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I'm shooting a 38/357 mag S&W 686-s 5" B. Can anyone help me with a 700x load over a Hornaby 158 gr SWC for a 38 special and the 357 mag. I will use this load for plinking with the grandkids.
 

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I saw the Hogdgon chart for 357 mag 700x under 158 gr MEI cast lswc load was 3.4-4.9. I saw the 4.5-5.7 load for 357 XTP. Is XYP the same as SWC
 

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NO, the XTP is a jacketed bullet. If you have some Green Dot, it works well as does Unique, HP-38/WW-231
 

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"Can anyone help me with a 700x load over a Hornaby 158 gr SWC for a 38 special and the 357 mag."

You might want to do this the other way around, that is, having the bullet over the powder.

Just teasing!

;)

Bruce
 

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For what it is worth, when loading target/plinking loads for my 357's I use 5.5 to 6.0 grains of unique, Federal #100 Primers, and Rainier 158 grain plated bullet. This makes a nice mild round. Even my 11 year old Grandson handles this load without any problems in my 686. The main reason I went with the plated bullet was lead/lube fouling. I have used both Rainier and Berry Plated bullets. After a day at the range, cleanup is much faster.
When loading 38 Special Brass I cut the powder back to 4.1 to 4.6 grains.
Whatever powder/bullet combination you decide to go with ALWAYS follow the recommended powder charge established by the manufacturer. NEVER EXCEED MAXIMUN LOADS!
 
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