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    .357mag Rifle loads...?

    I'm about to load some cases for my new Winchester model 1873. The rifle has a 20" 1:18.75" twist barrel. I am going to try 21gr of H-110 under 125gr XTP bullets with small pistol magnum primers. I'm just waiting for some components to arrive.

    For those of you who have tried this or similar combo's, am I on the right track? Any suggestions? Any input is appreciated.

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    I load 18gn of H110 with 125gn xtp for revolver use without any problems. the Hornady bible has 19.4 has red hot for rifle loads, Hodgdon lists 21-22gn. be careful!

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    Yeah, the Hodgson site shows 21gr as a low starting charge and 22gr as the max load. I'm at work right now. But I will check the 3 loading manuals that I have at home later today. It seems that on another site, those Hodgson loads are over max.. And some recommend much lower starting points.

    I will probably go much lower to start with and work up. Probably start around 18gr or lower.
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    Sierra shows 17.6 min and 19.8 max of h110 under 125 gr JSP and JHC.

    It’s annoying as hell how the weights are all over the place with the different companies.
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    Hmm, Sunray hasn't been along to tell you what Googles says.
    I wonder if he's alright?

    I don't load 357 so I'm no help, but a 125gr with a full dose of H-110 out of a long barrel should be a screamer!
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    I have nothing to contribute but interested 'cause I would like to think a .357 lever rifle/revolver combo would be a great buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESnel View Post


    I have nothing to contribute but interested 'cause I would like to think a .357 lever rifle/revolver combo would be a great buy
    Well if it's as fun as my .44mag Henry, I'll be happy! Maybe I need to get a wheel gun...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swingerguy View Post
    Sierra shows 17.6 min and 19.8 max of h110 under 125 gr JSP and JHC.

    It’s annoying as hell how the weights are all over the place with the different companies.
    read the fine print.
    There is gonna be different tolerance between different bullet type/style/make.

    Like Berry's 30-30 150gr bullets have a max speed. Not everyone is aware of it.

    up to each person to do the research and make the best judgement call for their components. An older rifle might not stand up to certain pressure as well as some newer rifle. So there may be variances depending on the platform used to determine those tolerances.

    I would say that variance is what makes reloading interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6MT View Post
    Well if it's as fun as my .44mag Henry, I'll be happy! Maybe I need to get a wheel gun...
    I like the idea of being able to use .38(cost and new shooters).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ESnel View Post


    I have nothing to contribute but interested 'cause I would like to think a .357 lever rifle/revolver combo would be a great buy
    Quote Originally Posted by 6MT View Post
    Well if it's as fun as my .44mag Henry, I'll be happy! Maybe I need to get a wheel gun...
    Every good lever needs a wheel gun to keep it company!
    The torque of a full bore 44mag reload in a 7.5" Ruger Super Blackhawk is something you don't soon forget.

    My basic loads,
    357Mag, Gong shooting load, 158gn Campro over 16.0gn H110
    357Mag, Hunting load, 158gn Nosler JHP over 16.5gn H110
    ^had issues with Nosler's Data, at the low end the bullets slowing thru sound barrier made for terrible accuracy @ 100yds.
    38Spl CBA load, 158gn LRN over 3.5gn Trailboss - so much fun in the lever & revolvers

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    6.5" Ruger Blackhawk Convertible 357Mag/38Spl or 9mm c/w Altamont Grips
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