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    The Lee 358-158 RF is hard to beat. I have two and keep piles of them around to load into 38 SPC cases with a light dash of WW 231.

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    I already had the Lee 358-158-RF so I picked a used Lee C358-158-SWC for giggles and spent less than $20 to my door. Now I have three molds for .357 when I probably only need one.
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    I just signed up for the MH group buy Larsen mold on castboolits which should be fun. Not sure if the GB is still open but this is a good way to get in on a custom mold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1956CJ5 View Post
    I got a great deal on a "used" Lee 358-158-RF 2-cav that had never even been hot, took my Dremel, and very carefully removed the base bevel and the lube groove in both cavities - to make smooth-sided bullets for powdercoating, for my rifle. They work great! I need to make more.
    I did this too, but only one cavity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingstrider View Post
    I just signed up for the MH group buy Larsen mold on castboolits which should be fun. Not sure if the GB is still open but this is a good way to get in on a custom mold.
    The Larsen 180 is the most accurate 38 caliber boolit that I cast. Submoa at 100 yards from a couple different rifles. The only straight wall cartridge that will do that. Its the long bearing surface and the ability to push it into the lands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluejay75 View Post
    The Larsen 180 is the most accurate 38 caliber boolit that I cast. Submoa at 100 yards from a couple different rifles. The only straight wall cartridge that will do that. Its the long bearing surface and the ability to push it into the lands.
    Sweet I'm planning to use it in a couple of suppressed 357 rifles.

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    I also like the Lyman 358429 for your BlackHawk. It works great in my GP100. I am going to try the RCBS 38-158 SWC GC in my Marlin. Hopefully that trial will occur this weekend.

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    I've got a dozen 38/357 molds. Depends on your gun but I find most revolvers like 150gr to 170gr whether cast or jacket. The heavier bullets can shoot well but drag velocity down. I shoot a lot of target loads in 357 which is basically a 38sp at those velocities. I don't push the weight much in revolvers. It seems pistols and rifles have a weight range for bore size that is the average sweet spot.
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