My 1st reloads, .357 magnum

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  1. MikeS.

    MikeS. XDTalk 1K Member

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    Hey gang, I just completed my 1st 50 reloads on my own equipment. I've reloaded several hundred on a friends progressive machine. This was on my own Rockchucker press.

    I used Winchester small pistol primer. 6.9grns of Bullseye and a 158grn bullet. The bullet has the bottom half jacketed and the top half exposed lead. OAL is 1.587

    I crossed referenced a Speer manual and an Alliant manual for Bullseye to come up with 6.9grns.

    Does this sound good? I'm gonna use them in my Rossi 1892 lever action and my Ruger single-six.

     
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    Looking at my Speer # 13 & # 14 manuals I don't see the bullet you mentioned so I had to go back to some old Speer manuals to find it. They don't make that bullet any longer I don't believe.

    At any rate, the load you listed (middle of the road) looks good to me as a starting point.
     
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    Congrats on reloading. I just finished a batch of .223....must be a good day to reload. :)

    This is just my opinion, but there are many other powders much better suited for magnum loads other than Bullseye. While I like it (just bought 8 pounds of it a couple of months ago), I personally would not use it for jacketed .357 loads. I routinely load it in .38 Spl and .45 ACP for lower velocity target/practice loads. Bullseye is a very fast burning powder. I don't use fast burning powders in magnum cartridges.
     
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    I'm with arizona98tj and maybe try a different powder than Bullseye for .357 mag. I personally use either 2400 or unique for my .357's. I've also got some red dot .357 loads I've done up and want to see how they work out considering I have a bit of red dot sitting around.
     
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    arizona98tj XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    I usually reach for Unique also when I'm doing .357 loading.
     
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    I agree, BE is NOT the powder of choice for anything but light loads w/ lead bullets ina magnum round. It sounds liek a REm. 158gr or older SPeer 1/2 jacketed bullet? Either way, that load is near the top end & should be worked upto, not just sit down & crank out 50. When I load any new bullet/pwoder combo, I owrk up loads. This is done using a middle avg. data. & loading NO MORE than 10rds @ that powder wt. THen dependning on what you are trying to accomplish, work up or down in .1gr increments for fast or uberfast powders (W231 & faster) or 0.2gr for med.-med. slow powders (Unique to AA#7 or Longshot). For the slow powders like AA#9, H110, 2400, etc. working up in 0.3gr in larger cases yields good results. Then when you find a load that does what you want safelt, load in quantity.
     
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    arizona98tj XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    I believe you meant .1 gr increments (see comment above in red).

    Everything else you said....I agree.
     
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    Thanks arizona, key boards are tricky things.:lol:
     
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    Thanks guys. I've since bought a lb of 2400 for the hotter .357 and .44 mag loads. Store was out of Unique. I also have a lb of W231 to work with.

    My manual shows 7.2 or .3 of BE as max with this bullet. They are an old Hornady half jacketed bullet. I only had 100 of these and they are all loaded now.

     

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