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Thread: Which would you buy and why? NOE 360-172-SWC or 360-176-SWC ?

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    Boolit Buddy maglvr's Avatar
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    Jun 2011

    Which would you buy and why? NOE 360-172-SWC or 360-176-SWC ?

    Ok this is my last question on these two, I swear
    Which of these 2 great looking molds would you buy, and why?
    Many thanks
    The .357 Magnum......
    Major Douglas Wesson, using factory loads, which were a 158 gr. soft lead bullet, traveling 1515 fps, from an 8 3/4" barreled S&W, producing 812 ft. lbs of muzzle energy.
    Antelope - 200 yards (2 shots)
    Elk - 130 yards (1 shot)
    Moose - 100 yards (1 shot)
    Grizzly Bear - 135 yards (1 shot).

    It kind of makes one wonder, why today, it will bounce off anything bigger than a rabbit

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    Boolit Bub
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    I doubt you'd notice any real difference between the two. The 360-176-SWC is the older original 358429 Lyman mould clone. It would be closer to what Major Wesson used when experimenting with the original 357 but the differences between these two moulds are pretty trivial.

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    Orange, VA NOW
    I would go with the 360-176, solely because of the slightly shorter crimp groove-to-nose length. In my model 28, that .009 difference matters. In my other .357's, not so much.
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