Anyone using GM3 powder in .357 or .44 ? For many years iv stuck to Unique powder for my .357 Taurus LBR and my .44 Marlin lever action rifle with good results but iv obtained a couple of pounds of GM3 which im told is also good in pistol calibers. Am struggling to find any official load data though rather than just some blokes uncle twice removed who knew someone who may have used it type imfo. Tim.
I've been using GM3 quite successfully for many years in 44 Mag. Try 240 gn RNFP with 6.8 gn of powder. As to 357, if you want a plinking load, try 3 or 3.5 gn. I might add that the 44 load was nowhere near a full load, just the most accurate.
Many Thanks David, iv been using 6.2 grns Unique in the .44 mag and 5.0 grns in the LBR. Will give your loads a try. I payed £21 a pound for the gm3 compared with about £6 for the Unique so huge savings if it shoots ok in my guns. Tim
I load 3.5grns of GM3 in a 357 with a 158grn bullet with ok grouping on 20m gallery and not too bad plinking on our 50m outdoor range today.
You've been to A&A ? he tricked up my marlin really well
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CZ455 American .22LR, Ruger 10/22T+ Hogue stocked, Marlin 1894 .357 and 1935 8mm Mauser K98 S42/G (RC), Remy VLS .308
I use it all the time, many of the guys in my club do.
Here is some load data for 44:http://www.frinchillucci.com/ricarica/11.htm and 357:http://www.frinchillucci.com/ricarica/10.htm
Some of these tables show the burn rate comparative to other powders to: http://www.tiropratico.com/htm/tabel...lveri_2011.htm.
It's in Italian, but you can work it out.
Cheap and effective.
would you say that gm3 and unique are about the same burn rate??? by the way i use 3grns of gm3 in my taurus 357 with a lead 148gr WC and 6grns in my 44-40 with a lead 220grn RNFP
I wouldn't say the same for CF rifle reloading, small load to case volume ratios are, generally a no no, except very small ratio loads for cast bullets, AND these are, generally, pistol powders, these seem to be tolerant of lots of air space in the case. I've never heard of the 'flash over' much described, rarely seen in low volume rifle powder loads, but I suppose they do exist.....
The short answer is that it's all about what suits YOUR gun.....any proffered 'magic' load is only 'magic' if it works !
If I'm reading this first table right, GM3 has a slightly faster burn rate than Unique but is very close to it. Mind you, my Italian is not to be relied upon: http://www.tiropratico.com/htm/tabel...lveri_2011.htm.
A bit faster than Unique, meters better and not so smokey. Works fine in my 30/30 for reduced short range loads. Seems to work fine in all the pistol calibres. 357 loads per a 1990 magazine article...158gn bullet....6.8gns =1150fps......5.6gns=1020fps.
38 special 158gn bullet....4.3gns=1050fps.
i have a loadish of it and only ask as im thinking about useing it for some cast lead 30-06