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Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by biggun, Jan 21, 2012.
Is the load the same in a hand gun has a rifle. Jerry B.
There are some people that reload their own ammo, and load the rifle rounds a little hotter than they would for a pistol. I don't like this practice for safety reasons.
As far as I know, and I could be wrong (Lord knows it wouldn't be the first time) I don't think any ammo makers make a "rifle load" for the .357 mag.
Well, yes and no. You can use factory loads in both pistol and rifle with no problem. The rifle will naturally yield better velocity because of the longer barrel. Most loading manuals will have a section for "rifle only" loads under .357R that will use some heavier bullets and hotter powder loads. The rifle chambers are somewhat stronger than the pistols, so the hotter loads shoot just fine.
As an example, I load my 158 gr. .357 mag pistol loads to 16.5 grains of W296, but will go to 17.0 grains of W296 in .357R. Where .357 pistols have 1200-1400 fps velocities, .357 Rifles will have 1800-2000 fps using the 158 grain bullets.
As said- the "off the shelf" ammo is the same- you can fool around SOME with handloads.
Yes I do my owen reloading and I have a win. model 94, That way I ask about the load Think you Jerry B.
Grizzly and Buffalo Bore (and others I'm sure) make a factory .357 Magnum load that I would not recommend for a pistol. Their 180 grain load seems best suited to a rifle, or the Contender series of single shot handguns.
While the rounds are the same, you can expect different results from a handgun versus a rifle.
Mods, please move this to the Ammunition section.
357 Nag? Sounds like a description of my ex-wife.