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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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The .357 Magnum seems to have become one of, if not the most popular calibers around here. Probably near half have become Maxi's. Let's see pics of yours. Details of standard or reamed, type of sights, scopes, favorite loads, etc... is even better.

The first one, was bought new with an SB1 frame and synthetic stocks. It is now on an SB2 frame from a 280 Rem I bought new. The lam stocks are from a used 12 ga., removed the recoil pad and dremel fit an H&R embossed plastic butt plate. The scope is a 3-9x40 TC branded that I had laying around. I will eventually go to something smaller like a Weaver 1-3x20 or Leupold 1-4x20. Just found out this barrel will take .360 DW brass so I will be working up loads for it. Big thanks to twoshooter!!
The second one was built for my son with a barrel from here. The frame is a newer SB1. The forearm is from the other 357, and the youth stock is a Choate from Midway. It wears a red/green Bushnell Trophy multi reticle sight.
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We've had four or five Maxies over the years. These are our current two. We seldom, almost never shoot .357 Mags in them. They feed my Ruger Blackhawk. We shoot .38s running slow for small game and plinking and sometimes +Ps. The Maxie load for both is the 180 SSP (I still have about four boxes) over 23.7 gr. Lil Gun running 2150 fps from their 16.5 inch barrels.

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Keep both eyes open and make the first shot good.
The growing Handi/Sportster/Pardner/Topper Family: .22 WMR, .22-250. 223, Two Superlight 7mm-08s and one Superlight .243, standard .243, .30-30, 16.5 inch .30-40, .308, 32-20, 18 inch .356/.358 Win., Two 16.5 inch .357 Max., 18 inch 38-55. 16.5 inch .445 Super Mag., .45LC, 16.5 and 22 inch .45-70s, .50 Huntsman SS, .410, 20 ga., 12 ga., 20 ga. Pardner Pump, Versa-Pack .410 - .22
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Here are my 2 Maxis. Both barrels were bought on here and both have older Sightron S11 scopes. Top is an SB2 bottom is an SB1. They shoot well with Reeds 180 XTP loads. I'm new to reloading and I think 27gr of 1680 with a 180 SSP is the sweet spot, but I'm still trying to grasp the whole reloading thing. I think I'm close. I've had a blast reloading and trying to find the right loads for these guns. I also have 2 factory built standard Magnums with synthetic stocks that I have squirreled away just because.
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I also have 2 factory built standard Magnums with synthetic stocks that I have squirreled away just because.

excellent move !!!

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It don't matter cause I don't mind or is it I lost that too........

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This thread makes me realize I have no really good photos of my 357 gun.





Custom build using a Numrich chambered blank most likely originating as an overrun from production of the IMI Timberwolf pump guns way back when.

I was able to use it to claim the title of shortest non-NFA gun at a recent shooting meet:



Most importantly, using the forums reamer and judicious handloading it will ring steel out to 425 yards and probably further.




It works.
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I'll throw mine in the mix. I'd been looking for one for quite a while and found it on Armslist last week. It's on an SB1 frame with the last three numbers of the frame serial number electropenciled on the barrel lug (which casts just a little doubt in my mind on the PO's assertion that he was the original owner and he bought it as a .357 - Edit - I know better now, thanks to Pete's post below. Thanks, Pete!). Shown with its sort-of big brother in .300 Blackout.


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Welcome Grumpy and relax. The lug marking is how the factory did it. Your rifle is factory original. That's a nice pair.

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The growing Handi/Sportster/Pardner/Topper Family: .22 WMR, .22-250. 223, Two Superlight 7mm-08s and one Superlight .243, standard .243, .30-30, 16.5 inch .30-40, .308, 32-20, 18 inch .356/.358 Win., Two 16.5 inch .357 Max., 18 inch 38-55. 16.5 inch .445 Super Mag., .45LC, 16.5 and 22 inch .45-70s, .50 Huntsman SS, .410, 20 ga., 12 ga., 20 ga. Pardner Pump, Versa-Pack .410 - .22
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Some nice looking rifles here. Keep them coming!!

skiddyfisk how do you like that peep sight? What length is the barrel?
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Thanks, Pete! I've got a lot to learn about these little rifles and am looking forward to a lot of fun doing it...
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16.5" heavy barrel turned down & tapered Maxi , hogged out tamer stock, single point sling, 3-9 Redfield Revenge, 180 SSPs pushed by H110.
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...there are many kinds of wounded, and only one kind of dead. Do it the Handi way, one shot, one kill.
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