Fellow shooters, Initially, I bought everything to reload .45 acp which is the caliber that I shoot the most. I have an SP101 2.25" DAO chambered in .357 mag and make a point of shooting it from time to time since it is my secondary carry. At first, I though that I wouldn't be shooting too much and maybe it was not worth it since buying the dies, shellplate and bullets (1K at least) would probably set me back a couple of hundred and I could always practice with .38 spcl and mix it up with some .357 mag every now and then. Took the little tank to the range yesterday and shooting 50 .357 rounds was all I could pleasantly shoot. However, I have been looking, and even .38 spcl ammo is getting close to $20 per 50. .357 mag is closer to $25 per 50 if you find it. If you check online stores you will find even higher prices for most stuff. Forget about finding .38 spcl or .357 mag ammo in Walmart unless you quit your job and set up camp in the parking lot. It is looking like loading .38 spcl / .357 mag is inevitable. Maybe I can load a light .357 round for practice so I can shoot something similar but more pleasant than my SD ammo. Any pointers? Experience with these calibers with this objective in mind? Powder and bullet suggestions? I already have W231 and WST... Wanna kill these ads? We can help!