The Ruger Blackhawks seem to last forever. I also shoot the same loads out of my Rossi .357 Lever Action. You must carefully choose your ammunition for your intended purpose. On a hunting trip with Col. D.B. Accuracy. ammunition, offers dual benefits for handgun shooting. I liked your article and the results from your comparison tests very much, I would like to duplicate that combination for use in my Henry Big Boy. Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, State Agency: That’s a bit unusual because frequently a load that is accurate in one gun won’t be accurate in another, but that rule doesn’t seem to apply here. Only the antelope required two shots! 75 yards: 1,334 f.p.s. That’s the 158-grain cast semi-wadcutter bullet (the Keith-style) over 7.0 grains of Unique. The 600-yard targets in Ed McGivern’s Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting were shot using the Keith .38/44 loads in an 8-3/4″ .357 Magnum. One of the first complaints we hear today is the .357 Magnum isn’t powerful enough for big game hunting but Col. Wesson obviously wouldn’t agree. I’ll always have a passion for the .44 and .45 sixguns but I can no longer handle a steady diet of heavy loads in the big-bore revolvers. 11FS Powder results (15.7 grains) 158 grain Hornady XTP: Smallest group 1/2″; largest group 1-1/4″; average group size 7/8″. The powder-coated bullets look cool (the cartridges kind of look like lipstick). 100 yards: 1,105 f.p.s. Cases that have been fired numerous times also show thinning of the mouth rims. Our in-depth review of the latest Big Boy, the Color Case Hardened version, can be read here: There is one problem with modern-day .357 magnum loads: Many of the ammunition manufacturers have watered down their .357 Magnum factory loads. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, State Agency: This will show you that you have (or don't have) an accurate revolver. Interesting about not having full power loads in factory .357 ammo. Those variations are not conducive to a strong and even crimp.
They have reduced the powder to make the round more acceptable in small frame revolvers. Loading swaged lead bullets in .38 Spl. These are not jacketed bullets; the copper plating is chemically applied and the coating is very thin. I have a pair of 5″ 27-5s which are some of the last production model .357 Magnums made and they routinely out-shoot my Pre-27 and early Model 27. You can practice endlessly with the cheaper and low-recoiling 38 Special loads and go to the full-power loads with the occasion demands.
For me, performance was the same as conventional cast bullets. good stuff. The Clarys review the Western Powder Loads For The .357 Henry Big Boy Rifle. You should never just take these loads (or any others from the Internet) and simply run with them.
I sure loved that 200-grain bullet in the .357 Magnum. Always consult a reputable reloading manual (I like the Hornady and Lyman manuals best). However, by the time World War II erupted, fewer non-Registered Magnums had been made than Registered Magnums. The .38 Spl. revolver, which can chamber .38 Spl. I use standard rather than magnum primers. In 1935, Col. George Patton purchased his 3-1/2″-barreled .357 in Hawaii. When I shot metallic silhouette competition I used a 200-grain cast roundnose bullet in my .357 Magnum Model 27 Smith and Wesson. 50 yards: 1,191 f.p.s. There’s a bunch of similar articles on our Tales of the Gun page. For over 20 years it was simply known as "the Magnum," as there was no other. Because of these reduced power loads, many commercial .357 Magnum offerings are not suitable for feral hog or whitetail hunting. Is there such a thing as .357 not-magnum? I am interested in Bullseye, Unique, and 2400, in magnum cases. Then I load them and shoot away. Always start with lower charges and work your way up, looking for any signs of excess pressure, and go no higher if you see signs of excess pressure. Any thoughts on the use of Acc#9 in Henry big boy 357 magnum? I am searching for prior threads here and elsewhere, but since people's 44 mag advice was so good I thought it would be good to start the thread here. On the other hand, 16.2 grains of H110 powder will drive the 140 grain bullet to a MV of 1323 fps, and a maximum load of 17.2 grains of H110 will drive the same bullet to a MV of 1352 fps. I’ve played with a lot of different .357 Magnum loads over the years. It shoots under 1″ groups off the bench with iron sights at 50 yards. loads to avoid the problem of bullets lodging in the bore. Originally the company believed all .357 Magnums would have 8-3/4″ barrels as they would only be used for hunting. bullet clocks out at 1,400 fps when duplicated and fired through my 8-3/8″ Smith today.
