I noted some of the issues with my revolver reloads. To illustrate what I am talking about, I have a picture.
The difference in bullet profile is like the difference between night and day. You can also see knicks and finish wear on the nose of the dummy rounds, indicating that the dummy rounds are hitting the extractor star or something else when being inserted into the chambers. When I do this with the live ammo, the LSWCHP, it doesn’t flow into the chambers like the dummy rounds, they just kind of stick there, maybe have a picnic, then go into the chambers. It is really hanging up my reloads. This is somewhat mitigated by running FMJ ammunition, but I can only do that for practice. In order to have an accurate assessment of performance I have to do at least some reloads with my chosen defensive ammo. Initially, that ammo choice was the Remington 158gr +p LSWCHP as pictured. I am reassessing that decision, and picked up a box of Hornady’s .357 Magnum Critical Duty to test. I chose this load b/c it appears to be pretty mild for .357 Mag, has a sealed primer amd case mouth, is probably super accurate like the rest of Hornady’s ammo, and has a nice pointy bullet to hopefully help on the reload.
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If you haven’t you may want to check out the A-Zoom .357 Snap Caps. They have a bit more of a truncated ogive rather than the round nose of the .38s. I use them because I carry .357 (Gold Dot Short Barrel – also a relatively mild .357 load) and was finding issues in both the difference in length and bullet profile.
That is a good thought and something I had not considered.