Nice job on your cast bullet test! My alloy for my 1894C and 1894CBL cast bullet shooting is straight wheel weight metal with 2% tin added. I use gas checked bullets for all my high velocity loads. Presently I'm using the Lyman 358156 SWCGC bullet @ 164 grains and the Lee C358-158 SWCGC bullet also at 164 grains with my WW alloy. Both are used in my 1894C @ 1780fps. The 1894CBL prefers the Ranch Dog 358-175 bullet at 179 grains and launched at 1638 fps from the 24" CBL. I have never killed a deer with either of my .357 Magnum rifles but did manage to take three with my Ruger Security Six with it's 6" barrel back in the days of my youth when I could see open sites. I have shot many Groundhogs with my .357 rifles and from the expansion hole upon exiting the bullets seem to be expanding fairly well. A test like yours would be in order on my part to determine the expansion characteristics of my WW alloy. My woods loafing walk about load for both rifles is the Lyman 358429 loaded in .38 special cases and launched at 1400 fps.
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