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unique and 357mag

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by blitz, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    just got 4 #'s of this for some lighter 357 loads i usually load 14gr of 2400 under any 158gr but they are kinda hard on the hand so i figured i would give something else a try to make my range outings more pleasant .

    anyone care to share there data with this powder?

    i have loaded a few 125gr xtp's but also plan to use it with 158's

    here's what i have brewed so far (untested) not gonna be able to make it out until the weather gets a little nicer.

    125gr xtp
    wsp primer
    9gr unique
    1.590 oal
    crimped with lee factory crimp die (about 1/4 turn)

    i am shooting them out of a 2" sp101
     
  2. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I get some of my best accuracy with Unique in the .357. I am currently loading 7 gr. of Unique with 125 gr. Laser Cast SWC bullets. Very accurate - especially out of my 16" Winchester Trapper.
     
  3. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    that is what i understand, it is also supposed to be a very good short barrel powder from what i read.
    kinda wondering if the 9gr that i chose to start with is a little high though.
     
  4. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I used to use Unique for .357 and laser cast 158 gn LSWC. Think i was using 5.4 gns. These were light target loads. Way too heavy for Cowboy action but good for plinking.
     
  5. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    my 49th edition Lyman list a starting load for 125gr jhp & Unique at 7.0, max load at 9.7 gr. 1.590 OAL. Hope this helps.
     
  6. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    thanks for the info, i think i will load a few at 8.5 too and try those first through the chrony, if all is well i will try the 9's
     
  7. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    yikes !

    some folks enjoy heavy hitters out of a snubby.I'm just not into pain,lol

    for sure ,try them before u load a ton of them and develop a really bad flinch .
     
  8. blitz

    blitz beaverton Active Member 2015 Volunteer

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    for sure, i am gonna load a 3 different weights 10 of each ill shoot 5 of each through the chrony and a 5 shot group. whichever one i get the best results with i will keep. wont be near as bad as the 2400 with 14gr i am pushing a 158gr bullet at about 1190 fps and those are definately hard on the palms but i will use them for hunting. that is my favorite so far with the 2400 and i have loaded quite a few of those just looking for something lighter to make my range time more pleasant
     
  9. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I thought that sounded a little stout to begin with but I did not have a manual nearby to confirm it.