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I am not a fan of H110 or W296. Do any of you have a favorite recipe for 180 grain hard cast gas check 357 bullets? They will be used to hunt deer with handgun and rifle. If the opportunity presents itself, hogs and black bear.
 

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I prefer Lil Gun to the other two, and it achieves the same velocities along with less flash and bang. I believe the pressures to be less as well. I shot mine with great accuracy this weekend and maxed out at 15gr. It does heat the barrel quickly but seems very safe. I use Starline brass and small pistol mag primers from Winchester.
 

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Try AA-9. Lee shows a top load of 12.6 grains. I'm shooting the surplus version, WC 820, with great results in a .357 Max Handi. I'm using Max cases so my data will do you no good, but the appropriate charge in Mag cases should work for you. My bullets are homecast from the 180 RF group buy mould of earlier this year and I GC in a .360 sizer after waterquenching.
 
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My favorite is the Laser-Cast 180grn (really 180grns) plain base with 15.0grns LilGun at around 1250fps out of a well-worn GP100 with 6" barrel. Have used both regular and magnum primers. About the best accuracy that I've gotten out of this revolver at 50yds.

I've also gotten a 170grn Lyman mould that drops hard cast Keith type bullets at 165grns and loaded up some with LilGun but have not tested them yet. BM

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Here are two 185gr cast bullet loads with Lil'Gun. Hodgdon's Annual Manual lists 15.0gr Lil'Gun as Max with the 180gr Nosler Partition.

185gr LFNGC Beartooth WW Cse Fed 200 Mag 14.7gr Lil'Gun 1.595 O.A.L.
13.5gr Lil'Gun 1.610 O.A.L.

1.595 O.A.L Length Feeds in Marlin -- 1.610 O.A.L. does not.

Temp was 75 degrees, and Chrono was 4 paces from muzzle.

For each gun, the first load is 14.7gr, and the second load is 13.5gr.

Gun Bbl Vel 1 Vel 2 Avg
Marlin 18 1,719 1,707 1,713
Marlin 18 1,705 1,715 1,710

Rug BH 6.5 1,381 1,395 1,388
Rug BH 6.5 1,344 1,301 1,323

Rug SP101 3 1/16 1,172 1,149 1,161
Rug SP101 3 1/16 1,171 1,130 1,151

S&W M60 3 1,174 1,175 1,175
S&W M60 3 1,085 1,113 1,099

S&W M360 1 7/8 1,020 1,025 1,023
S&W M360 1 7/8 983 939 961

S&W M340 1 7/8 NA NA NA
S&W M340 1 7/8 1,017 996 1,007

The S&W 340 and 360 are the Scandium/Titanium versions. The S&W M60 is the 3" full lugged adj sight model.

I ran the same cartridge (14.7gr load) thru the 360 Scan/Ti 6 Times with no bullet pull problem. Used very aggressive Lee factory crimp. For complete confidence/reliability, you need to perform this test for yourself.
 
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I have been loading Noslers 180gr Partition Gold for my 1894CP ,but I use H-110 .Also I have an older Lyman mold that casts a 215gr SWC GC that seems to work very well in my CP and 357 Cowboy :D :!:
 
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