SHTF 357 load

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    SHTF 357 load

    started this thread to clarify my question:

    I have been giving my question more consideration. Lets just say that for conversation sake the 158 and 125 sjhp at their perspective factory loads are good to go.

    What I am after is a round for a SHTF scenario. One that an individual can cast and load himself. One that will function in a revolver and lever gun. One that can pull dual duty SD and hunting small to medium game. a load that will minimize leading.

    In this situation I am not necessarily concerned about over penetration as I am more concerned about terminal effectiveness.


    1. initial consideration would be bullet design to work with the lever gun.
    2. bullet weight and hardness
    3. primer sp or magnum
    4. powder and charge.

    .357 magnum SD ammo

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    I'd say the 158gr LSWC is exactly what you are looking for. Cast harder rather than softer.

    My Marlin 1894C .357 feeds them without issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    I'd say the 158gr LSWC is exactly what you are looking for. Cast harder rather than softer.
    What he said!

    I would say that since you are looking for a do everything load, I would want, the heavier bullet for hunting. I know just enough about reloading to be dangerous so I won't go into great detail but I would suggest that once you find a good lead alloy you like, stock up so you keep consistency in future loads.
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    If you are looking for one general load that you can cast yourself, the 158 gr LSWC is the one you want
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    In a SHTF situation you may be finding supplies difficult kinda like today,I ve used SP magnum primers in place of SP primers and haven't noticed any huge difference,I cast and load 158grn LSWC in front of 6.5 grains of unique,I've also used Bullseye and American Select powders
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    I run a 170gr LSWC over 6.5 of unique in my 6" ruger. Works well and is accurate out of my revolver. I admit I am curious to see what it can do from a carbine length barrel...

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    Another fan of the 158 grain lead SWC stoked up heavy with 2400. Good in rifle or pistol and fit for most any application.
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