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.357 Max Hunting Load
November 16, 2008
9:57 am
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Hello all, I'm contemplating hunting deer or maybe elk with my Model 40 8″ supermag.  I'd like to try to develop some handloads for this.  I'm new to reloading and was wondering if anyone could suggest a good hinting combo for the 357 Maximum cartridge. 



December 24, 2008
3:58 pm
Robert Hoffman

I  use an LBT cast 200gr cast gas checked bullet over 16 gr IMR 4227 as my deer load and have found it to be very effective and accurate.  I can ring the gong at 200yds at the outdoor range, and have taken deer out to 100yds.  I would start with Veral Smith's book; Jacketed Performance With Cast Bullets, and the Lee reloading manual.  If you are going to cast they are a must and save much over buying bullets.  They LBT molds produce the most accurate bullets available.  Search lbtmoulds.com for Veral's sight.

January 18, 2009
7:08 pm
Steve Sandfort

I know you've been hunting already and hope you did well. Just saw this question. The best load I have found for my DW and Ruger 357 Max is a cast Lyman #358627 over 19.2 W296 using a small rifle primer and hard crimp. This bullet is a 215 gr. SWC with gas check. The load gets me aroung 1600 fps. I suggest that you read the article about cast bullets in the Max by Glen E. Fryxell. Just Google him for all of his excellent articles. Good luck next year.

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