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Little ray
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I am getting a new .357 rifle. How fast can you drive copper washed bullets? You could easily hit 1600 fps out of a rifle, maybe even 1800 fps with light bullets.

What about lead bullets?

This is a modern Marlin with conventional rifling.




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Posts: 43476 | Location: Texas | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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When I was buying to potentially start reloading, I had been looking at RMR and XTreme which both sell plated bullets.

XTreme recommends keeping them under 1500.


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Rocky Mountain Reloading recommends that you limit their thick plated bullets to 1400fps...but they are pretty conservative

http://rmrbullets.com/?v=7516fd43adaa




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Posts: 12915 | Location: northern california | Registered: February 07, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Berry's recommends under 1250 fps for the 38/357 pistol bullets. Since you are going to be using a .357 rifle with decently high velocities, I would recommend just purchasing jacketed bullets in bulk and be done with it.
 
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Have you thought about hard cast lead? They make them in rifle calibers and they can be pushed faster than plated bullets.


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Originally posted by SgtGold:
Have you thought about hard cast lead? They make them in rifle calibers and they can be pushed faster than plated bullets.


I asked about lead, too. How fast can you push a hard lead bullet?




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Posts: 43476 | Location: Texas | Registered: February 10, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Leadhead bullets has a link at the bottom of the page I linked to with relaod data for hard cast lead. I took a peak at .357 Magnum and they have load data for 1,400 FPS+ loads. Shotgun News had an article maybe fifteen years ago about hard cast lead through an AK, so it can be done for rifles as well.

Also, here's a link to a review of a Lyman reloading manual for hard cast lead. As always YMMV.


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Posts: 5085 | Location: Newyorkistan | Registered: March 28, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Many years ago I had a lot of separations with Berry's, right out of the barrel, at higher velocities.

I haven't seen that more recently, but I don't push them.
 
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