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Old December 5, 2012, 01:00 AM   #18
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Location: Montana
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Why do you want the very hottest .357?
Can't answer for the OP, but when it comes to hiking the hotter the better (staying in spec). I hike in Wolf, black bear, Grizzly, and Cougar country on a regular basis. I normally don't recommend a 357, but my 44 is getting too heavy for me with with multiple injuries. I've just started packing a 357 and I prefer 158 grs. with 14.5 AA#9. This will float a 158 through the air about 1400-1450 fps from a 6" 357. I would love to go beyond, but that would take me out of SAAMI spec.

This is my hottest load. Although, I do have some 125s loaded to 1750 fps with 18.6 grns of AA#9. Still in spec with the Hornady reload manual.
One of the reasons I prefer this powder... I like Hornady bullets and in my 4th edition Hornady reload manual this powder is king.
Gun permit?? A bread crumb tossed to a sleeping society awoken by the sound of complacency. "They are for your own good", and "you will understand when you see all the lives they save". Yes master, what else will you toss me from your bag of infringements?? Do you want me to roll over and play dead? I do that very well. --skidder
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