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    6 grains of unique behind a 158gn LSWC & in a magnum case, works fine in both my LBR & 24" rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by severnsider View Post
    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.
    Try 4.4 gns of N320.... i found that the most accurate load through my Marlin, but a bit "pokey" for comfortable use through the LBR, so i went for the next most accurate, (but more comfortable to shoot), load of 3.8 gn.

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    My rossi love the 125gr was getting good groups about 1" at 50m
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    Thanks!

    Dick, Daryll - thanks for those suggestions. I'll try these too as I can find Unique and VV locally.
    Simon, that's interesting - I was wondering whether the lighter/shorter bullet might have done better in the slow twist of the Rossi. Something else to try. Fortunately there are a couple of nearby ranges where I can try out various combinations.

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    I use 4gr Tightgroup in a 357mag case. not heavy load very light
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    When you've settled on a powder, load five of each up with .2gn increments from say 2.6 to 6 gn and try them. You'll soon find your rifles sweet spot. You should easily exceed factory accuracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesG View Post
    When you've settled on a powder, load five of each up with .2gn increments from say 2.6 to 6 gn and try them. You'll soon find your rifles sweet spot. You should easily exceed factory accuracy.
    Thanks Des. I'll try this with the Bullseye to start with, but don't think I'll go as high as 6 gn. I've not yet gone any higher than 4.5 gn. Reloading for rifle seems so much more straightforward! N140 for the .308 and 8mm Mauser; N133 for the .223. Seems like there is a lot more choice for the pistol calibre stuff when used in a rifle. I'll get there eventually...

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    If need any N140 go to Fox firearms there doing its at 216 for 3.5kg
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    I don't currently shoot .357 but I love N320 in small cases (310 cadet). Burns very cleanly, even at low loads. N310 is better for very low loads but is so fine it flows like water and goes everywhere.

    There is nothing wrong with bullseye behind a cast bullet but make sure you don't go too light loads with jacketed.

    19 grains of N110 behind a 110 grain JHP used to be fun in a short 357 revolver (those were the days).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Beard View Post
    I don't currently shoot .357 but I love N320 in small cases (310 cadet). Burns very cleanly, even at low loads. N310 is better for very low loads but is so fine it flows like water and goes everywhere.

    There is nothing wrong with bullseye behind a cast bullet but make sure you don't go too light loads with jacketed.

    19 grains of N110 behind a 110 grain JHP used to be fun in a short 357 revolver (those were the days).
    Thanks Andy...... lots to choose from!

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