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I think all .357 Mag loads have a "little pep". ;)
 

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I think he wants firebreathin', scortch the hair off your arm to your elbow, bloody forehead pep. :thumb:
 

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A load I rely on the most and is well within any gun's pressure levels, yet accurate and powerful is the old standby, 14.5 grains of 2400 behind a gas checked 158 SWC. I cast the bullet from a Lee mold, has a HUGE flat front with sharp angles to it, very destructive to tissue on game. I've killed 3 deer with this load, 2 from a Ruger 6.5" blackhawk and one from a Rossi M92 lever action with a 20" barrel, that one at about 80 yards. It was a doe and she went maybe 20 ft before piling up.

I use this load for general outdoor work in my 4" M66 and my carbine and for hunting in the carbine. I shoot it a lot at the range, too, for magnum practice. I carry a 140 grain Speer JHP in front of 17.0 grains 2400 for defense. It's also safe, but pretty hot. Most of my shooting is done with the cast load, though, and barrel leading is no problem with the gas check bullet. I push it to near 1900 fps in the rifle.
 

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Yep, the 605 I got gets your attention with factory loads, I was reloading the other way, down, guess I was wrong. :eek:
 

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I actually prefer lighter loads for practice and accuracy so I mainly shoot 148gr WC (Lee mold T358-148-WC) in front of 2.8gr of N-340 loaded in a .38 or a .357. But if you want wrist snapping, bone jaring recoil try loading 125gr JSP with 8.5gr of Bullseye in a .357 case with a magnum primer. Hold on and have fun!!
 

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rainman said:
I actually prefer lighter loads for practice and accuracy so I mainly shoot 148gr WC (Lee mold T358-148-WC) in front of 2.8gr of N-340 loaded in a .38 or a .357. But if you want wrist snapping, bone jaring recoil try loading 125gr JSP with 8.5gr of Bullseye in a .357 case with a magnum primer. Hold on and have fun!!
That bullet is quite accurate. I stuff a .38 case with it in front of the old standby 2.7 grains Bullseye and shoot it a lot in all my .38 and .357 guns at the range. I have my .357 sights marked for that load and my 158 load on the elevation screw. A few clicks and I'm snooting which ever load I want to. I put a lot more .38s down range, though, than .357s for sure.

I have taken quite a few rabbits with that wadcutter bullet for camp meat while deer hunting out west. It makes for a fine small game load and it groups into 1" at 25 yards from a rest in my 4" M66. I mean, it don't get a lot better. I've actually thought about taking it squirrel hunting, but I have very accurate .22 handguns for that.
 

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some of my .357 loads are;
14.2 grains of H4227 pushing 158 gr. LSWC
13.5 grains of AA-7 pushing a 125 grain HP
6.5 grains of Unique pushing a 158 grain LSWC (target load)
 
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