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Thread: Odd question of gun strength

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Odd question of gun strength

    I have a ruger security six and a marlin lever action both in 357 cal. I have been pushing a pced Lyman 358 165 with gas check using 2400 powder and getting 1260 fps from a 2 in barrel. Will this be too much for the marlin or can the marlin withstand a higher load than the ruger. I am hoping to find a near max load for multiple use in both guns.

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    Both guns will take full power loads
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    When I had a marlin 1894c, I ran 15 grains of 2400 with a 358156, and neither myself nor the rifle had any complaints.

    The old data lists 16 grains of 2400 with a 158 grain bullet as duplicating the old factory loads. I never tried that combo.

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    You just have to remember that the rifle doesn't vent the pressure like a revolver does. I've run some pretty stiff loads through my Marlins, but I don't make a habit of it.

    Hope this helps.

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check