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(DISCLAIMER) My load notes and development data is not warranted safe in your rifle just because it was in my rifle(s). Therefore, what I present of my own load development experiments - my results and thoughts - is for educational comparative purposes only. Hence I use the term "load notes" and not "load data" in the sense of load "recipes" per se. Also any and all other reloading data presented here - or any and all reloading data linked from my site - must be treated cautiously. Consult several reputable reloading manuals for starting loads and then use normal, safe reloading practices to work up to maximum loads carefully and safely! I accept no responsibility for your safety.

358 Winchester
RUGER Hawkeye Stainless
(1.5x4 VariX-ll)
Factory 22" barrel with a 1 in 12 twist

my Ruger Hawkeye Stainless in 358Win
- read disclaimer above carefully
Loads here not "recommended" to others for use

Velocities given are uncorrected instrumental readings - 12 feet from muzzle

NOTE - the leade on this rifle seems the same as my Ruger Frontier so COALs should be interchangeable

47 IMR 4895
was difficult to compress

200 Barnes TSX
max COAL - 2.700
(2.720 COAL is just touching lands)
(Barnes recommends .050" jump to lands for accuracy so a COAL of 2.670" may be optimum)

2333 fps
----ft.lbs

- too slow
- feeds very slick in this rifle!
46/IMR 4895/ 2271, 2234 - easy to compress

46 IMR 3031
was difficult to compress

200 Barnes TSX
max COAL - 2.700
(2.720 COAL is just touching lands)
(Barnes recommends .050" jump to lands for accuracy so a COAL of 2.670" may be optimum)

2473, 2448, 2472 fps
----ft.lbs

WLRM
pressure moderate
accuracy - 3 into 1 1/2" @100yds
- still too slow
- feeds very slick in this rifle!

48.5/IMR 4895

225 Nosler Partition
no crimp (but next time crimp as neck tension not enough to hold in bullet)
2.820 COAL

2408, 2386, 2409, 2388, 2375, 2396fps
----ft.lbs

WLRM, RP brass
- put three into 1 1/4" twice
- moose load 2011
- can use same charge with 225 Sierras @ 2.800 for cheaper alternate (prints very close)

48.5/IMR 4895

225 Sierra
no crimp (but next time crimp as neck tension not enough to hold in bullet)
2.800 COAL

----fps
----ft.lbs

WLRM, RP brass
- put two into 1"
- backup moose practice load 2011

----

310 WoodleighRN
new stock

----fps
----ft.lbs

NOTE - 2.815" is just kissing the lands!



358 Winchester Loads

Jarrett XP-1 Hunter - 14 1/2" Shilen Barrel
Layne Simpson Shooting Times - Feb.91- p.64
Warning -author's notes say that some of these are maximum loads in his gun but may be excessive for others - reduce by 10% to start in other guns
Bullet Powder Grains Primer Case Velocity - fps
av. 5 shots at 12'
Hornady 180 SSP ReL 7 45 WLRM Win 2537
Speer 180 FN IMR-4895 51 WLRM Win 2494
Sierra 200 RN IMR-3031 48 WLRM Win 2472
Speer 220 FN ReLoder 12 50 WLRM Win 2411
Nosler225 Partition IMR-3031 48 WLRM Win 2453
Sierra 225 SPBT ReLoder 12 50 WLRM Win 2409

Boddington's 358 fav loads - from his article The Great 358
Read his whole article here - http://www.gunsandammomag.com/gun_columns/notes/notes0404_0426/

BODDINGTON'S .358 HANDLOADS
  Velocity (Energy) Trajectory (200-yd. Zero)
Bullet Powder Charge
Weight
Muzzle 100 200 300 100 300
200-gr. XFB RL12 49 gr. 2,500
(2,775)
2,251
(2,251)
2,019
(1,810)
1,802
(1,443)
+2.7 -11.3
225-gr. NPT IMR 4895 49 gr. 2,500
(3,122)
2,303
(2,648)
2,114
(2,233)
1,934
(1,869)
+2.6 -10.2
250-gr. SSSP IMR 3031 42 gr. 2,300
(2,935)
2,117
(2,488)
1,942
(2,093)
1,777
(1,753)
+3.1 -12.4
Charges shown may be maximum in some rifles; use safe handloading procedures, reduce charges shown by five percent, and work up in half-grain increments, watching for signs of pressure.
XFB=Barnes X, Flatbase; NPT=Nosler Partition; SSSP=Speer Spitzer Softpoint.



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