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Not "Special" but...357 Mag Load Data

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Unread 09-20-2009, 12:14 AM
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Not "Special" but...357 Mag Load Data

I have my load for my 357, (that which I will deer hunt with come gun season.)
I started with the Ladder test to see where my node was for optimum accuracy; each charge was .1 of a grain heavier starting at 12 and ending at 13.1 grains.

I shot the test from 50 yards. (I thought the group would have been tall.)

The best group was shots 8, 9, and 10. Shot 9 was a charge of 12.8 grains with a estimated muzzle velocity of 1150fps.

So I loaded some up with 12.8 grains of VIHT N-110, and went back to 150 yards to try them out. (That is the furthest I will be shooting from.)

The total 6 shot group was 9 1/4 inches, that lone flyer I figure was from a bad case, I added it to my newly created "shore range" cartridge collection.

The main group:

It was 3 5/8 inches, that is 2.625MOA; pretty good for a pistol with factory sights at 150 yards!

My best 3 shot group from those shots was 4, 5 and 6.

I will be using this load this year for white tail.

357 Mag 8" Barrel;
Hornady 158gr HP/XTP
VIHT N - 110; 12.8gr
Primer: Rem 550 Mag
Case: Fed 2 Shot
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Unread 09-24-2009, 11:22 AM
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Re: Not "Special" but...357 Mag Load Data

Good shooting, that load should work just fine.
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Unread 12-03-2009, 06:06 AM
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Re: Not "Special" but...357 Mag Load Data

I got on yesterday with it!

I shot it at 65 yards. The bullet went between 2 ribs, through the lungs, clipped the heart, then broke a rib on the way out. It was already running and continued to run for 100 yards, then collapsed.

I sure hope I get to see a buck today!
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