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Old August 19, 2002, 11:08 PM   #1
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.357 Hunting Loads

Hello, folks.

What are people's recommendations for a .357 magnum hunting load? I'll be using a 5" barrel from a custom 686, and the terrain will be fairly thick so the shot will be within 20 yards.

Thanks,

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Old August 19, 2002, 11:14 PM   #2
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I like a Keith 173 gr solid or 168 gr hp over a good charge of #2400. The powder wieght tailored to the indiviual pistol.

I use actual, authentic Ideal (now Lyman) moulds so that I know I am getting the real Keith design, as I think it's the best available.

Hope this helps.


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Old August 20, 2002, 09:36 AM   #3
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I use the 173 grain Keith bullet dropped from a four cavity Lyman mould. Powder is 15 grains of 2400.

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Old August 20, 2002, 10:18 AM   #4
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I hunt the same type of terrain but could take shots up to 40 yards (my limit with my 586). I have used two different loads. One being a 158 grain gold dot hollow point over max for my gun charges of 2400 or H110. The other load that I am using now, thanks to WESHOOT is the Hornady 180 grain XTP-JHP over max charge of H110. Both shoot well and are more than enough for the typical deer that I see. I also carry a 20 gauge with slugs for the 200+ pound monsters that show themselves every once in a while.
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Old August 21, 2002, 04:50 AM   #5
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I use the NEI 146 bullet over 15 grains of H-110.
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Old August 21, 2002, 07:48 AM   #6
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This group, which measured somewhere around 0.710-inches for 6-shots at 75-yards.
It was fired using a Ruger Blackhawk in .357 Magnum with open sights
Case: Remington
Primer: CCI-550
Powder: 14.5 grains of 2400
Bullet: Sierra 158 grain Jacketed Hollow Cavity
Velocity 15' from muzzle: 1,222 fps

Works great on deer-sized animals out to 75 yards.
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Old August 21, 2002, 09:18 AM   #7
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That Lyman Keith ... that is all you need to know.
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Old August 21, 2002, 06:33 PM   #8
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one small thought

If it fits your cylinder, try the R-P 180g SJHP.

Vihta 3N37. NON-Magnum primer. Heavy crimp using REDDING Profile Crimp die.

Or not.
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Old August 21, 2002, 08:52 PM   #9
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Remington 180......Good pick
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