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Lee 158gr RNFP Cast from 50/50 Wheel Weights & Linotype, Tumble Lubed w/ Lee Liquid ALOX.
My All Around Favorite Boolit for this Caliber.
Very Accurate, Economical & No Leading up to 1400fps.
For Deer, I Use Hornady's 158gr XTP-FP @ 1700fps.
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IMHO Range is a Factor when Considering Bullet Type.
For Longer Ranges (over 75yds) I Prefer the XTP Hollow Point & for Close Range (25-50yds) I use Cast.
For Bigger Deer & All Ranges I use the XTP Flat Point (out to 100yds+)
A Properly Alloyed Cast Lead Boolit with a Large Meplat (Nose Flat) Will Definitly Work Very Well
at Any Reasonable Range that a Deer can be Taken with a .357Mag Rifle.
These are just My Personal Choices for Deer.
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Does cast vs FP, HP really make that much of a differance hunting deer with it?
A cast flat point drives thru the deer causing a big hole so blood leaks out and cold air goes in. A self defense HP expands inside the deer causing tremendous trauma. When hit well The deer dies in either case but some folks will tell you the FP is a hunting bullet and the HP is not. Old school vs new school so to speak. In my opinion A 125 grain Hornady critical defense bullet works just fine if you can score a hit. If you can't then it does not matter if you use a 12 gauge slug.
 

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Don't get me Wrong, I Really Like Cast for the .357 (And All My Other Guns)
My .357 Stays Loaded w/ 158gr Lee RNFP over 7gr HS6 (1200fps & 3/4in @ 54yds)
& I would Not Hesitate taking a Shot at a Deer with it, out to 50yds or so.
Just haven't worked up a Hotter Load for them just yet.
At least not one that's as Accurate as the XTPs at Higher Velocity.
My XTP-FP Load Runs at 1700fps & I've run the Lead up to 1400.
At these Speeds the XTP's give me 3/4in groups & the Lead 1-2in @ 54yds.
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My two .357 Magnum rifles (an 1894C 18.5" barrel from 1979 and an 1894CBL 24" octagon barrel from 1999) get fed a steady diet of my own cast bullets. My general walk about woods loafing load is the old Lyman 358429 @ 173 grains loaded in .38 Special cases on top of some 2400 powder for a velocity of 1400 fps. My high performance load in the 1894C is the Lyman 358156 SWC gas checked bullet which weighs 164 grains. Loaded with a stout charge of ACC#9 my velocity is 1780 fps with superb accuracy. My 1894CBL prefers the Ranch Dog 358-175 @ 179 grains. When loaded on top of 2400 powder the speed is 1638 fps and accuracy is under an inch at 50 yards using the Lyman 66A receiver site I have mounted. The 1894C wears an OLD Bushnell fixed 2.5x20mm scope that has been on at least four other of my rifles but has now found a permanent home on the 1894C.

If I can't kill a deer with any of the above loads within the range limitations of the .357 Magnum rifles mentioned, I'm staying home and playing Yahtzee with the wife. In my youthful days when I could see open sites, I managed to kill three Whitetails with my 1976 vintage Ruger Security Six with it's six inch barrel. At the time I loaded the Hornady 125 grain hollow point bullet @ 1400 fps and never recovered any of the bullets. However, that was before deer became bullet proof and required a 250 grain bullet fired from a .338 Rem Ultra Mag @ 2900 fps.

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Maybe I Need to get a Gas Check Mold for the .357 for the Higher Velocity Loads.
Just that it shot so Well up to 1200fps that I never Saw a Need.
Now w/ the Scarcity of XTP-FPs & Other Quality Hunting Bullets for the .357.
Maybe it's Time to Look 4 an Alternative Using Cast.
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Maybe I Need to get a Gas Check Mold for the .357 for the Higher Velocity Loads.
Just that it shot so Well up to 1200fps that I never Saw a Need.
Now w/ the Scarcity of XTP-FPs & Other Quality Hunting Bullets for the .357.
Maybe it's Time to Look 4 an Alternative Using Cast.
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Uncle Sarge58,
All my high velocity loads use gas check bullets. You won't go wrong with the Lyman 358156 SWCGC (164 grain) or the Lee C358-158 SWCGC (also 164 grains from my alloy). My moulds are four and six cavity respectively. The Lee mould at six cavities really puts out a lot of bullets in a very short time! Both the Lyman and the Lee bullets shoot great when sized .3592 for my rifles. Since the Ranch Dog 179 grain mould is no longer available, no sense looking for that one unless you find it for sale on the used market.

Send me a PM with your mailing info and I'll send you some of each to try. That way you can make a decision based on how they shoot in your rifle. The Lyman bullet shoots best in my 1894C as opposed to the Lee bullet, but I sure would not want to live on the difference. I shoot the Lee bullet in my S&W 19-4 @ 1350 fps from it's four inch barrel and the accuracy has to be seen to be believed. If the Lee bullet works for you, I have a two cavity mould I would part with.

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358Win,
Wanna Trade for a Lee 195gr .40Cal SWC Mold?
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Stick to .357 Cases & Load Accordingly.
Light Loads for Small Game & Heavy for Large.
That way you only have One Size of Brass & Dies to Keep up with.
Makes things a Whole Lot Easier & Besides They Feed Better.
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My rifle like the Dardas 158 gr RNFP, but I've been known to run the 158 SWC. For some reason it seems to be more accurate with the RNFP, but the SWC rounds still do OK. While I've yet to kill a deer with either I have killed a couple of pigs with the RNFP bullets.
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358Win,
Wanna Trade for a Lee 195gr .40Cal SWC Mold?
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UncleSarge58, I don't own a .40 Caliber of any kind. I own 38 S&W, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, and 45 ACP handguns, but no .40 caliber. I was at the range this morning with my S&W 19-4 with a 4" barrel shooting different powders under my Lyman 358477 158 grain SWC and my 358627 215 grain SWC GC. I was there several hours and had a ball. I was astounded by the accuracy of the 358477 with both Bullseye and Red Dot powders @ 1014 fps and 1028 fps respectively. American Select and ACC#2 did not perform as well as the two old standbys. The 358627 215 grain SWC GC loaded in 38 Special cases on top of ACC#9 did quite well also @ 1014 fps with some authoritative recoil. The exact load when shot from my 1894C does 1210 fps

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180gr XTP HP for deer in my 6" DW. Should be great in a rifle. A 200gr hard cast Keith type also works well with the DW. Driven from a rifle should also work well.
 
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