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Finally came up with an inexpensive, fun practice load...

Discussion in 'TOP GUNS *357 Sig* Club' started by jeffreybehr, May 22, 2010.

  1. jeffreybehr

    jeffreybehr Silver Member

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    ...for my LW-4.5-inch-barreled 32. It's inexpensive because it uses the Berry's 124g. HP bullet that costs only $83/K delivered... http://www.berrysmfg.com/product-i14476-c11-g8-b0-p0-9mm_124gr_HP.aspx ...and it's fun because it's a HP that explodes waterjugs VERY well. :supergrin:

    Mixed-brand nickeled case, F100 primer, 6.7g. Longshot, OAL 1.097", 10' velocity c. 1230fPS. The OAL is a little weird, but it's what my seating die makes it when the die is set to seat 124g. XTPs at 1.14".

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    I used finally in the title because I've tried dozens of loads with 2 other powders I had, Universal and Super Field; none were accurate enough.
     
  2. czgunner

    czgunner

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    Cool!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I'm always looking for new loads.
     


  3. jeffreybehr

    jeffreybehr Silver Member

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    cz, you're welcome. That 6.7g. is somewhat 'magic'; charges lighter and heavier made bigger groups, and that judgement is based on substantially more than one group. :embarassed:
     
  4. Brent10mm

    Brent10mm

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    thanks jeff, might have 2 use this... I have used berry's quite a bit lately and cant complain. longshot is another fav.
     
  5. leeward419

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    Do you have any problems utilizing nickel cases?
    I have been getting excellent accuracy with alliant blue dot and power pistol; I will have to give longshot a try.

    I have had a little glob of what looks like lead form at the muzzle of the barrel along with a lead colored streak in the barrel using the berry bullets. I have shied away from using them in my Glock standard barrel. I have tried lightening up the crimp to a minimum but still getting some leading. No problem in a KKM barrel. Do you use the Berrys in a glock barrel? What kind of crimp die are you using. From the photo it looks like you dont use much crimp Thanks in advance for any info on this.
     
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  6. jeffreybehr

    jeffreybehr Silver Member

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    1. I've had no problems with nickeled cases; in fact I prefer them as requiring a bit less effort to resize and they don't get powder stained as much as brass cases.
    2. Haven't tried either of those; I started reloading the 357 with powders I already had--Longshot, Super Field, and Universal--and added one-pounders of 800-X and Accurate 5 and 7.
    3. I use a Lone Wolf 4.5" barrel in my 32. I've noticed no globs of anything at the end of my barrel.
    4. All dies are Lee, the standard 3-piece set. Yes, very little crimp. I've recently started outside chamfering the case mouths and adjusted the crimp dies down about 1/8" at the 'circumference' of the locknut.
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    I recently received a new CED M2 chrono and reshot these; 1184FPS with 1st screen at 10'; SD (16) was much lower, and accuracy was as high as any of the 7-different loads I shot 21 5-shot groups with.
     
  7. leeward419

    leeward419

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    Thank You so much for the info and close up pictures of the loads, Look great, I will be needing to get a KKM barrel for my 32., I have one for my G33 (aka G27 with G33 Barrel) and I dont have the issue with that. I will aslo be experimenting with lightening up the crimps some more.
    THanks again!
     
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