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Old 10-27-2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Reloading for the Ruger convertible

I have a Ruger 357 mag/ 9mm Blackhawk convertible. I was reading were a shooter was loading 125 gr 357 bullets in a 9mm brass to get better accuracy from the 9mm cylinder. While I am sure I can seat the bullets I am concerned the empty cases are going to be stuck in the cylinder.

Has any one ever tried doing this?

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Old 10-27-2012, 03:32 PM   #2
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The 9mm uses a dedicated cylinder, correct? The .357/.358 bullet may bulge the 9mm case to the point it will not chamber in the 9mm cylinder. I would not worry about cases getting stuck, they will fireform to the cylinder and "spring back". If they chamber, they should work.

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He must have sanded the 9mm cylinder. I can't get a 357 bullet into the 9mm cylinder. That's just the bullet not including the brass. Sanding out the 9mm cylinder defeats the purpose of having it.

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I've had two Ruger convertibles over the years. IMHO, the 9MM/.357 is one of those ideas that really looks good on paper but doesn't work out all that well in practice.

When MilSurp 9MM was available dirt cheap, I used a lot of it in Rugers for informal, short range plinking, but it loses accuracy fast past about 15 yards. (At least, both of my guns did)

For pure Accuracy, my best results came with 148 gr hollow base full wadcutters, loaded in .357 cases over 3.2-3.5 grains of Bullseye.

My best all around load in these weapons was a Lyman 168 grain (linotype) cast (358-429??) over a MAX charge of H-110.

Surprisingly, my most accurate jacketed bullet load was the Remington 125 GR. JHP, again over a max charge of H110.

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I got the convertible due to all the ammo shortages and my wife had a fear of large revolvers. My wife now loves shooting the 357. That was worth the extra $60 for the convertible. I still have the 9mm cylinder if 357 ammo becomes hard to find. Yes, the 9mm seems to have more pop from the 6.5" barrel but the range is very limited. My P95 will make the BlackHawk look bad with 9mm ammo. With Double tap 200 gr cast loads the BlackHawk makes the P95 look real bad. I use the BlackHack for hunting. I have never shot a wadcutter bullet with it. I am searching for loads that will knock almost any critter down right there on the spot.

I have a 3/8 mild steel swinging target I have shot hundreds of times with 158 gr JSP ammo. The first time I shot it with a Double Tap I was headed to the shop to weld up the hole in my target.

Edit: I posted CorBon Ammo but the 200 gr ammo was Double Tap. Don't want to put anyone looking for something that doesn't exist.

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I shoot regular old 9mm loads in my 357/9mm BH,haven't tried any cast loads however plated and jacketed 9mm bullets have always shot well in the 9mm cylinder.

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Everything Ive shot outta my Medusa so far seems to be pretty accurate... Naturally different calibers have different POI.
All of it has been factory stuff, havent got into reloading for it yet.....

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I shoot regular old 9mm loads in my 357/9mm BH,haven't tried any cast loads however plated and jacketed 9mm bullets have always shot well in the 9mm cylinder.
When you measure factory ammo none of it reads 355. Some factory FMJ bullets are as small as .394. You are sure to get better results from reloaded 9mm ammo with quality bullets. The only 9mm factory ammo I have measured that was consistently 355 was American Eagle 147 gr flat nose. Ruger states in the owners manual to only shoot jacketed/plated ammo from the 9mm cylinder. They have a reasonable explanation but I can't quote it accurately.
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You are sure to get better results from reloaded 9mm ammo with quality bullets.
I misstated by saying regular old 9mm loads when I really meant reloads since that all I really shoot in the 9mm conversion cylinder. I have shot some factory 9mm ammo in it before Win. USA and CCI Aluminum case and Wolf steel case ammo.

The Win. ammo was all over the place the CCI did well and was fairly accurate since it's loaded with plated bullet and the Wolf was between the two.

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