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Old December 13, 2001, 03:24 PM   #1
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Light .357 magnum loads with 125 gr JHP


I want to load up some very light plinking loads with some cheapo 125 grain jhp bullets that I have. This is what I have and will be using.

Mixed .357 cases
125 grain JHP
Winchester Small Pistol primers (non-magnum)
Bullseye Powder.

Want something with very light recoil. Max from Alliant's page shows 8.4 grains of Bullseye with magnum primers. How low can I go? Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old December 13, 2001, 06:00 PM   #2
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Light .357 magnum loads with 125 gr JHP


For years, I have loaded 8.0 grains of UNIQUE:

With 158 grain Jacketed or Lead
With 146 1/2 Jacketed HP
125 grain JHP

The 8.0 grains of UNIQUE brings the velocity and recoil down to a managebale leve.
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Old December 13, 2001, 10:27 PM   #3
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Use some standard .38 Special loadings....they should be light enough.
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Old December 14, 2001, 06:59 AM   #4
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Using 38 data is great idea, but don't go too slow; the bullet might stick in the bore.

A wee bit more zip will ensure your safety.
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Old December 14, 2001, 07:34 AM   #5
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Dont go below the publised data in your reloading manual or you could have some problems with a bullet sticking in the barrel. And dont use 38sp loads in 357 cases
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Old December 14, 2001, 08:05 AM   #6
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A starting load of 6.5 gr Bullseye should provide a very low velocity 125 gr. load. This should give you the velocity from a standard pressure 38 Special 125 gr. load.
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Old December 14, 2001, 10:40 AM   #7
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Pick a .38 Spl. load that gives you about 850 fps, and load it into your .357 cases.

That will probably give you about 700-750 fps given the greater capacity of the .357 case and the larger jump for the bullet.

If these are lead bullets, you can probably safely go down to about 500 fps before you might have problems with bullet sticking.
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