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What's your most accurate .357 load.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by brutus51, May 19, 2020.

  1. brutus51

    brutus51 Member

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    Strictly taking bulls eye accuracy not the fastest or most powerful.
    For me it's always been 125gr. JHP on top of 13.5gr of 2400 for .357 Magnum or
    158gr. lead semi wadcutter on top of 3.0gr. of bullseye, this is the most accurate and pleasant to shoot. How about you folks?
     
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  2. possumbelly220

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    6.1gr of Universal with a 158gr. lead semi wadcutter, very accurate in my Ruger Blackhawk with a 4 5/8 inch barrel.
     
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    4.8gr WST behind 158gr LSWC. Very accurate out of my 6" Custom Python. Just don't have the eye site any more to see the open sights.
     
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    I just started using Bullseye in 357 and I'm liking it
     
  5. Armored farmer

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    I have only tried a few powders, and 6.4 grs unique has been good for me.
    It shoots great in my revolvers and carbine. Very pleasant to shoot as well.
    I admit that I havent spent the time required to develop loads for specific guns.
     
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  6. Cump

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    I have had very good accuracy with 6.5 grains of Unique and 125 grain plated bullets. Also 13.5 grains of 2400 with 158 grain JHP.

    I've used the Unique load with success in a variety of guns, from Mod 60s to M92s. I've only shot the 2400 load in a Blackhawk and 686.
     
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    It looks like I almost repeated your post.
     
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    13.6gr of Accurate #9, Hornady 158gr xtp with a standard small primer this load shoots very well in a Ruger Sec. Six w/a 2.75" barrel.
     
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  10. .38 Special

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    I like 6.5 grains of Unique behind the Lyman 358156 gascheck bullet. This has been an accurate, mid-range load that shoots well in nearly every gun with which I've tried it.

    When accuracy is truly the only thing that matters, I use 2.7 grains of Bullseye with a Hornady "dry lubed" HBWC in a .38 case. In the rare instance that a .357 doesn't like .38 cases, I switch to 3 grains in .357 brass.
     
  11. nofendertom

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    6 gr of Unique and 158 gr LSWC does it for me.
     
  12. brutus51

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    Thanks for all the replies folks. Would really like to try some HBWC's and will probably buy 100 to try out. Anyone like to recommend their favorite?
    I feel your pain, when in my 20's I could shoot 1" groups at 25 yards regularly but nowadays, well let's just say 7yds. is the new 25.:(
    Always liked Unique but I switched to Universal because it meters better and provides the same performance with less powder.
    Got the 13.5gr. 2400 load from Skeeter Skelton back in the late 70's.
    It's top performance was with the Speer 146gr. half jacketed semi-wadcutter, which is no longer made.
    I still have some but won't shoot em cause they are kinda like the coveted baseball cards I used to have. :uhoh:
     
  13. jmorris

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    Mine is a charge of Herco 2400 that’s over max in any current book (not that any current book lists Herco powders) with a 158 grain JHP. Golf balls at 50 yards move much further away upon firing at them.
     
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  14. murf

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    180 grain lead truncated cone bullet over 10.0 grains of blue dot (cci 500 primer)

    it is as accurate as far out as you want to shoot.

    went over the chrony @ 1200 fps

    nice kick out of my blackhawk

    luck,

    murf
     
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