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Old August 4, 2011, 10:24 AM   #11
Doodlebugger45
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Yep, you saw the classic signs of high pressure no doubt. Wow, 16.7 gr with a cast bullet of 12 hardness. That is over pressure no doubt and the bullet is too soft for those velocities, resulting in barrel leading problems. If you want to try some more manly type .357 loads, try the Missouri Bullet .357 in 180 gr. They call it the Striker. Try starting out at about 13.0 gr of H110/W296. Max is about 13.5 gr of that powder. The bullet is very hard, so it shouldn't lead your barrel. You will feel a lot more satisfying recoil than you do with the little 158 bullets. Penetration is extremely good too.
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