Ok gents, explain this to me. I'm loading/shooting .357 Magnum. Currently I have a mix load setup where I mix and match the "rifle" loads and the "pistol" loads when I browse Hodgdon's website. Normally I'll shoot either in the GP100 or the R92. http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/ I've been loading for a "hunting" round 125gr XTP's. I put 18.5gr of IMR 4227 behind them and they ZIP ALONG in the 16" barrel. As of late I've decided that two POI/POA's is getting to where I don't want to calculate this anymore. Source #1: Now when I look up Rifle Loads it gives me specifically the 158gr XTP with 4227 which gives me some rather quick velocities. So, with that rifle stuff said.. My typical plinking load (rifle and revolver) is a 158gr Berry's RN that I'm dropping 6.0 grains of CFE Pistol: Now.... let's get to the meat of this. If I load up the 158gr XTP's with CFE Pistol I will gain a hundred maybe two of velocity over the revolver chrono they list there. Their test is a 10" barrel. If the targeted load is for hunting, would it be best to stick with 4227 as the slow magnum powder to achieve that maximum velocity and use the CFE Pistol for plinking loads? What's stopping me from using that same recipe as the 158gr XTP's when I'm using the 158gr Berry's RN... Time to drop the CFE Pistol and only load these 357 Magnum with 4227? Make it all consistent? What's your guys' thoughts? What would you do? sidebar: I've used the CFE mainly as a cost cutter. There was no sense running the more expensive (by volume) loads when I'm just shooting steel with the pistol or ringing a gong at 200yd.