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Has anyone worked up some reloading data for .357 XPB Barnes bullets (125 & 140 grain bullets)? I don't use Accurate Arms No. 5, 7, or 9 nor do I use Ramshot Enforcer (these are the only powders listed in the Barnes Number 4 Reloading Manual). I prefer Winchester 296 or H110 for my .357 since both of these work well in my 4" revolver and my Marlin carbine but I can't find any reload data for these powders. I've heard XPBs are too long for these high volume powders but I'm hoping I heard wrong. Any suggestions? (I know, I know, "use a different bullet" but I can't .... condor zone restrictions!:mad:). I posted this under "Handguns" as well.
 

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Double posting is not allowed on this forum. One of the rules. It saves bandwidth by preventing duplicate answers and makes sure all the contributions are in one place so nobody misses any of them. This forum is the correct place for load information. I will delete your duplicate.
 

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Hodgdon lists 22.0 gr with H110 and win 296 as max for 125 gr XTP.Ramshot lists 18.0 gr Enforcer with same bullet.16.5 gr Enforcer with Barnes 125 gr XPB.Hogdon shows 19.o gr H110 and Win 296 with 140 gr XTP.Ramshot has 16.0 gr Enforcer with 140 Sierra bullet.14.5 Enforcer with Barnes 140 gr XPB.You may be able to figure out a load using 296 or H110.I worked out a load with the 180 gr XPB for my .41 mag using win 296 powder.With the price of the Barnes bullets you may be money ahead to try the powdwers listed.I have found all the newer powders I have tried to be very good.Its a bit easier on your nervous system also.Using powders that have no data can be a little scary although I have done it on more than one occasion.Good luck and be careful.
 

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Barnes bullets are copper solids. This means the density is about 8.9 where jacketed bullets average around 10.7 to 10.9. This means Barnes bullets are about 20% longer for their weight. When you fill the space under them 100% with H110 or 296, QuickLOAD shows it's not enough to reach above about 25,000 psi. That powder doesn't burn well at that pressure, preferring to have enough to run about 30,000 psi or higher, so this may risk getting squib loads that stick the bullet in the barrel.

I would not want to be tasked with driving a stuck solid out of a bore.
 

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Good info.296 worked in my .41 because its a light bullet for the bore size and had enough room.I have found all the new powders to be excellent.The cost of the bullets used to work up that load easily exceeded the cost of a pound of powder.The Accurate powders are all excellent powders.Maybe its time to try some of the new powders.I have started using Lil Gun powder and like it alot
 

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Sorry, I didn't know. Thanks you your help and info.
 

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Good info.296 worked in my .41 because its a light bullet for the bore size and had enough room.I have found all the new powders to be excellent.The cost of the bullets used to work up that load easily exceeded the cost of a pound of powder.The Accurate powders are all excellent powders.Maybe its time to try some of the new powders.I have started using Lil Gun powder and like it alot
Yup, I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet (pun intended) and use Accurate powder. Thanks for your input guys.
 
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