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    357 Maximum

    I've done a bunch of reloading over these winter months (retirement is great). Even my 357 Maximum.

    I bought the Ruger about 10 years ago. We shot it some when I first got it but that's about it. I loaded some IMR4227 and WW296 with Hornady 180 XTP using both CCI BR4 and Rem 7 1/2 primers. Yesterday was 58° here in E. KY so decided to do some chrono and grouping. Thought I would share some results.

    180 Hornady 180 XTP, Remington brass, 19.1 grs IMR4227, 1.988 OAL:
    • Rem 7 1/2= 1444 fps, SD 9
    • CCI BR4= 1390 fps, SD 16


    180 Hornady 180 XTP, Remington brass, 18.0 grs WW296, 1.988 OAL

    • Rem 7 1/2= 1564 fps, SD 16
    • CCI BR4= 1549 fps, SD 20


    The target analysis is performed using OnTargetShooting.com software. Neat program. Chronograph is a MagnetoSpeed
    The difference in BR4 and 7 1/2 velocities is something I've noticed with .223 loads as well.

    180, 19.1 4227, Rem 7.5.jpg180, 19.1 4227, BR4.jpg180, 18.0 296, Rem 7.5.jpg180 18.0 296, CCiBR4.jpgRuger.jpg
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    Kerz and the Max.jpgA picture of my son shooting the Ruger when we first got it.

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    Very cool. Love those velocities!

    I remember the Ruger as well as the Dan Wesson revolvers. A Ruger is very hard to find these days.

    Have you seen the new 350 Legend from Winchester? Very similar cartridge that so far has only found its way into their bolt action rifles.

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    Hey Doug,
    I think Ruger recalled the Maximum because of top strap cutting with 125s. The pic of my son is factory 158s.
    Yes sir, I've read a little on the 350. Not enough yet to decide.
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    wow..Ill bet that thing kills on both ends!
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    The 10 1/2 inch gun weighes 3.5 lbs, which helps manage the recoil. I shot 29 rounds of the 180s during that session. Surprising, it wasn't too bad at all.
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    have a T/C with a 10'' bbl. and with a hornady 180gr. XTP over 26grs. of IMR 1680 getting a little over 1635 fps and 1.25'' groups at 75 yds. that right up there with the 30-30. it does ''kick'' a bit but nothing worse than a good 44 mag. load...
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    Ok, you've landed on my favorite caliber, the 357 Maximum.
    I have a dozen handguns and rifles in the caliber and they all shoot lights out accurate at 100 and 200 yards.

    The recoil is far less that a 44 magnum. That's why it was built. For a very specific purpose.
    I don't think it's much more than a hot 357 magnum.

    Everyone who shoots it is shocked how well those big heavy revolvers handle the recoil.

    I'm a handloader and have tried dozens of recipes and components. The guys, David Bradshaw, over on Lee Martin's singleactions have just developed a new bullet for it this year. There are some die hard fans of this caliber.

    Flat shooting, accurate to 200 yards, manageable recoil, and FUN. What's not to love?


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    Man now that's a shooter....


 

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