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Thread: .35X57 information needed

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    .35X57 information needed

    Thinking about making up one of these, on a Mauser, to shoot/hunt with cast bullets. Any information on who might chamber it, and loads would be helpfull.

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    So, if you are starting with a 7.92x57, no problem. Suggest JES Rebore. Jesse will bore it out to your desired twist, probably 1:14 for mainly cast, and recrown it for you.

    For cast loads, you can be guided by 358 Win and work up slightly. I have a 35 Krag in a Handi Rifle and find H5895 to be quite an effective powder for both cast and J-bullets. I would have to look into my log to get precise data but 250 grs and 36 grs H4895 seems to stick in my mind.

    Will look it up.

    Send a few cases. Jesse will fireform them and you send them off to Lee for a set of custom collet dies.

    Not sure the short neck makes for an ideal cast boolit cartridge but some people like the 358 Win with cast, so there you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballard View Post
    Thinking about making up one of these, on a Mauser, to shoot/hunt with cast bullets. Any information on who might chamber it, and loads would be helpfull.
    358W load data works fine. However, I found with medium burning powders 35 Rem start data is good for cast in the 35x57. Work up till you hit max 358W loads or accuracy goes south.
    Larry Gibson

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    There have been several good threads on this interesting cartridge. Here is one in which Larry Gibson discusses his rifle.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...g-Mauser-build

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