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Old 05-05-2005, 10:30 AM
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Hunting Loads for a S & W Modle 10


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I have a 20 year old S & W Model 10 with 4" barrel. It is light and I would like to use it as a backpacking trail gun and as a back-up hunting revolver. What generally is the most accurate bullet weight for this revolver and what hunting load can I hand load up that would be with-in the pressure ranges and be most effective on game up to deer size animals? I was thinking of using one of Marshall's 160 gr. hard cast bullets.

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Geoff Massa
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Old 05-05-2005, 12:16 PM
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160 would work to appropriate ranges [say 25-35 yards] loaded to just about the top of the pressure scale.
I was going to suggest any 158gr. bullet rated for the 357, a keith bullet would serve you well.
Just understand the limitations of 38 special....it'll be a fine backpack gun, and also work well for rabbits and such!
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Old 05-05-2005, 07:51 PM
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I'd try 4.0 grains of Winchester 231 for a start with the Beartooth 160 grain flat nose. It's got a slightly larger meplat than most semi-wadcutters. EVen a +P load is pretty light for deer, as most consider the .357 Magnum minimum.

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Old 05-08-2005, 01:30 AM
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Top +P loads would be that 160gr bullet and 5gr Unique, 7.3gr of Blue Dot and 10gr of 2400. All for around 900-950fps. I've been using Blue Dot to good effect. That's about it for a .38. Truly not a deer gun, but if inside 20yd and fairly small...
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