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357 for handguns or rifles

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by WILD CAT, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. WILD CAT

    WILD CAT New Member

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    In some reloading manuals I have seen data for reloading 357 mag, showing different loads for rounds destined to be used in rifles than those for handguns.

    I don't think that the round was designed with for two different loads; or am I confused? What if by error some rounds get mixed up?
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    There won't be a problem, as in "rifle ammo blows up pistol".

    Rifle loads, in pistol cartridges, would probably be loaded with a slower powder, to take advantage of the 20" or so barrel, instead of the normal 6" of a pistol. Possibly rifle loads would use a different bullet style/shape, so they will be sure to work through the action. Revolvers don't care about bullet shape, but lever rifles are sometimes picky.
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