.357 Herrett - Any experience?

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 20,951 Senior Member
It seems I might be given one in the very near future.

So, I'm looking for experience and advise as to hand loading and usage.

I would like to load 180gr Lead WFN Flat Base if I can......

http://www.missouribullet.com/details.php?prodId=201&category=5&secondary=&keywords=

......but, if velocities would be too high, I'm not opposed to jacketed bullets.

Would like to to make it a hunting round.

What experience do you guys have?
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,102 Senior Member
    Going old school???
    Never had one of those.
    Contender?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    Never had or shot one, but Steve Herrett took a passle of big game with it. There were articles in G&A all the time.
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,393 Senior Member
    What I have read on the internet about it (for what it is worth) is that it is essentially the same (ballistically) as a .35 Remington on up to 200 grain bullets. Kind of like a .308 vs. 30/06 with 150's, or a 9x23 Win vs. .357 mag with 125's.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    That's a 30-30 shortened and blown out to .357' correct?

    .

    Yep.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    Going old school???
    Never had one of those.
    Contender?

    Apparently.
    Figures.
    Maaaaybe?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    Never had or shot one, but Steve Herrett took a passle of big game with it. There were articles in G&A all the time.

    It's definitely old school. Can't find any articles on it.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    What I have read on the internet about it (for what it is worth) is that it is essentially the same (ballistically) as a .35 Remington on up to 200 grain bullets. Kind of like a .308 vs. 30/06 with 150's, or a 9x23 Win vs. .357 mag with 125's.

    I would actually consider re-chambering to .35 Remington as forming .357 Herrett brass sounds a pain in the.........brrrrass.

    But, .35 Rem brass seems rare as common sense from CPJ.

    Would be easier, though. Like CPJ.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Piss off

    :smooch:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Leave it the 357 Herrett. Brass is available in the form of what you already have. Cut and form. Whoop tee doo. Quit being a vagina.

    Well, it does come with Herrett dies. To include an RCBS trim die.

    I'm just feeling a little sandy.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Saw that one.

    That article..........and a loading manual narration from our Kiwi, both make reference to the difficulty (and importance) to exact brass sizing. Too much or too little sizing and accuracy/pressure will greatly suffer.

    Sounds like more pain in the butt than this clam wants to deal with.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Saw that one.

    That article..........and a loading manual narration from our Kiwi, both make reference to the difficulty (and importance) to exact brass sizing. Too much or too little sizing and accuracy/pressure will greatly suffer.

    Sounds like more pain in the butt than this clam wants to deal with.

    I got my 30 Herrett barrel and dies in the late 70's and that was about the time I started handloading. It wasn't too big a pain to form the cases with
    the appropriate die set & careful attention to detail. The 357 Herrett does have a much smaller shoulder than its little brother.
    The key to accuracy is to leave the shoulder there for headspace & not push it back too far. All the manuals give that advice and it is important.

    If some headspace on the shoulder and some on the rim, groups go to hell. So once fireformed, let them headspace on the shoulder that was created and all is well.
    I have more shoulder to work with than you will with the larger caliber. Go for it. You're a tinkerer type, right?
    There's no such thing as having too much ammo, unless you're on fire or trying to swim!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,951 Senior Member
    Yeah............pain in the BUTT!!!

    Sounds..........great.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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