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This is a discussion on Test Fired New 357 Bullets Today within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; In 357 magnum I normally load 158 grain SWC. I am fond of the ACME Hi-Tec coated SWC or Missouri LSWC. Recently I ordered some ...


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Old April 13th, 2017, 05:40 PM   #1
 
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Test Fired New 357 Bullets Today

In 357 magnum I normally load 158 grain SWC. I am fond of the ACME Hi-Tec coated SWC or Missouri LSWC. Recently I ordered some Extreme plated bullets in 38/357. I have used several different Extreme plated bullets in various weights and styles in 9 mm and 40 S&W, but not 357.
I got 500 of their 125 grain Hollow Point bullets, which they say can be pushed to 1500 fps. The first loads were light loads of CFE Pistol and accuracy was not very good. I also fired loads with 9.1 grains of Alliant BE-86. The BE-86 was acceptable, but not great.
The real winner was the Accurate Arms #9. I loaded the 125 grain plated bullets in new almost new StarLine brass over 15.0 grains of AA#9. The MAX listed load is 15.6 grains on their reloading data site. I shot today from 50 feet instead of 25 yards. I shot my Ruger GP100 with 6" barrel rested and one 5 shot group was just over 1" center-to-center with 3 holes cutting into each other. AA#9 continued today to be the most accurate powder with most bullets in my revolvers. Going to load a box and check them out in my SP101 with 4" bbl and a Taurus M66 with 4" bbl.

OBTW: posting on 4/13/17 and received email today that extreme has free shipping for Easter.



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Glad you found something that worked! I loaded up a bunch of their 41 plated (got a good deal on them before I got a 41 mold) and they worked well for me.

Nice tip on the free shipping, I might have to get some. Even though I cast it's nice to have something on hand.
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Accurate #9 is excellent powder for .357 magnum. I use it with 58 grain lead bullets.
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Good results! I was amazed at how accurate my GP100 was shooting off a good rest.
Cloverleaf groups at 25yrds. Not bad for a 6 inch barrelled handgun.
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gunna1day, I stated that I fired from 50 feet instead of my normal 25 yards. There was an issue with lighting on the 25 yard target. That said, when three rounds cut a cloverleaf even at 50 feet I call that good.
The only load I have found that would shoot that good at 25 yards is the old 146
Grain semi-jacketed hollow point that was once made by Speer and it loaded over 11.5 grains of Blue Dot. On a few occasions if have fired six shot groups from 25 yards, rested, that could be covered with a Quarter coin. That is about one-fourth the size of my normal 357 groups. They were fired from a 6" Dan Wesson. I recently tried to duplicate that but I always had one or two out of the group with the rest cutting one oblong hole.
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Having never used Extreme Bullets or Berry's, do they have a cannelure for crimping?
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Having never used Extreme Bullets or Berry's, do they have a cannelure for crimping?
Yes they do.

A great tip for buying from Xtreme is always wait for a holiday. They seem to have free shipping and 5% to 15% on products every holiday whether it is Valentines day or 4th of July.
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Thanks.
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Accurate #9 is excellent powder for .357 magnum. I use it with 58 grain lead bullets.
58 grain lead bullets for .357 Mag.??? Don't you mean 158 grain??
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