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    Light loads 357 mag

    I know it's a magnum, but 5.5 grs of unique and the 358156 gascheck hollow point with bens red lube can shoot 6 rounds @ 1/2 moa at 25 yards . cast these with range lead. Gun is Ruger Blackhawk 4 3/4 barrel.Will try unique up to 7.0 gr

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    Lately I have been shooting 6.2 gr of Herco under a Lee 158 gr rfn cast with a mix of 2coww-1soww and Tac1 in my Ruger Security Six. I get about 1\2" @25yrds also.
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    7 gr of true blue with Lee's 158 gr pb boolit shots very well for a light load.

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    Lee 125 rnfp over 4.0 of red dot. Pop gun but accurate. Lee 158 rnfp 4.5 to 5.0 red dot. Nice load.
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    1/2 MOA at 25 yards is .125". That'd be 6 shots in a hole smaller than the size of a dime.

    Did you mean half an inch at 25 yards? That would be a hole slightly larger than the size of a dime.

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    Ok, one inch group at 25 yds

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    +1 for a 120 ~ 160 gr boolit over Red Dot/Promo 5.0 gr in a .357 case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog81 View Post
    1/2 MOA at 25 yards is .125". That'd be 6 shots in a hole smaller than the size of a dime.

    Did you mean half an inch at 25 yards? That would be a hole slightly larger than the size of a dime.
    Thanks for the correction. My results should have been 1"-2" @25yrds not 1/2". Hit hit the / instead of the --- key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog81 View Post
    1/2 MOA at 25 yards is .125". That'd be 6 shots in a hole smaller than the size of a dime.

    Did you mean half an inch at 25 yards? That would be a hole slightly larger than the size of a dime.
    Thanks for the correction. My results should have been 1"-2" @25yrds not 1/2". Hit hit the / instead of the --- key.
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    HBWC over 3.2 grains W231.

    158 SWC over 4.0 grains W231.

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    Anybody using a Lee 358-105 and have any data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finster101 View Post
    Anybody using a Lee 358-105 and have any data?
    I have...can't remember the load but I used Trailboss (look at hodgdon's site) and my wife loves shooting it from her 4" SP100. With her red dot hitting the bullseye is hardly a challenge under 25 yards (haven't tried it much past that).

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    I tryed BE-86 last summer. Working up to 8gr's with a LBT 150gr. owc. I do not know how fast thy are going but I liked the way thy shot. I loaded up a bunch to plink with to get a better feel for them. But this could become my standerd load for my Security Six four inch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim 44-40 View Post
    I know it's a magnum, but 5.5 grs of unique and the 358156 gascheck hollow point with bens red lube can shoot 6 rounds @ 1/2 moa at 25 yards . cast these with range lead. Gun is Ruger Blackhawk 4 3/4 barrel.Will try unique up to 7.0 gr
    I like to use 4.5gr Titegroup with that bullet.

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    I used to shoot a lot of 158 gr. swc under 5.5-6.0 gr. Herco with CCI 500 primers.
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    I use 8gr AA#5 under a Lee 358158 rnfp, I get 1100fps in my revolvers (6" and 7.5") and 1375 out of my Miroku 1873. I use this because it shoots well in all my guns, so when I go pull a .357 load to shoot, I don't have to be sure I'm pulling the one for the correct gun. Don't know if that's light enough for you.

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