Favorite powder/loads for 38spcl/357mag snubbies

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  1. adv

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    Any favorite load data/favorite powders/ bullet weight for a 357 mag snubby revolver, one you find accurate and that won't lead up the barrel?

    I have only been able to find range ammo in 158 grain so is there another weight you find more accurate?

    Planning out what I need in terms of reloading equipment having done my reading and research and any info on reloading for this caliber would be greatly appreciated (barrel length is 2.25 inches).
     
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    Hard to beat Unique or WSF under a 158grLSWC for pratice ammo in 38sp or 357mag. Leadng is more about bullet fit to the bore & cyl throats than anything else.
     

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    3.2 Titegroup behind a 125 grain bullet.
     
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    Like Fredj338 said its very hard to beat Unique with a lead bullet of your choice. I will also have to admit Solo 1000 is hanging in there as far as clean burning etc.
     
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    Thanks guys, Unique powder has popped up a few times in my research. In Richard Lee's book, Modern Reloading, under the 357 Magnum loads heading it just says "Small Pistol Primers", am I to take it that Magnum primers aren't required?????
    Thanks for your help.
     
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    Correct, magnum primers can be used but not required. Look at WSF as well, same burn rate as Unique & burnsa bit cleaner also meters better.
     
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    In .357 I use 6grs of 700x with a 125gr lead RN bullet (I think it is hard cast, I'm not sure) with CCI magnum primers b/c that is all I could find. No leading in my sp101 and easy to clean afterwards.
     
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    125 grain jacketed bullet with Solo 1000 in a snubby is the cat's pajamas. I can look up the load data when I get home if you like.
     
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    In a 6" S&W 586:

    3.7 - 4.4 grains Red Dot, CCI 500 primer, 158 grain LSWC, LOA 1.59 with a light crimp. Accurate, very easy shooting, no pressure indicated, clean too.

    3.6 - 3.9 grains Bullseye, CCI 500 primer, 158 grain LSWC, LOA 1.59 with a light crimp. Mild recoil which groups well.
     
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    Agreed.

    I've used Unique for many years, with 7.2 grains and a 158 gr LSWC or Hornady 158 gr jhp, in .357 cases.
    Mild and accurate load.

    We had gotten this load from other NRA Hunter Pistol Silhouette shooters, and used it with great results.



    Be forewarned!!!!!!!

    A guy at my club used this data in his Ruger Blackhawk, and didn't pay attention to what he was doing.

    He came to one of our monthly meetings with his Ruger wrapped in a towel, in pieces.
    He had DOUBLE CHARGED a .357 case with Unique, and he was lucky that he only 'stung' his hand.
    The cylinder was in more than 3 pieces and the topstrap of the Blackhawk was broken.

    I must also say that this guy was new to reloading, and didn't pay attention to what he was doing.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys, I'm taking notes!
     
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    Could have been worse, he could have doubled TG!:wow: That would have removed his hand.:rofl:
     
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    14.5 grns W296
    158 grns Hornady JHP