Anyone ever use Speer 35cal 180gr Hot-Cor bullets in there 1894C? I would only load one in the tube and one in the chamber. Thanks Mike
If intended for hunting, I'd really strongly discourage their use in the .357 carbine.
Velocity possible is too low to have the desired expansion characteristics on game. It's a fairly tough bullet, and the .35 Remington needs higher velocities itself to acheive reasonable expansion. The .35 Remington is capable of much higher velocities than the .357 carbine.
If just for shooting and general plinking, as well as everything smaller than deer, check functioning with a few dummy rounds before loading up a large batch. Bullet protrusion outside the case is somewhat greater than your typical 158 JHP.
I first discovered the Speer 180 twenty-plus years ago while experimenting with the 357 Maximum. Even with full charge-loads, the 357 Max just couldn't generate enough velocity to get reliable (if any) expansion with that bullet, the jacket is just too thick. I think the 35 Remington is the minimum caliber suitable for that bullet if it's to be used on game.
If you just want to shoot paper, there are MUCH cheaper bullets to be had. I paid $16/100 for those bullets back in the early 90's, and almost had a conniption fit when I saw the price. I'd be willing to bet they cost twice that now. I have some on hand, but I use them sparingly.
Having said all that, it IS an excellent bullet, and the best levergun group of my life was obtained while using it.
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