Another FBI agent to receive an early .357 Magnum was Frank Baughman (who developed the Baughman Ramp Front Sight). It was superbly accurate with 12.4 grains of 296. So much so it is popular with silhouette shooters who reach out to 100 yards, or more, to knock down small steel targets. I wish I had not sold any of the Blackhawks. Muzzle: 1,544 f.p.s. Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, State Agency: Newer magnum cartridges eventually surpassed it in power, but not in popularity or usefulness. Some folks swear by these bullets and love them for IDPA and similar competitive pistol events. It was specifically designed for the .357 and .44 magnum calibers. If you do not have Rob's book, buy it, you will not regret the decision. It’s one of my favorite revolvers and it’s not for sale (it never will be; I learned my lesson about letting good guns get away). During the 1920s the bad guys were winning the war against the good guys simply because gangsters were much better armed. 100 yards: 1,274 f.p.s. Your mileage may vary. For the most part, if you have a .357 Magnum revolver, ammo that’s marked as .357 Magnum will be fine. First of all, I would try a target load with a hollow base wadcutter with.357 cases (not.38 special cases). But if you go into a gunstore or a department store that sells ammo or order online and you get .357 Magnum ammo, you should be just fine. A Powder Checker or Lock-Out die is installed after the charging station to ensure that. A load I carried when in the military was 180g H.P. For more than a year before the release of this gun, Col. Wesson manufactured a few pilot models, building and rebuilding each one, redesigning this and that until he found a suitable combination. All of the loads shot well in the rifle but velocities varied depending on the powder used in the hand loads or the brand of factory ammo. Jim and Mary, Gun Deals: MFT 30 Round 5.56 NATO Polymer AR15 Magazines $9.99 Each, Gun Deals: Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8X24mm Rifle Scope w/ Mount $394.99 FREE S&H CODE, Gun Deals: LSI Citadel Boss-25 AR-12 Gauge, Semi-automatic, Shotgun $474.99 FREE S&H, Pre-Order: 50 Round Boxes Winchester 9mm Luger 124grain, FMJ Ammunition $17.99, CMMG Bravo 22 LR AR Conversion Kit – The First Kit That Doesn’t Suck ~VIDEO, What “Unsigning” the Arms Trade Treaty Means for American Gun Owners ~ VIDEO, Daily Gun Deal: Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 SportRifle .22LR Magpul MBUS sights $449.99, The “Other” Model ’94 Lever Action Rifle: Marlin 94 Rifle, Second Amendment Makes Clear: Americans Are Not Subservient To Government – Part Two, Arkansas Passes Significant NFA Gun Law Reforms in 2019. by John Haviland - Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State Agency: Enforcer Powder results (13.0 grains) 158 grain XTP: Smallest group 7/8″; largest group 1-1/2″; average group size 1-1/4″.
Although described as .38 caliber, it’s actually .357 inches in diameter (both .357 Magnum and .38 Special are .357 inches in diameter). At least — as this is written — the N-Frame .357 Magnum and I are still on very close speaking terms. Let’s take a look at where the round came from, some early uses, the men who popularized it and some of the best .357 Magnum revolvers past and present. I have not chronographed the loads out of the rifle since someone stole my chronograph. After the war Smith & Wesson resumed production of the .357 Magnum but by 1949 had only completed 142 guns. The .38 Special does okay in a .357 Magnum handgun, but I believe the best accuracy resides in a .357 case. Phil Sharpe is the main figure responsible for the .357 Magnum and to come up with the case for the ammo, he simply lengthened the standard .38 Special from 1.155″ to 1.290″ to prevent the more powerful round from being dropped in a .38 Special cylinder. The 180’s never over penetrated any “targets” and the 240’s would break most any part of a car engine you sent it to. I have found the 140-146 grain bullets to be a good all-around choice for use in the field and very accurate. The Registered Magnums were all specially ordered with a number of options as to barrel length, sights and grips. Add a bunch of .38s for practice and fun, and a .357 Mag. Meanwhile back at the ranch — literally — in North Fork Idaho, Elmer Keith was seeing how much he could get out the .38 Special using the S&W .38/44 Heavy Duty. Indiana Department of Natural Resources, State Agency: So care must be taken to prevent a double charge of propellant from making it into a case during loading. 25 yards: 1,243 f.p.s. That’s the 110-grain Hornady jacketed hollow point and a max Unique load (10.0 grains of Unique, as listed in a Hornady reloading manual from the 1970s). The Handgun Reloading section of the Speer Reloading Manual Number 14 shows that 16.5 grains of 2400 powder will drive their 125 grain bullets to a MV of 1335 fps, and 17.5 grains of 2400 will drive the same bullets to a MV of 1409 fps.
.357 Magnum factory ballistics tables call for a muzzle velocity of 1450 fps for the 125 grain JHP with 583 ft. lbs.
A steady aim at the top of a marmot’s head at 75 yards will roll the hay hog off its mound. But there are oddballs. Lead bullets are great for such high-volume shooting. A .357 Mag.
Trimming cases to 1.280 inches in length removes that thinning for a strong crimp of uniform depth on bullets. It used to be a standard .38 Special bullet for police duty, but very few (if any) departments carry .38s today, and nobody seems to stock the 200-grain bullets. It is loaded with factual information of value to beginners as well as advanced reloaders. The loads I like have worked well for me in any .357 I’ve ever shot. It is more than accurate enough for close quarters battle and hunting at reasonable ranges. When I fired several powder-coated bullets fairly quickly, I could smell the paint. Dedicated sixgunners, however, had other ideas. Elmer Keith’s early prototype 6-1/2″ specimen (he didn’t care for the longer barrel length) recently sold — along with all of his guns at auction — for just under $29,000. I have found Winchester W231 and Hodgdon HS-6 powders excellent for low and medium velocity loads and H-110, W296 and Hercules 2400 powders excellent for maximum loads with bullets weighing from 125-158 grains. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, State Agency:
AA 1680 is not listed to be used for .357 Magnum loads: Because it’s not a powder used in the 357 Magnum. ammunition in the same gun enables that shooter to hunt larger game and to fend off beasts that snarl in the night.
It’s probably the fastest load I tested because of the max load and the light bullets. revolver is a sure bet for everyone’s everyday handgun shooting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News. I had a new Model 27 that I wore out in a couple of seasons in the metallic silhouette game; it suffered from extreme gas cutting under the top strap and a cylinder that sashayed around like an exotic dancer in a room full of big tippers. I would not hesitate to use the .357 on deer-sized critters including antelope and feral pigs though I wouldn’t use it on elk, moose and grizzly bear unless it was all I had. For many years I tried to find a 6-1/2″ .357 Model 27 of any “dash” variation and never could. The 4" Registered Magnum became wildly popular with lawmen due in I limit my handgun shooting to 50 yards on live …
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