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This time I went for the big-dogs.

Twelve each .357 Magnum... Speer 110gr JHP bullet, 18.5gr Alliant 2400 powder.

Twelve each .357 Magnum... Speer 158gr TMJ bullet, 14.3gr Alliant 2400 powder.

I fired six of each... I might be ready for larger production:smile2: I have almost 1000 rounds of Federal ammo.. guess I need to start making brass!
 

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Have you bought a chrono yet? Its good to know what speed you are getting out of various powders, primers, OAL's and bullet weight combinations. Can save you powder, and if you are like me and you start running a lot of sub sonic ammunition it can help you run the ragged edge of going subsonic and still have some really stable & quiet rounds(this of course can change with temp and altitude). A case gauge is a good investment if you haven't picked one up yet. If you don't have a case gauge you can use the barrel(if you use semi auto pistol) or the cylinder(revolver) of your host weapon in the meantime. This can keep you from having too large an OAL and you will know quickly if there are any issues with the case you didnt spot.
 

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I generally load about 500 to 1k rounds a week between rifle and pistol(some weeks a lot more LOL), so if you ever need help with anything I am happy to assist. I generally load a lot of 9/40/45/223&556/308/300BLK/6.5 gren and creed.
 

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Also from the other thread if you start playing with the crimp it couldn't hurt to stop after each round and check for setback, its usually pretty obvious when you pop the cylinder open. Can be catastrophic if it sets back too far and you already have a hot round.
 

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Also from the other thread if you start playing with the crimp it couldn't hurt to stop after each round and check for setback, its usually pretty obvious when you pop the cylinder open. Can be catastrophic if it sets back too far and you already have a hot round.
These last .357's I fired five rounds, opened the cylinder and checked the sixth round... bullet never moved. So I know my crimp is enough and I think it is a bit less than my first 38's you said may have been too much.
Think I'm getting it... thanks for the advice.
 
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