I have several guns in Max including a 10" and 14" for the Contender.
My 10" max is very accurate. My full power loads push a 180 gr cast bullet to 1760 fps and 160 gr cast to 2100 fps
I am pretty recoil tolerant, but shooting full power loads in the 10" Max is real bad. Last time I fired a dozen or so full power rounds, my wrist was sore for days.
There are other issues with the Max in a tender. I gave up shooting Mag case ammo in Max guns a long time ago. The bullet is in free flight when it leaves the case before reaching the Max throat. I also have had more than a little frustration with light loads in max cases. There is just too much empty space.
I really do not shoot the 10" Max barrel any more. If I wanted to do long range 35 cal pistol shooting, I would use the 14" barrel with a scope. Recoil is much more tolerable.
I also have a 357 Mag for the tender.
The mag is fun to shoot, but a little more power would be nice. I used to load 357s hot, but gave it up when I thought through the risk of my ammo finding its way into some wimpy revolver that should have never been chambered for a "magnum" round.
If you want to re-chamber, I would strongly recommend the 360 Dan Wesson. You need to go to Starline to get brass for either. Full power loads in the 360 will come close enough to 357 max, especially in a 9". In an Encore, you can load 360s very hot (think 353 Casull pressures). You will probably loose very little. The 360 should be much better with reduced loads than the Max. The 360 should also be much better at shooting ammo in 357 mag cases. With medium to heavy bullets, you can seat way out in a mag case and expect accuracy to be just as good as when using 360 cases.
If this was a 14" or longer barrel and you were really trying for absolute maximum effective range for hunting, the max would be a more reasonable choice.
Last edited by P Flados; 11-28-2019 at 10:44 PM.