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I am looking into reloading for my 1894C. I would like to hear from Marlin owners that have actually tested and fired different loads using H-110 and Hornady 180gn XTP.

The manuals range from 13.0 to 14.5 My Lyman 49th edition list the 180 GN with H-110 starting load at 13.9 and Max at 14.5 as their most accurate load. Thank you in advance......
 

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I haven't loaded any Hornady 180gr. XTP's, but I have the Hornady 158gr. XTP's and Speer 158gr. SP with 16.0grs of H110 powder in my Marlin 1894C. The Speers 158gr. SP cycled and was more accurate in my carbine. Just my opinion the 158gr. bullet is plenty of weight for the Marlin 1894C 357mag.
 

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I haven't loaded any Hornady 180gr. XTP's, but I have the Hornady 158gr. XTP's and Speer 158gr. SP with 16.0grs of H110 powder in my Marlin 1894C. The Speers 158gr. SP cycled and was more accurate in my carbine. Just my opinion the 158gr. bullet is plenty of weight for the Marlin 1894C 357mag.
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I load 14.5 grs of H-110 in my 1894C and it shoots lights out. Since this load is a max load you might want to work up to it but it shows no signs of pressure in my rifle. What got me started shooting the 180 gr xtp was talking to a guy who had a handi rifle in 357 mag and he was telling me that he killed pigs at 200 yards with it and it whopped them. i also load the 158 gr xtp but for deer at 75 yards i would go with the 180 xtp.
 

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I use Hodgdon "Lilgun" powder in my 1894 .357 with great accuracy. The load is 14.8 grains using the Hornady 180 Gr XTP. I did finish off a suffering not dead yet road hit Doe with the 180 gr XTP some years back and feel the Hornady 180 gr XTP with either Lif-gun or H-110 will do all you need it to do.
 

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I don't have any experience with the 180 grain xtp's, but I have used the 158 grain xtp's and H-110. I load 16.6-16.8 grains and crimp at the cant. I've taken 1 cow horn spike several years ago with this load and my Smith and Wesson 19-4 4" barrel. Deer was 22 yards broadside, bullet went completely thru. Broke 2 ribs on entrance and 2 on exit. Deer ran about 25-30 yards and dropped.
 

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15 grains of win 296 makes a darn fine deer round from my Henry lever action. Shoots under 1" at 100 yards with a scope if i do my part. I took a nice 10 point white tail last season at just over 140 yards the 180 grain xtp expanded very well. Found the bullet under the hide on the far side of the deer. When i cleaned it up and put it on the scale it was 172 grains. I didn't weigh it before hand but assuming it was 180 grains i think it held together very good. I know thats not exactly the info you were looking for but i hope that with the similarity between h110 and w296 that its of some use.

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