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I got a Lee tumble load 148 grain wad cutter mold for my birthday and I need help finding a starting point.
I have the following powders and don’t plan on gettin more of a different kind, so bear with me:
Unique- at least two pounds on hand
AA No.7- about five pounds on hand
trailboss- two pounds on hand
I’ve been all over the internet and have searched but just am wondering in anyone has a load for :
357mag (doesn’t have to meet magnum criteria)
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Well, the AA-7 is way too slow. Not sure about TB, it probably is too. Unique will work, but you will be better off getting some faster burning pistol powder. Bullseye is the long time standard for bullseye paper punching in 38 spl, Titegroup works well too. Where are you in NC, I have lots of that sort of thing, and never load 38 anymore. Oops! I see you are now in TX. Bit of a drive for a half can of powder, and not worth shipping. Bear in mind that the average charge for this will run around 3 -4 grains wt, so you will get about 2000 loads per pound.
I like between 4.5 to 5.5 grains of Unique. If you start downloading it much below that, it really gets dirty.
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And if you load hotter than that you will get separation (cutting) of the bullet as it leaves the barrel--the solid front part and the hollow base tube will travel to the target individually, giving you 2 holes for one shot. (Ask me how I know . . . .) The 2 groups will typically be one above the other, about 2-3 inches apart.
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Didn’t think that was a hollow base mold. But thanks for that, as I load some hbwc 38s.
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Somewhat of a thread drift...I've cast and loaded a bunch of LEE tumble lube bullets over the years...mostly 200 grain .45 RNFP and 230 grain TC. I found straight LEE liquid Alox nasty sticky stuff...especially in the dies...I started using the Recluse 45% Alox-45% Johnson's Past Wax-10% oderless Mineral spirit mix and it greatly reduced the sticky feeling and reduced the waxy build up in the seating and crimping dies...never any sign of leading and a little goes a long way...
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I see trail boss being usable for the 38 special I believe they list a load for a 148 wc
and I imagine it could also be used for a soft hitting .357 load, I see they are using it in some reduced power rifle cartridges
Give Hodgdon a call or check their web site
I can not recommend a load because I use Clays or VV 320
I have been loading 357mag brass with 158gr plated bullet and Trail Boss powder.....I love this load. I am loading 4.4gr of Trail Boss with this bullet. You want to load a lighter weight bullet, so you would be safe using my powder load. The rounds burn clean, can't double charge the case, as the powder would spill out, and they are very comfortable to shoot in lightweight revolvers.....win-win.
For midlin 357 loads I’d use Unique. For the 38 spcl loads I’d look for some Win-231/HP-38 powder, or similar.
Yup, same here with 158 & TB. Shoots to point of aim in a Ruger Blackhawk.
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The classic is the wadcutter over 3 to 3.3 grains of Bullseye.
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