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Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« on: December 01, 2010, 11:27:06 AM »
Everybody,

Well, the holiday season is upon us. And I'm faced with a dilemma; what do you get the gun owner who has everything? The answer, of course, is more ammo! The gun owner in this case is my Dad, and his firearm of choice is a Marlin lever action carbine in .357 Magnum. Now, my old man is a little close to his money, and he won't buy premium ammunition. So, I thought I might find a good qualtiy load that works well in a lever action rifle. Right now, I'm focused on the Hornady Leverevolution or the Buffalo Bore. He has this rifle for the coyotes that occasionly take up residence in his back yard, nothing larger.

So, does anyone have any opinions or experience with either of these loads? Will something else work better?

Thanks all,

Rob
Illinois


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Re: Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 11:41:25 AM »
If ricochets or overpenetration are concerns in this back yard, I might go with the 125gr JHP Buffalo Bore load.

They say it runs 2298 fps from an 18.5" carbine, so I'd think it would be pretty frangible at that speed.
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Re: Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 10:30:17 PM »
If it is accurate in his Marlin, the Remington UMC 125 grain JSP is a good varmint load. I've seen firsthand what that loads does. It expands very nicely, but penetrates better than most jhp's in lighter weights. It's not expensive, either.
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Re: Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 11:14:39 PM »
Different tangent for a moment-

I'd go with either the 158 Speer Gold Dot hp or the 158 Hornady XTP fp in my 357 levers if only allowed a choice or 2.  Either should work fine on 'yotes, and both will work well on things up to and including Odocoileus hemionus(mule deer) and Homo sapiens should occasion demand.

Question-  What load is the rifle zeroed for? 
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Re: Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2010, 04:53:48 AM »
 
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Question-  What load is the rifle zeroed for? 

You know, that is a darn good question, and well, I don't know. My plan was to get him a couple of boxes of the premium ammunition (40 rounds), which should be enough for any a couple of amateurs like Dad and I to get it zeroed.

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If ricochets or overpenetration are concerns in this back yard, I might go with the 125gr JHP Buffalo Bore load.

Probably should have mentioned, his back yard is several hundred acres of farmland. Nobody close, but flat as a pool table.

Thanks for all the replies!

Rob
Illinois

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Re: Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 11:46:14 AM »
When I had my Marlin 1894C I always loaded it with 158 grain soft points.  They were very accurate and performed well on varmints.  I'm not sure I'd load a light JHP in a carbine for anything bigger than a varmint as the bullet might disintegrate at that velocity.
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Re: Ammo recommendation for .357 lever action
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2010, 08:52:29 PM »
My 1894 .357 marlin is very sensitive to ammo- with the right  158gn .357 it will shoot really nice,(3" 100yds) another brand it will print 12" high, with some 125gn loads it is a shotgun. ( 10" pattern at 25 yards.) It may take some experimenting.


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