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357 Magnum History And General Information:
Written by: Kim Lockhart, Copyright.

357 Magnum Rifle Cartridge:
 The 357 Magnum cartridge was introduced to the public in 1935 by Smith&Wesson and since its introduction its now being used in some light-weight carbine style rifles. The ballistics of the 357 Magnum cartridge normally reserved for handgun use changes dramatically in a rifle.

 While the 357 Magnum is no powerhouse cartridge for big game hunting, it is more than capable of taking white-tail deer out to about 75 yards reliably and smaller white-tail deer out to 100 yards. The bullet energy for the 357 Magnum fired from a rifle with a short 18 inch barrel at 100 yards can not be equaled by a 357 Magnum handgun with a long 8 inch barrel even at the muzzle.

 So where does the 357 Magnum carbine rifle fit into the whole scheme of hunting, for myself if I lived in an area where there were a lot of hogs and pigs that roam wildly, a nice fast handling 357 Magnum carbine rifle and handgun chambered in the same round would be the ideal hunting equipment needed for pig hunting.

Reloading Information:
Bullet Diameter: .357 Inch.
Maximum Case Length: 1.290 Inches.
Trimmed Case Length: 1.280 Inches.
Primer Size: Small Pistol.
Maximum Cartridge Overall Length: 1.590 Inches.
Hodgdon Reloading Data Center.

Ballistics:
Rifle Barrel Length: 18 Inches.
Ammuntion Used For Ballistics: Hornady 140 grain FTX.
FTX: Flex Tip Extreme Expansion.

This is a ballistics chart for the 357 Magnum rifle cartridge:
Bullet diameter: .357 inch.
Bullet weight: 140 grains.
Bullet ballistic coeffecient: .169.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 1,850 feet per second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 1,064 foot pounds.
This is a bullet velocity chart for the 357 Magnum rifle cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Velocity:
1,744
1,643
1,548
1,458
1,296
1,064
fps.
This is a bullet trajectory chart for the 357 Magnum rifle cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Drop:
0
+ 0.8"
+ 0.7"
- .2"
- 5.3"
- 15.6"
in.
This is a bullet energy chart for the 357 Magnum rifle cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Energy:
945
839
745
660
522
422
ft. lbs.


Rifle Ballistics:
.35" Caliber
357 Magnum

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