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    358 win hunting bullet

    I just pulled the trigger on a Ruger frontier 358 win. Any mold suggestions/experience for hunting? Thanks!


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    The Lee 200 gr is accurate and should be a good killer too

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    NOE 360-200 .. you can get it FP or with 3 pins FP, HP and cup point
    RCBS 35-200 is good as well
    as mentioned above the lee 200 grn is good as well
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    I have used both the 200gr Lee and the RCBS 35-200-RF for my 358Win and 356 Win. and have killed deer with both of them. However both of them dropped boolits that were undersized for my rifles. I sent the 35-200 to Hollowpoint Services and had the bands opened up to .360 and is very accurate in both rifles. With 50/50+2% COWW/PB/Tin it weighs 218grs with Gas check.
    Knowing what I do now I would have gotten a 35-200 clone from NOE, Accurate, Arsenal, or MP and Specify .360.
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    Get a 35-200 or one of its clones. I have clones from MP, NOE and Accurate. Donít ask why I have it from three makers. But you canít go wrong w/ this design. It flat out works.

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    Saeco 245 gr. fp gc, hits hard and is very accurate.

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    Thanks! Iíll check what MP has to offer


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    The Saeco #352 (245 gn) is the most accurate out of my M77 at hunting velocities. The RCBS 35-200-FN is a close second.
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    I like the NOE clone of the RCBS 200 grain FP. Only killed one deer with it, but it worked well.

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    NOE 360-230-RF Ranch Dog. A little heavier but best shooter out of my Marlin X7 JES rebore to .358. LEE 200 is a good shooter too. The extra weight on the Ranch Dog gives a significant thump on anything you hit. Only downside it doesn't feed well from a double stack magazine like the Marlin X7. Feeds great from the left column but not the right side. Redneck fix I super glued a dummy round on the first round placement on the right side and then load a round in magazine on left side and then depress round and slide a round into chamber and close bolt. This way I have a follow up shot. With the .358 and 230gr boolit with a large meplat you don't need a follow up shot DRT. I am working on a follower and magazine well to feed single stack and problem solved

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    What are you hunting?
    I like the idea of a 230 - 250 grain bullet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerd View Post
    What are you hunting?
    I like the idea of a 230 - 250 grain bullet.
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    I was thinking deer/hogs/black bear. I see mp molds makes a 220 solid/217 hp mold. Was thinking this would give me some good options


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    I live in an area with large and dangerous game. I opted for a 265 gr bullet for all round use. With any cast bullet, I always prefer heavy (long) for bore size for best performance on both target and game.

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    The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
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    I use a 260 gr mold from Mountain molds
    checked and coated pushed to around 2100 fps
    kills deer like lightning bolt
    Hit em'hard
    hit em'often

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    MP just cut a solid or HP clone of the RCBS 35-200. You might be able to get in on the group buy late:
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?359540

    Just FYI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McFred View Post
    MP just cut a solid or HP clone of the RCBS 35-200. You might be able to get in on the group buy late:
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?359540

    Just FYI.
    Thanks! Itís probably too late, but I responded just in case.


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    I had the Saeco 352 that has a gas check and the Saeco no gaz check of the 352 and both shot great even at full load the rifle was a ruger like yours......

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    I shot several bullets in a Santa Barbara 98 , 1-14" A&B 22" barrel .
    I shot 358432 148gr , 358-125 RF , 358-158 RF , 358-200 RF , 360-228 XCB , and 35-250 .
    Real surprises were the WC that shot well to 100 , 110 yd , the 125 Lee was a fun squirrel slayer . The 358-200 Lee shot ok , well inside critter getter limits . The XCB bullet , the rifle was chambered with THE XCB reamer , shot well as long as it was run hard . No surprise there that's what it's supposed to do . The 35-250 was THE show stopper 5 under quarter . If I hadn't screwed that up the 3rd shot they'd have been inside a nickle . At the time I really felt like a 250 at 2100 fps was really getting the job done . It still is . 26-2700 for the XCB is too much of a good thing unless you want to reach out past 250 for 4-600# critters .
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    One addition to my earlier pst. The 358318 (245 gn) was also plenty accurate. I haven't used it for hunting yet, but I have no doubt it would do the job just fine. I really like the blunt profile.
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    Email MP molds, just did a run of 200gr with hollow point options, he usually has extras.

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