Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Central Connecticut
As you likly know about any 357/358 bullet can be used.
But know that the plated variety generally list about 1300 fps as max.
If you wanting big game bullets. That xtp FP is a good one BUT, the Maxi can push it TOO FAST so you wanna throttle it back to about 2000 impact velocity max.
The ol 180 SSP was a good one but even it was a tad fragile on bones at max vel Up Close.
The 180 xtp hp is a good one but same story bot push to the 2200 you likely will be able too.
Speer 180 is tough, push as hard as your comfortable with. Many have used it past 2600 with good success.
The 200 FTX is a option too. Its fragile for a 200, but you cant get it going too fast in the maxi so push as hard as you like.
The 200 RN made for the 35 Rem works well if thats appealing profile. Dont think twice about its RN. You cannot shoot far enough with the maxi to see appreciable benefits from a pointy boolit.
The maxi is a dandy close med game caliber. It responds well To cast too if that's what you do. I have a 230 RD bullet that i have reached 1700 fps in a 24” Bbl so you should be able To as well.
As for powders many work. A few work really well. For Many folks, self included, powders begin and end with AA1680.
I have been killin deer hogs with the Maxi since the 1980’s and with a Savage 24 in 357 Max I bought this summer that string is gonna get longer.
Good luck and have fun.
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