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Old May 13, 2007, 08:02 PM   #1
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.357mag help

looking in my speer book it says using 125 grain tmj use 9.6grains of unique max.Can a ruger blackhawk handle more then max and would 11 grains be to much for a hunting load?
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Old May 13, 2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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You need to work your load up from the starting load. Your fired cases will give you a good idea when to stop. Look for cases that stick in the cylinder a little, as well as flattened primers. If you're not too sure about checking for excessive pressure, then never exceed published maximum loads. What are you going to hunt? If you're going after deer sized game, I would suggest a heavier bullet and a slower powder like 2400, W296, or H110.
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Old May 13, 2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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Ditto firechicken. Slower powders are much better in 357 for deer sized game. Better velocitys with lower pressure.
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Old May 14, 2007, 12:10 AM   #4
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Just looking in my latest version of Hornady's manual under handgun loads.

They don't list Unique for the 125 gr jacketed bullet. They say AA No. 9, H 110, HS-7 and win 296 were excellent. Then they say that Unique was the best with lead bullets. They are not pushing the lead as fast though.

I don't load for 357, but will caution you about going over the max published loads at any time. #1 what firechicken said. Start low and work up. There are just a lot of variables.
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Old May 14, 2007, 04:56 AM   #5
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When using a fast powder like Unique, PLEASE,PLEASE do not exceed the listed charges. If any, creep up .1 grain at a time, DO NOT JUMP an extra 2 grains at a time. You are liable to find yourself waking up with injuries to do so.
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Old May 14, 2007, 05:38 AM   #6
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I would suggest winchester 296 with a 158 gr hornady xtp. Check the powder charge in hornady's book. I use 18.5 grs of 296 behind a 125 grn winchester JHP for paper punching at the range. 1.585 COL.
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Old May 14, 2007, 01:39 PM   #7
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WHAT game are you intending to hunt? That slug is awfully light for anything other that rabbits.
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