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Reloading Procedure

357 Smith&Wesson Magnum Handgun Cartridge:
 The 357 Magnum cartridge and handguns were introduced to the public in 1935 by Smith&Wesson. The first handguns seen by the public chambered in the new 357 Magnum cartridge were sporting barrels of over 8 inches in length. This would allow the new cartridge to be viewed as far more powerful than the 38 Special cartridge from which it was derived.

 The 357 Magnum operates at a much higher pressure level than the 38 Special so the 357 Magnum cartridge case was made .135 of an inch longer than the 38 Special so as no mistaken loading of 357 Magnum cartridges in weaker 38 Special handguns. The 357 Magnum is very easy to reload and can handle many tasks, for the handloader this cartridge can be reloaded for plinking, target shooting, hunting and home defense.

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:
Handgun Barrel Length: 8 Inches.
Ammuntion Used For Ballistics: Hornady 140 grain FTX.
FTX: Flex Tip Extreme Expansion.

This is a ballistics chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Bullet diameter: .357 inch.
Bullet weight: 140 grains.
Bullet ballistic coeffecient: .169.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 1,440 feet per second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 644 foot pounds.
This is a bullet velocity chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Velocity:
1,357
1,281
1,213
1,154
1,060
992
fps.
This is a bullet trajectory chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Drop:
0
- 0.4"
- 2.1"
- 5.3"
- 16.7"
- 35.9"
in.
This is a bullet energy chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Energy:
572
510
457
414
350
306
ft. lbs.

Ballistics:
Handgun Barrel Length: 8 Inches.
Ammuntion Used For Ballistics: Hornady 158 grain XTP.
XTP: Extreme Terminal Performance.

This is a ballistics chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Bullet diameter: .357 inch.
Bullet weight: 158 grains.
Bullet ballistic coeffecient: .206.
Bullet muzzle velocity: 1,250 feet per second.
Bullet muzzle energy: 548 foot pounds.
This is a bullet velocity chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Velocity:
1,197
1,150
1,109
1,073
1,013
966
fps.
This is a bullet trajectory chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Drop:
0
- 0.7"
- 3.1"
- 7.2"
- 21.2"
- 43.6"
in.
This is a bullet energy chart for the 357 Magnum handgun cartridge:
Range
25 yds.
50 yds.
75 yds.
100 yds.
150 yds.
200 yds.
Yards
Bullet Energy:
503
464
431
404
360
327
ft. lbs.

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