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    38spl / 357mag loads

    Just starting out reloading

    I currently have some .357 158grain fmj with 9.8grains of bluedot left from the person I bought the rossi off

    Im going to be target shooting from distances from 25m up to 200m

    Just interested to see what other people load there rounds too and all the different loads I can try out


    Thanks Jack

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    4.1 uni behind 158 grn hard cast truncated cone (only killing paper targets at 25-50m)
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    5.8 N340 behind 158gn hard cast.

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    3.8gn of N320 behind a 158gn TC... but I only shoot up to 25m, never tried it past that.

    Edit... forgot to say thats in .357 cases....
    Last edited by Daryll; 24-08-2015 at 09:26 PM.

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    Or 4.5 of Bullseye with a RNFP 158gn hard cast at 25m.

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    4.8g of N320 behind 145 slug at 25 yds.
    Keeps me happy.

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    5.0gn of D032 behind 158gn hard cast. Practically no drop between 25 and 50 meters.

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    4.25gr of bullseye/158gr rnfp hannam bullet.shot well in my marlin

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    158grn RNFP (GM Hardcast) 5.4 grains of Unique. Shoots well at 25 and 50m.

    IIRC shooting these sorts of loads at 200 yards is either a 13 or 23 inch drop cant remember which..

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    14.8gn H110 with 158gn cast SWC HP shoots well out to about three hundred yards. I was just splashing into puddles though and haven't tried paper punching at that distance. It's really only my 100yd tops fox round.
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    Is Bullseye not worth using?

    A look through a number of posts in the reloading section makes me think that
    I may have wasted some of my hard-earned on a tub of Bullseye for .38/.357 as very few seem to use it. My first foray into reloading for a 20" Rossi (1:30" twist) gave rather disappointing results from a GM 158gr RNFP over 3.5gr Bullseye in .38 cases.
    I'm quite happy to try a range of powder weights to see whether grouping will improve, but I suppose my question is really whether Bullseye is a useful powder for rifles (rather than pistols) and if not, would VV N110 or 320 be a better bet, also considering the future difficulties of obtaining American powders?
    Constructive thoughts would be welcome!

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    For cheap shooting try Maxam CSB5.

    A lot of us in my club have bulk bought Vectan AS in the past 15years but it doubled in price and became scarce.

    We have started to use the Maxam powder and like most moderate pistol cartridges use, its a fast burning shotgun powder.

    Available in 14kg bulk for about 450.

    TBH just about any fast shotgun/pistol powder is more than adequate for paper punching out to 100 yds.

    I can see no point in paying stupid money on 1lb tubs of Bullseye etc.

    Viht n320 is a great powder. Just a pity we cant get it in money saving 2kg tubs like in Europe.

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    Back in the pistol days, BullsEye was THE powder for .38... 2.7 gn of BE behind a Bingley 148gn HBWC was probably the most commonly used handload, maybe up to 3.0 gns in .357 cases.

    However, nowadays barrels are at least twice the length they were back then, so slightly slower powders are used...things like Red Dot or Unique, Vit 320 or 340 or Accurate #2.

    I was always a firm fan of Red Dot, but like most of the Hercules powders (sorry, showing my age... now Alliant powders) its a bit dirty, which is why i now use Vit 320.

    Obviously this is for gallery rifle type ranges.... 25 & 50 yards max.

    Once you start looking at longer ranges you need to bump up the power and use slower magnum powders... like Blue Dot and Unique

    HTH

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    I use 3.4gn GM3 shotgun powder with a 158gn SWC for gallery rifle stuff. It shoots within an inch at 25yds but we had a play at 163yds last week while we were out zeroing the 222 and 223. It was comical to watch the big lumps of lead going in like mortar shells. 15.4gn of H110 with a 158gn JSP was a diffrent matter though. Very useful out to 200yards. (the targets were set at 163yds cos the inconsiderate farmer hadn't cut his bean plants down to let us see the targets any further.

    Bullseye is a very fast powder designed for hot loads in revolvers and pistols. The pressure peaks too quickly to be very good in long barrels. 8gn loads and upwards can destroy an underlever but work fine in a 4" revolver.
    DesG
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    Mag44uk, Daryll, DesG; thank you all very much for your helpful comments. I think I may have been a little short-sighted in thinking that Bullseye (43 incidentally) would be a good starting powder for pistol calibre rounds in a rifle. I'll try a few different loads of BE and see whether accuracy can be improved to factory levels; after that I think I'll go for the Viht N320. I'm more interested in 50m with iron sights...... and if I can find a load that is fairly tight at 50m then I'll be happy enough to use it out to 100 yards.
    Last edited by severnsider; 04-09-2017 at 06:59 PM.

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