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    I have a brass mould no marks, 113 grains 359 WC boolit. works great for plinking
    load with 4,6 of 231 and is a sweet load to shoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaak View Post
    I think I'll try to replicate what the two of you are recommending. What Lee mold would you suggest? There is a 148g wad cutter and semi-wad cutter.
    My load was with a wadcutter because I was shooting paper, but for plinking purpose, either one should work fine. I have both lube grooves and tumble lube Lee designs and both worked great. The tumble lube design would be the easiest to make. Just cast,tumble ,load and shoot.
    When I was shooting Bullseye, Richard Lee was on the League for a season, and he had asked me what I was shooting. So I explain my load and also stated that the bullet was one of his designs. He asked if I had ever tried a lighter wadcutter bullet than a 148gr. I stated that I didn't know if there was anything lighter than 148. The next week, he brought me a single cavity 116gr mold and said give it a try and see how it works. If it doesn't work ,I could just toss it out rather than hand it back. I though to myself, even if it doesn't work, I'm not tossing it because as far as I know, it is a one of a kind mold given to me by Dick Lee himself. Any way,it worked better in a fellow shooters 38sp with his load than my load in a 357 case load. I still have the mold. My brother is using it in his 38sp case loads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSB View Post
    148g cast with 4.3g 231 powder in a .357 case. There's no reason in the world to use a 38spl case and end up getting a crud ring in the chambers. I used this load for competition and at 25 yards shooting off bags it would shoot five shots with all bullets touching. Extremely mild recoil and great accuracy.
    If there is a crud ring, it is easily removed when cleaning the revolver. Even a .357 cartridge will leave deposits in the cylinders.

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    Right now I'm using 6.0 grs of Unique and the Lee 158RF powder coated in mixed 357 brass, mild and accurate. As to the original post wanting to use a small charge of H110 I wouldn't do that.
    Hell, I was there!

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    At one point I had a 113? gr 38 lee wc single cavity mold. It was so marked. I think I gave it away as a prize at a shoot. It did OK but I am beyond sc revolver or pistol molds. I don't know when it was made but am pretty sure it was factory and before Lee went to their numbering system.
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    Lyman #358477 cast of COWW in a tired .357Mag case over 3.5grs of Bullseye.

    Just the thing to fit in the short Cylinder of a S&W M27/M28.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Gianni View Post
    At one point I had a 113? gr 38 lee wc single cavity mold. It was so marked. I think I gave it away as a prize at a shoot. It did OK but I am beyond sc revolver or pistol molds. I don't know when it was made but am pretty sure it was factory and before Lee went to their numbering system.
    Maybe I don't have one of a kind mold. I will have to try and find some bullets and try and post a picture. My brother is in Arizona right now visiting their daughter, so cant get the mold back until they get home.
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    I have the Lee 105 swc and the 125 fp. Both work well for plinking loads. I've been using 4.8gr Unique with the 125 in 38 cases in my 20" Rossi 92. The same load with the 105 is louder and has a sonic crack that the 125 doesn't. Soots a little, but it's an easy clean-up. The 105 really stretches your lead supply. My Rossi likes the 125 better so I'm using it more lately.

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    One of the best plinking loads for me, after trying many things, is the old-fashioned wadcutter over about 3.0 grains of some fast-burning powder like Red Dot or Bullseye in a 38 Special case. That kind of thing has performed consistently well for me in every 38 and 357 gun I've had.
    A box of premium carry ammo is too expensive at about $30, so I've spent $1,000 on molds, lead, lube, primers, and powder over the past 10 years to make some that's cheaper!

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    Lots of great loads listed here. One of my favorites in both revolvers and lever guns is the Lee 125 grain rf with 4.4 grains of Bullseye in a .357 case. It is quiet, mild in recoil, accurate in my guns, and pretty quiet in a rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Gianni View Post
    At one point I had a 113? gr 38 lee wc single cavity mold. It was so marked. I think I gave it away as a prize at a shoot. It did OK but I am beyond sc revolver or pistol molds. I don't know when it was made but am pretty sure it was factory and before Lee went to their numbering system.
    This mold was two cavity, but I think it was a copy (probably from that Lee) made by a local manufacturer

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    I'm with lowbudgetshooter.

    125 gr bullets keep the lead costs down. 3-5 grains of Red Dot gives good accuracy and enough power to ventilate anything you want holes in.
    Low recoil, low noise.

    My .357 Handi rifle is one of my most accurate with 4.6 gr of Red Dot and a Cast bullet sized .358 or larger lubed with 2-3 light coats of BLL.
    I started out with 158 gr round nose but quickly switched to a Lee 6 cavity 125 gr rf. Thrifty to load for and stacks them up nicely, puts them where you want them.

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    Thanks to a post some time ago by Mr.GhostHawk, I experimented with Red Dot.Found 4.6gr. behind the Lee 120 TC in a .357mag case is not only very accurate but also hit in the same place as my full power 158 gr .357 loads.At least as far as 25 yards.Talk about a convenient pair....

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    I use two, a Mihec 124 HC wad cutter over 2.8 bullseye and a Lyman 358665 with 6.0 of Unique in a 357 case.

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    For what you want, I'd just load up medium power .38Spec. wadcutters.
    For them, I'm a big Unique fan.

    I've always had a large enough supply of Lead and wheel weights, that I didn't need to conserve enough to
    use the real light boolits instead of 148s.
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    Best accuracy with my Henry .357 rifle has been a 140 gr Missouri flat point bullet over 5.8 grains of Shooters World Ultimate Pistol. It makes under 1300 fps from a 20" barrel . Other good loads were 5 grains +/- of American select, WST, and Cleanshot. And Titegroup. I'd prefer to load the bulkier powders, but ultimate gets the nod in my case because of consistent accuracy. It is very fine and 5.8 grains is less than 0.5 cc of powder.

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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