Advice on loading .38/.357

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by RoadE, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Run them 1000 or less.

    for full blown .357 mag hunting or SD rounds use Hacketed Hollowpoints like the Hornady XTP or the Remington Goldensabers. Over H110 or Alliant 2400

    these are out of stock, but grab em when they are in stock. Make nasty squids in a barrel of water.
  2. the wolf

    the wolf Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    upstate NY
    I got a ruger gp 100.. what a great handgun!. I have been using Titegroup power for this.. its very nice power.. great for target shooting.. 125 gr to 158 gr horandy xtp .. I use mostly 125 for targets while the 158 for hunting and other heavy hitter use. I shy away from2400 power.. I never did like it. still got two can of it.

  3. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Love the GP100's and I've worked up some loads with TG as well; I did some 110gn loads in 38 with TG and they're fantastic. I used the 110gn Sierra Blitz bullets. While not intended for plinking loads; they're very accurate and consistent.
  4. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I do use the Berry 125 grain HP bullets in my .38 and .357 loads but I have used a several different powders. I have used mostly H110 in the .357 but have used Accurate #7 also. In .38 I have used Accurate #5, Bullseye, and Win 231. Since I don't shoot competition, they have all provided good enough groups for me.
  5. RoadE

    RoadE New Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Northern California
    Ok guys. I picked up 100 Hornady XTP 185 grn bullets and a pound of Unique from my local gun store, (expensive). Will work up a few rounds of each .38 and .357 this weekend. Hopefully I can get to the range early next week and we'll see if I did it right.

  6. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I agree with Alpo. My father gave me 5lb's of bullseye. I shoot the heck out of it and the Unique as well. Both are goog, but I do prefer the Unique.
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    You mean 158s? Hdy offers 158s and 180s in the XTP for the .357 mag..
  8. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I shoot .357/.38 gallery rifle (lever action Marlin). For .357 I load 4.2 gr. Hogogen Titegroup behind a 158 grain round nose flat point head. I've used it on targets effectively out to 50 yards; speed is about 1100 fps. I realise that rifles and handguns have different balistics, but this is just a for what it's worth.
  9. RoadE

    RoadE New Member

    Nov 7, 2010
    Northern California
    Oops! yes I meant 158's

    Good catch
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