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  1. 160gr Bayou (.358) .38 special cases V320 4.2gr Ave. PF 135 If ever get the inkling to run Major, I've found the following load fun to shoot with a nice healthy but fun kick: 180gr MBC (.358) .38 special cases V340 5.6gr Ave PF 172
  2. That could very well be true. At the time, I went with them as they were the only coated .358 bullet I could find in 180gr. Everyone else seemed to top out at 158gr. For the more available weights, I'm not an expert at all the options. Have enjoyed the MB so I can run a lower fps to be Major.
  3. Yes, that's what I was noticing. I've seen a few guys run the R8 at local matches, though at 35 oz. at a different level of "light" than the 327. Sorry to sidetrack from OP.
  4. Sorry, meant if you got a 327 would you get a longer barrel or run the 2"? Cheers
  5. Can check out Missouri Bullet Company also: http://missouribullet.com/results.php?category=20&secondary=8
  6. Would you get a longer aftermarket barrel? 23.1 oz would be sweet if run light enough loads so your hand can handle 100-300 rounds of rapid fire in a day.
  7. The 4 is good if you're gonna carry it in the woods, that's what I have on my 629. With the 4 inch you can sit down in the Jeep without the grips poking you in the ribs. Haha, yeah at competitions, when I go to sit with my 6.5" 929, I need to make sure I'm at the end of the bench or seat so it can hang off the side. That said, if I were to get a 629 not for backcountry defense but actual hunting, I'd seriously consider the extra inch of barrel...but don't want to divert too much. I could see for general use 4" and for competitions/hunting leaning towards the 5", though of course all is personal preference. Cheers
  8. Thanks for enlightening my ignorance, even a little. The coated bullets I use are supposed to be treated like lead cast in terms of loading data, but I'll double check with them. Thx
  9. Hmm...are you trying to get me in trouble with temptation to pick up another wheel gun?! A 5" 629 is already on the radar, but will resist.
  10. Looks beautiful. I tried out the wood at first on mine, but from pure practicality went back to the rubber, with a dremel to smooth out finger grooves. Yours looks way better though!
  11. I've also had good luck with Missouri Bullet Company: https://www.missouribullet.com/
  12. I've enjoyed: https://www.missouribullet.com/ They have a very good selection of bullets and I think it's the same Hi-Tek coating as the Bayou.
  13. Yes, I have zero interest in pushing any limits at the risk of damage to self or gun. So if there is the risk of the bullet not making it out of the barrel, then what changes in the Cowboy loads to avoid that same issue? For example, here are two loads listed on their site for .44 mag with the same V340 powder. The only difference I can see is the bullet type, but would the type make such a dramatic difference in min and max fps (300-400fps)? I'm ignorant on the nuances of bullet types they list, but is there that much of a difference or is there something else going on I'm missing? Personally, I'd plan on using the Missouri Bullet Company Hi-Tek coated bullets, likely in 240gr. They do have 240gr. recommended for "cowboy velocities" that are softer at Brinell 12 rather than the Brinell 18 they recommend for faster velocities. Here are some numbers from VV site: Standard .44 Mag N340 w/240gr JTC-Sil, Hornady bullet = FPS min 1175 max 1247 N340 w/250gr FPJ-Match, Sierra bullet = FPS: min 1119 max 1213 N340 w/300gr HP-XTP, Hornady bullet = FPS: min 997 max 1061 "Cowboy" N340 w/267 LFN bullet = FPS: min735 max945
  14. All very interesting about the powders. As I've got a good bit of the V320 and V340 I'm going to work through those first and then can experiment with the others IF I've got the patience or interest at that point. Likely I may just want to focus on training and shooting rather than fiddling, especially because at some point we'll exit this super wet rainy season and not have as much indoors time.
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