Oct 28, 2012.

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  1. jim8115

    jim8115 Member

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    Been using PP for my 40, so I thought I would give it a try in .357 Magnum.
    I really like it. Within 100FPS of full power H-110 loads with a fraction the blast / recoil , and less than half the powder. Especially like the way it works in the short barrel

    158 Grain Missouri Bullet SWC
    8.0 Grains Power pistol

    Ruger GP100 6" AVG 1226 FPS
    S&W 686 2 1/2" AVG 1103

    JIM
     
  2. rsrocket1

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    Interesting. I ran a batch using 125g Bear Creek TC's with 9, 9.5 and 10g of Power Pistol this week. I do like that powder.

    125g Bear Creek TC
    Power Pistol
    Ruger Service Six 4" barrel
    9.0g AVG 1285
    9.5g AVG 1395
    10.0g AVG 1459

    I had about 100 of these so I wanted to see what the "FBI load" felt like. Pretty stout recoil, but no stronger than a full house 1911 or 180g 40 S&W through my Tupperware M&P40. Fortunately, these Rugers are built like a tank and weigh about the same.

    I'll probably stick with 158g Lee RNFP's that drop out of my Lee 6 banger mold. The metplat is almost as big as a wadcutter and they punch holes almost as clean as a SWC.
     
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    I have loaded lots of it in 357, but still prefer 2400 for full power loads. However, I have a load using Hornady 158gr LSWC-HP with power pistol that is accurate and expands like mad in wet pack.
     
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    I use Power Pistol with the 140gr FTX Hornady loads. I use H110 with 158gr boomers and W231 with 148gr WC's. Works great.
     
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    The only .357 Magnum ammo I made with Power Pistol was some Speer 135gr Short Barrel .357 Magnum replica rounds. I was able to replicate the load almost exactly except for the flash Power Pistol generates that the factory ammo doesn't.

    I would use a lot more Power Pistol if the flash wasn't so intense. At least I have HS-6 and Longshot but even there, Longshot is awfully loud.
     
  6. ColtPythonElite

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    I have loaded thousands of 125 gr JHPs using 10.0 gr of Power Pistol...It is my favorite load since Alliant issued the 125 gr/Blue Dot warning.
     
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    I'm very reluctant to use any powder that is suseptable to accidental double charges. I'm sure PP is a great powder, but not for me. I like my powdes about as slow burning as can be, even though that is often the higher performance option.
    As for .357 mag., I load with 2400 or H110.
    GS
     
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