colt python most accurate load

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  1. 38 special

    38 special New Member

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    For a colt python 1959 vintage what do you think would be a very accurate load ? Back then, was there a favorite for accuarcy in 357 magnum? Most avialable factory loads shoot about a 2 inch group at 25 yards I'm looking for a under 11/2 inch group in a mild 357 load. Ive tried 38 special wadcutters 148 grain hollow base with 3 grains of red dot but these only give a 2 inch group at 25 yards.
     
  2. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

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    i have 2 pythons and they both shoot different. one favors the 158 gr swc in 38 spl, and the other shoots better with 125 gr jhp in 357. :confused:
     

  3. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

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    A decent load I have used is 10.2 gr of Blue Dot under a 158 gr JHP. It certainly doesn't qualify as a light load but I have found it accurate in multiple 357's.
     
  4. Dakota Red 1

    Dakota Red 1 New Member

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    The tightest mild load for my 6" bbl Python is the Hornady 148gr HBWC over (an amount of powder that is recommended in a published reloading manual and not what some nut on the internet says) of Bullseye that has a little wad of kapok fiber holding the charge against the bottom of the case. I use .357 cases and standard primers. The kapok holding the small charge of powder next to the flash hole makes a difference.
     
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  5. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

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    Red, FIVE GRAINS of Bullseye with a 148 gr. HBWC? :eek:
     
  6. Dakota Red 1

    Dakota Red 1 New Member

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    OMG, and I didn't even remember one of the big rules of reloading, double check everything. Let's go with THREE GRAINS of Bullseye on that load and thank you for catching that Steve.:eek:
     
  7. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Red. Three grains sounds a lot safer.
     
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  8. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

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    Biggest question to answer for an accurate response would be, What's your barrel length? Then we should be able to get you into a good ball-park load to start from.

    Semper Fi !
     
  9. denny 714

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    Be afraid of bullseye powder be very afraid.......go low!!!!!!!
     
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    .357 mag, 5.0 grains of titegroup under a 158 gr cast bullet. My DCM shoots 1 holers with it... and its pretty mild...
     
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