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Rifle bullet in a revolver brass?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Blue Brick, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. Blue Brick

    Blue Brick Member

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    Using a single shot rifle, is it possible to load a 357 magnum brass with a 358 rifle bullet?
     
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    Will the OAL allow it to chamber?
     
  3. Blue Brick

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    What is OAL?
     
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    Yes it is. I used to load 200gr .358 RN jacketed bullets intended for the .35 Rem in .357 cases to shoot IHMSA (metallic silhouette) with a Contender. Back then, there were no suitable heavy (> 158 gr) bullets for this application. Now there are many. You can, but why would you?
     
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    OAL = Over All length
     
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    Oh, and OAL means "overall length". In a single shot rifle, as in my Contender, the onliest :) thing to concern yourself with was making sure you didn't have the bullet jammed into the lands of the rifling.
     
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    I came across a 357 magnum single shot rifle and I was just looking into full potential of the rifle if I learned to hand load some special hunting rounds.
     
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    Yes, you can.
    http://www.beartoothbullets.com/bulletselect/index.htm
    Look at the 180gr +P. It only seats .290" into the case to maximize powder capacity. Just be sure to check and see that the cartridge will fit without reaching the lands.
    The ideal bullet for this, the Remington 150gr CL-PSP, is unfortunately no longer available as a reloading component but is still found in factory .35 Remington ammo. You can get some pretty impressive velocities with this bullet out of a .357 Magnum single shot.
     
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    Bullets are designed to perform & expand reliably at a velocity generally considered the norm for the caliber in question.

    Loading heavy .35 Rem/358 Win/35 Whelen rifle bullets designed to expand at 2,500 FPS velocity or more, may not work so hot in a .357 Magnum carbine at 1,500 or less.

    If you want great hunting performance, stick with .357 revolver bullets designed to expand at .357 revolver & carbine velocity levels.

    rc
     
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    Ok thanks.
     
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