"New" (to me) Model 28-2; Any .357 loads to avoid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMG9391 View Post
    She's in pretty good shape, snagged for a great deal too...

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    That's a great looking M28. You are going to enjoy shooting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMG9391 View Post
    Greetings Gun Guys -

    I recently bought a model 28-2, circa '75-'77, that seems to be in great shape.

    I am new to revolvers, which also means I am new to magnum cartridges...

    Any loads I should avoid given the age of the gun? Or does this 40ish oz N-frame handle anything you throw at it?

    Thanks!

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    The revolver will take any factory load you can find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMG9391 View Post
    Greetings Gun Guys -

    I recently bought a model 28-2, circa '75-'77, that seems to be in great shape.

    I am new to revolvers, which also means I am new to magnum cartridges...

    Any loads I should avoid given the age of the gun? Or does this 40ish oz N-frame handle anything you throw at it?

    Thanks!
    Whatever load you put on it will fire efficiently and with pleasure, I put 158 ​​gr JHP or 158Gr LSWC, this last load is good for everything bad that could happen to you, with two or four legs.

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    Nice looking 28-2 you have. Fortunately, living in Southern Arizona gives us old desert dawgs a number of large shows every month or other month. This past weekend there were some good N-frame buys and some with outrageus prices. You'll enjoy shooting your Smith, especially when it's zeroed in at 100 yards.

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    The only load to avoid is the infamous double (or triple) charge of fast powder in a handload. And I'm not even sure that a double charge would seriously damage one. I've never seen a picture of a blown up Model 28. AFAIK all the 357 kaboom pictures I've seen were K or L frames.
    There aren't ANY factory 357 loads that are going to do any harm to that big old N-frame revolver - no matter how many of them you touch off. Shoot as many of the hottest rounds you can afford. Your hands and wrists will give out LONG before you hurt one of those tanks with 357 ammo.
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    I would avoid any .357 magnum factory LEAD BULLET loadings. You might be OK shooting .38 spl. lead bullet ammo in your gun, but in my experience ( not opinion) when they crank it up to magnum level velocities...you get a lot more leading than you want.

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    Very nice find. The biggest problem with Model 28s is that they accumulate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guido4198 View Post
    I would avoid any .357 magnum factory LEAD BULLET loadings. You might be OK shooting .38 spl. lead bullet ammo in your gun, but in my experience ( not opinion) when they crank it up to magnum level velocities...you get a lot more leading than you want.
    I’ve never had any issue using lead bullet in any Smith & Wesson revolver. While this does happen on occasion, any factory lead load or decent reloads should be no issue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Forester View Post
    I’ve never had any issue using lead bullet in any Smith & Wesson revolver. While this does happen on occasion, any factory lead load or decent reloads should be no issue.


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    That's good to know. My personal experience was with a Colt Python. By the time I was finished with a single box of Remington 158 gn lead...the barrel looked like a "smoothbore".


 
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