Iplayfarmer wrote:That's a nice group there Ranch Dog. I also really like the .357 mag cartridge. I don't know all the science between the case length, bullet weights, etc., but it sure seems that in my hand the .357 is pretty versatile.
Thanks, I had a very stiff wind blowing across the range, right to left, while I sighted that in. The whole purpose for the round ball load was to shoot raiding raccoons out of my pecan trees while using a load that allowed me to shoot without ear plugs (that's where the Trail Boss comes in). The killing authority of the round ball was awful, even with plumbers lead. I mean awful! The cartridge functions through the rifle well until it was pointed up toward the top of the tree, then on the cycle, the fresh cartridge would continue out the top of the receiver. Don't know how many live cartridges I have laying around the bases of pecans!
I switched to my Marlin 1894CL 218 Bee using my 50-grain cast bullet with a 100% load of Trail Boss. That is a very accurate load, head shots are easy, and they are done. The velocity is 1250 FPS as I recall so you get that supersonic crack which requires earplugs. The Trail Boss doesn't meter through the 22 caliber case neck worth a hoot. Once my ammo is used up, I'm going to see if how Trail Boss meters through the case mouths of the 25-20 and 32-20 Win cartridges.