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Posted: September 09 2017 at 8:40am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I cast a 358447, 358429, 357446 and a 358156. The gas check bullet is saved for a stiff .357 load.
Went out this morning with the chronograph looking for a pleasure load to carry just for fun.
The first three bullets all shoot well at 20 yards which is about all I ask of my 4" 686. 6.5 grains Unique shot well with all three and doesn't hurt my arthritis too bad.

the 358429 with 6.5 grains Unique averaged 1009 fps.

The 358477 with 6.5 grains Unique averaged 1086 fps.

The 357446 with 6.5 grains Unique averaged 1097 fps.

The 358429 with 7.0 grains Unique averaged 1111 fps.

I was a little surprised that the 446 was faster than the 150 grain 477 but it was.
The 357446 is the hardest bullet of the bunch to cast and get a good bullet, lots of edges to keep nice and sharp. But it seems to be worth the effort. The deviation for this bullet ran 1082 to 1117 fps.
I like this load for a "walk around load".
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Posted: September 09 2017 at 5:31pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

357446. The "Wonder Bullet".
Since I shoot the M92 357Mag levergun better than the new 243Win boltgun at this point, I'm going to hunt with the M92. 8gr Unique and the 357446 for our little cull bucks. If I keep em within 150yds, I'll have meat to cut...

Yeah Rex, the 446 never ceases to amaze me, and has never failed me either. To me, it is the best kept secret in a 357Mag. Shoots straight, and at distances too. Hits hard and mushrooms in hard body tissue. Remarkably accurate.
Yeah, it's my favorite cast 357 bullet. Over 7gr Unique in a mag case it's cooking but not blasting. Over 5gr Unique in a 38Spl case and it magically shoots to the same hole if one can hold that well.

[and yes, it's a might testy to cast well.] A hint? When heating up the pot, put the mould atop the edge with the sprueplate down against the pot. That will help fill out the base and avoid worm tracks. Also keep the mould hot. Don't let it frost with too much heat, but stay just under that level.

Say Rex, ya need another 38 mould? I still got more than I need!

Edited by Old Ranger on September 09 2017 at 5:32pm


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Posted: September 09 2017 at 5:46pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

You better start a museum of 38 moulds.
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Posted: September 10 2017 at 7:16am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Rex, I was thinking that if you get many more 38 iron moulds we could have two museums! And we could be like the two old guys in the box in the Muppet Theater. You know, the two grouchy old rascals that heckle everyone...
Think of the fun we'd have.

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They could be us alright.
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For those who may have wondered what the 357446 looks like, here it is to the right of the more well known 358429. This bullet was designed by Lyman/Ideal around 1938 or 1939 in response to the demands for a strong bullet that would fit the S&W.357Mag cylinder, and not lead the living hell out of it. The twin lube grooves are both very generous and the crimping groove is spectacular. And note the very thick base, even compared to the Keith bullet, it's THICK! In all these years I've never had a hint of blow by or stripping in the bore. That includes 22" carbine as well.

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Posted: September 20 2017 at 5:37pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

I think the big reason people called it inaccurate may be because it is hard to cast and keep all of those shoulders nice and square. It takes more effort to get a good bullet than does the 358429.
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Posted: September 20 2017 at 6:49pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yeah, but it's worth it.

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