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I've been trying to listen and learn for awhile, here on Greybeard and would like to known what is
possible with 357 mag 180grn in the contender and the encore.


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I shoot the max load of H-110 that Hodgdon list. 13.5 grs with the 180 Hornady XTP from my 10" Contender and it is a tack driver. I have killed deer pretty well out to 107 yards with it.
 

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I , too , use the 180 grain XTP for the .357 MAX in my Encore. Works real well. Your question refers to the mag though. Personally , I've never got a 180 grain to fly very well from any of my .357 mags. All of my testing has been with revolvers , and the max barrel....perhaps from a mag barreled T/C , it would be different. I use 158 gr XTPs or 125 gr cast (Oregon Trail ) over 2400 in my revolvers, get good results. As Mr.O'neill stated , consult the loading manuals , go from there. good luck

regards , irold

Oh ...and welcome to GBO. Vast amount of information here , lots of good folks.
 

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I've been at work the last couple days, just got a chance to look at the
responces. I'm looking in the safe and I see a 357 marlin 94 and a ss 357 ruger
redhawk 5 1/2'', looks like at least a couple different performance levels
to look at. I'm trying to decide on mag., max., or 358 win. in a encore and 10'' or
12'' for pistol and 16.5'' for a 358 win combo.

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