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Old June 22, 2011, 06:40 PM   #1
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SP101 .357 loads

Hi, just got into reloading last year. Still learning. I have an SP101 .357 in a 3" barrel. I'm looking to carry this gun as a back up when bowhunting. Mostly for mountain lions and maybe crazy silence-of-lambs freaks. What would be a good load for my gun in a .357?

I was thinking 158gr. XTP HP slugs.. What about powder for this short barrel? Bullseye? H110? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old June 22, 2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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I think a 158 grain SWC or 180 LBT style hard cast bullet makes more sense for what you describe. I would go with 2400 or AA 9.
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Old June 22, 2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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110 and 2400 powder both produce a fierce muzzle blast accompanied by lots of unburned powder from short barrel lengths in my experience. That might place you at a disadvantage. I was going to experiment to see if AA#9 or L'il Gun produces less flash but had to put that on hold.

Your choice of 158gr XTP is a good one..
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Old June 22, 2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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HP 38 might be an option for ya
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Old June 22, 2011, 09:54 PM   #5
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HP 38 might be an option for ya
Chucky that is the same as Win 231 powder, while it can be used it is not really for 357 Mag, 38 Spl would be more approprate. For Mag loads you want a slower buring powder like AA 2400 or Win 296 or you could use AA #9. They produce better results, but in a 3 inch you are going to get recoillllllll.

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