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Old April 26, 2019, 02:16 PM   #26
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My suggested powder for 357 use.
296 or AA #7_ Both I found will give acceptable {hunting range} accuracy.
My first two choices also.
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Old April 26, 2019, 07:15 PM   #27
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Fair choices, though AA No.9 might be considered. Since I've been using 2400 for the past 40+ years, I'll just stick with it.
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Old April 26, 2019, 07:17 PM   #28
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I could live with 2400 if that's all I had. You can use it in a lot of different cartridges and it works well. It's one of my top choices for .357mag, 44mag, and even 45-70. I'll put that down as #3 on my list.
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Old April 27, 2019, 05:08 PM   #29
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+1 for 158g xtp hollow points and 2400.

I used these some in a .357 Maximum Contender. I can’t tell you the velocity, but they were far above what Hornady recommended. On the advice of others 2 decades ago, I tried them and verified for myself they blew a big hole in the other side... they are stout and didn’t go “varmint” explosive, even many hundreds of FPS above recommended.

158 slung very very very hot in the Maximum Contender and hot in a 5 1/2” Blackhawk. Normal load in a marlin carbine. They held up no matter how fast. I can’t see how anything could be better; they work.

That said, I used the 180s in the carbine. Honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference.

I have mostly full boxes of Cast Performance hard cast at 180 and 187 grain. I ended up deciding that if I wanted to take bone-crushing shots, the .45 Ruger 240 grain loads were better for me.
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