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Old May 15th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #1
 
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What lead .357 round?

I am thinking of getting into casting. If a guy was to have only 1 type of bullet to reload in .357, what would it be? I was thinking of a 158 gr. SWC and then I would really like to have a hollow point round. But it's not about what I want. It's about what would be the best all around bullet to make. (if there is such a thing)



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If you want just one, I would say to stay with a 158 SWC like you first thought. It is pretty darn versatile.
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I would think that either a 158 gr lead semi wad cutter or the same configuration in a 158gr lead semi wad cutter hollow point with a gas check. Lazer Cast makes some nice hard cast bullets!
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My Blackhawk and this one get along just fine and it makes nice, sharp holes: http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=188719

I don't have a need for a hollow-point, so can't help other than to say that Eric is a fine gentleman and does outstanding work: Hollow Point Bullet Mold Service. You may want to look at ebay mould auctions, too.

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I am thinking of getting into casting. If a guy was to have only 1 type of bullet to reload in .357, what would it be? I was thinking of a 158 gr. SWC and then I would really like to have a hollow point round. But it's not about what I want. It's about what would be the best all around bullet to make. (if there is such a thing)
Charlie,

I could live happily with either of these molds:
Lyman 358429 173gr Keith SWC
Lyman 358156 160gr GC SWC

The 358156 has two crimp groves for use in 38 cases or 357 cases. It works beautifully in both.

The 358429 is Elmer Keiths design and works best in revolvers with longer cylinders as it's too long when crimped in the crimp grove in mag cases for some revolvers.

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I don't know anything about casting hollow points but the swc seems to shoot more accuratly than rn or fn bullets from my revolvers regardless of caliber.
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If you are getting into casting then I would start with one bullet mold until you gain experience. The SWC has been a great bullet for a long time and that is what I would begin with. You need to tailor your loads to meet the hardness of your bullets to avoid leading. Down the road you can add different shapes like hollow points and gas checks for hotter loads. Good luck.
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Lyman' 358311 is another old mould that has withstood the test time. It is a round-nose design, but is very accurate and cuts clean, semi-wadcutter type holes.

I would stay away from gas check designs, unless you absolutely need their speed, the main reason being their cost. Why spend 3-cents to install a gas check onto a bullet that cost tenths of a penny?
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You can't beat a 158 gr SWC as an all 'round bullet. Most of the guns are regulated for that bullet weight. It cuts a caliber size clean hole in paper targets and game.

I have had many .357's over the years and that is my go-to bullet. I consider the Lee 358-358-RF to be equally useful. The Lee also comes in a Lee six cavity bullet mould (a cut above their two cavity moulds in quality). Yes, I have one and it is a dandy bullet and you can run twenty pounds of lead in about an hour or so with this six cavity mould.

The wide meplat of a SWC or the Lee works very well on game (my .357 have mostly been used on edible small game - I prefer .44's for large game).

Later, after you have shot, cast bullets and reloaded a bit, you can add other moulds. A good full wad cutter is very useful for target loads, but really, your 158 gr will do everything a .357 is suitable for.

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I use Lee's 158gr LRNFP six-cavity mould. Like a LSWC, it cuts a nice, neat hole because of its wide meplat. Here's what they look like.



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I would look at a Long Nose Flat Point, with a wide meplate, just like in Cowboy T's post. Several designs available, from all the mold mfgrs. They also feed well in leverguns, unlike the SWC. I have read many good reports of these style preforming well (better than SWC) on game. It is also my understanding that the shoulder of the SCW does not cut flesh but the flat meplate of the bullet does all the damage. For cutting paper, can't say for sure, but a SWC does make a nice "readable" hole. My fav. is a Ranchdog 265 gr. .44 w/gascheck. Nice big flat nose.
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I've been using a Lyman 358156 in my 31 year old NMBH, somewhere past 23,000 rounds and it is absolutely the best I've ever used for all round use. I have other molds and use them too, but the best is the 358156 cast of air cooled wheel weights, lubed with most any quality lube and Hornady gas checks. Mine weigh exactly 158 gr. and take jack rabbits at 175 paces and mule deer at 50 paces. It just works!!!!!!!!
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.357 w/wide metplat

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I use Lee's 158gr LRNFP six-cavity mould. Like a LSWC, it cuts a nice, neat hole because of its wide meplat. Here's what they look like.



Is there a commercial version of this round?
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38-55 hit on a traditional design so I will settle on the 357446 all around purpose swc.

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