06-08-2005, 03:11 PM
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Old Town, Florida
.357 Max. in the NEF Handi-Rifle
Friends All.....We see a ton of data for the big bores, but little interest in the medium bores in these great little rifles.
I needed another NEF for testing at Dixie Slugs so I would not have to change barrels so often. I acquied a like new NEF from Friend John Anderson that has been rechambered from .357 Mag to .357 Max. Since I have been very busy testing the big slugs in rifled barrels, I have done little with the .357 Max.
This week I started looking at data on the Max. Seems like most people a trying to use the fast powders and light bullets.
After checking the powder capacity, I found that the case could take 25 grs of IMR 4227 and 25 grs of RE7 and would not have the powder compressed to any real degree (Remington brass).
After some thought, I felt this would be great for 180 gr and 200 gr jacketed bullets. Both have the crimp groove near the back for use in .35 Remington.
I loaded a series with the Speer 180 Spire Point and the Hornady 200 gr bullets.
With the Crony at 10 yards I got the following from the NEF 22" barrel:
180 gr @ 1870'/" avg
200 gr @ 1855'/" avg
There was very little variation shot to shot and both loads appear very accurate.
Overall a very nice set of loads. They could be pushed faster, but really why. My next project is to test some 180 gr hard cast lead bullets.
Both sighted in at 100 yards, still are not bad out to 200.
Just some thoughts.....James
Dixie Slugs of Old Town Hammock, Florida
"Home of the Dixie Terminator Slug"
Last edited by James Gates; 06-08-2005 at 03:17 PM.