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Thread: 180 grain boolits in a Marlin 94

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    180 grain boolits in a Marlin 94

    Got a bunch cast up and sized .359. Anyone have any favorite loads to share?
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    In .357 4.0 to 4.5 grains of Bullseye, Titegroup or Trail Boss.
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    If they are plainbase I use 8.5 gr of Accurate #7. Approx. 1300 fps.

    My 180gr GC bullets get 12.5 gr of 2400. Approx. 1500 fps.

    Both are very accurate in my microgroove JM Marlin.

    The 2400 load shoots into a 2"-2 1/2" circle at 100 yards routinely. (I use a 4x scope)

    Best of luck,


    Steve in N CA

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    They are gas checked
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    I don't post loading data on open forums, but I can tell you that with that bullet I get about 100 fps more using Hodgdon Lil'Gun than I do when using Winchester 296/Hodgdon H-110. It also produces the tightest groups with the heavier bullets in .357 Magnum. My load gives me an average of 1,710 fps with the 180 gr. RNFP-GC bullet in one of my Marlin 1894's.

    Hope this helps.

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    11.5 gr 2400 =1250
    fps in my trapper .a 5 shot ragged hole at 50 meters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReloaderFred View Post
    I don't post loading data on open forums, but I can tell you that with that bullet I get about 100 fps more using Hodgdon Lil'Gun than I do when using Winchester 296/Hodgdon H-110. It also produces the tightest groups with the heavier bullets in .357 Magnum. My load gives me an average of 1,710 fps with the 180 gr. RNFP-GC bullet in one of my Marlin 1894's.

    Hope this helps.

    Fred
    Good choice...Hodgdon has load data.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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