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Old May 25, 2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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Alternate ( NOT H110) powder for 357 Rem Maximum

Alternate ( NOT H110) powder for 357 Rem Maximum

Have been playing with two new barrels for my TC Contender (in carbine configuration).

Hand Loading for:
357 Rem Maximum (180 and 158 grain Jacketed)
45 Winchester Magnum (230 grain Jacketed)

Working with the 45 Win Magnum........
The usual powder recommended was H110 and it called for >20 grains.
Found this to be a "punishing" load recoil wise
Then I found a published load using HP-38 (10 grains).
Found this to be much more plesant, and gave me all the accuracy I wanted.
( I am shooting targets at 25 yards - not trying to "kill")

Now working with the 357 Rem Maximum, again I find published loads using ( almost exclusively) H110.

Can anyone recommened a load using something like HP-38.

If the 45 Win Mag can be tamed with a faster powder resulting in less recoil and still yeilding safe accurate rounds - seems there must be a way to do the same with the 357 Rem Maximum.

I would like to stick to some of the more common (easier to find) powders like the common Hodgdon line or ????????
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Old May 25, 2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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I haven't loaded 357 Maximum, but I would guess that Blue Dot would work well. I use it in 357 Mag and 44 Mag loads. Very accurate, burns clean, less muzzle flash than H110/WW296.
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Old May 25, 2007, 08:25 PM   #3
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The H-110 is about the fastest powder you want to use in the Maximum. Slower powders work much better. The best I've found for my TC is AA1680. Depending on the barrel you can get 2000'ps with the 180 gr pills. I know this is not the direction you want to go with your loads but you are shooting a Maximum, not a Special. Using faster powders like HP 38 will most likely result in erratic and possibly dangerous pressures. Loading density will be far less than the optimum 80% and probably less than 25%. I wouldn't try it. Might want to consider buying a 357 Mag barrel for the reduced loads.
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Old May 25, 2007, 09:42 PM   #4
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renaissance, have you tried looking at, as he has quite a bit of info on most loadings? best-o-luck
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Old May 26, 2007, 06:59 AM   #5
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For medium-power 357 MAX suggest HS6 and Universal Clays.

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Old May 27, 2007, 11:16 AM   #6
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If you are looking for a target load, try Trail Boss. Very clean.
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