357 Herrett

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tdoyka posted this 2 weeks ago



i was going to with the 45 Colt in a 10" Contender barrel (either Bullberry, MGM or SSK) to hunt deer with next year. my dad (RIP) had a friend back in the '70s (it might have been in the early '80s) that had a TC Contender in 30 Herrett and he luved it. i was "thinkin":eek: that a 357 Rem Maximum would be great in a 10" barrel and then it hit me, 357 Herrett. i have about 400 pieces of 30-30 Starline brass (100pcs are for the 35/30-30) and i reform brass ('06 to the 7x57, 8x57, 9.3x57, 7.65x53...), which can be quite annoying, but i like it .the place i hunt deer is sorta close up, 60ish and under and i think i'll go with 2x scope. just like the 45 Colt, it will be a cast boolit only gun. i'll probably just size the 200gr RCBS fn gc to .359", but maybe i'll want something different, like a 180gr fn gc.

ok, now i am ready for comments and the Herrett and tell me that i need a 45 Colt or a 357 Rem Maximum.  

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45 2.1 posted this 2 weeks ago

Forming brass to 357 Herrett will be painstaking to get it right. The barrel needs a good snap to close right.... keep that in mind or you'll get misfires. Once you get the forming and loading procedure right, you will get sub inch groups at 100 yards and excellent kills with it. Go for it.

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Aaron posted this 2 weeks ago

#1   I would opt for Bullberry. Nice work!

#2   The 35 Remington is the best of all worlds for a 35 caliber T/C. Having said that, the 38-55 can arguably deliver a tad bit more punch BUT the barrels will come with a .375 bore and not a .379/380 bore. I would opt for the 35 Remington. All of the internet negative comments about the 35 Remington in the T/C are based on folks who do NOT know how to headspace a 35 Rem on its shoulder. It requires meticulous care when sizing the cases to maintain proper headspace in the T/C chamber. Once you fireform, neck size only to maintain dimensions. Easy Peasy.

 

 

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Ed Harris posted this 2 weeks ago

A .35/30-30 in the Contender is also a good choice and easy to load for.

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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Fitzpatrick posted this 2 weeks ago

I shoot the 357 Herrett and love it , I resize 375 win. or 38-55 brass and adjust dies to where the barrel just closes and very rarely get a misfire then neck size only , and shoot a 310 gr. paper patched bullet . even on first firing get 1 moa .

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tdoyka posted this 1 weeks ago

A .35/30-30 in the Contender is also a good choice and easy to load for.

 

 

i have a 35/30-30 in Win m94 and i love it. i had it done by JES Reboring and it was awesome!!!! he has my business.

 

i forgot, the barrel will be 10". 

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 1 weeks ago

a 38-55 has a lot of nostalgic appeal ... but really should use a custom reamer ... i miked an original 38-55 chamber casting just today and it has a 0.390 throat !! ...  can't bring myself to alter an original 1895  m94 tho ...  need to just wallow out a 37 mold to a 39 ...

ken

 

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Hornet posted this 1 weeks ago

   The .357 Herrett should work very well since it was developed for Contender use and usually loaded at lower pressures so it lasts a long time if headspaced correctly. 30-30 Brass is plentiful and cheap (pick-up brass can usually be found). 357 Maximum and .35 Remington brass is frequently pricey and/or hard to find. The .357 Maximum would probably be the better choice for an area requiring straight-walled cases for hunting.

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JimmyDee posted this 1 weeks ago



then it hit me, 357 Herrett.

 Let me know if you need dies.  I came by a set in a trade and have no use for it.

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Lee Guthrie posted this 6 days ago

My 2 cents.  I have all the above Contender/Encore barrels, and then some.

BUT, my favorite Contender deer hunting cartridge for woods ranges is the .375 Winchester.  Full loads using 265 gr Lyman/Ideal design cast bullets.  Accurate and very effective.  It would also be legal for those states that have a problem with bottle necked cartridges.  NO hassles with case forming:  just order from Starline.  My barrel does have a muzzle break, and even then you know you fired something.

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tdoyka posted this 6 days ago

my tc encore with a 23" MGM barrel in 444 marlin with a whole host of cast boolits will agree with you. i would take a 300gr fn gc that goes 1624fps and it would kill deer just as a 265gr Hornady fn with a max load, but without the bloodshot meat.

i hunt in swPA and there is no problem with bottlenecks. i have a 14" Contender factory muzzle break barrel that i just abhor. it was given to me by my dad (RIP) and i don't like the muzzle break!!!

 

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