Thread: 356 TSW Reloads
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Old 07-26-2010, 10:37 PM
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Default Spoke to Peter Pi by email

I emailed CorBon to see if I could get some information on their load.
I was pleasantly surprised when the responded immediately.

Hello Mr. Peter Pi,
I am an avid fan of the defunct Smith and Wesson .356 TSW Ammo.
I have six hand guns and a Marlin Camp-9 carbine chambered in this caliber.
I use your 124 gr. BHP's at 1450 fps and love them.
I also shoot the Federal Match 147 gr. and the Hydra-Shoks.

I was hoping to get some load data on your round.
I see it was the Speer 124 gr. Gold Dot Bonded Hollow Points.
And the rounds had 11.2 grains of powder in them.
But I don't know who the manufacturer of the powder is.
I have compared it to 15 different powders that I have, to no avail.
I would prefer to use the same power (or one similar) that you loaded these rounds with, they work GREAT.
Rather than going through the chronograph process with different powders.

I also contacted Starline Brass to see if they had any left but they do not have any anymore.

I've been reloading for awhile and also reload 10 other calibers;
9 m.m., 357 SIG, .40 S&W, 10 m.m., .38 Wad Cutters, .38 Special/Magnum, .44 Special/Magnum, .45 ACP

I'm in a little bit of a bind here with this.

Thank you for your help,

The reply;
While I'm a big fan of the 356 TSW ammo S&W did not produce enough guns to warrant keeping it in production. The guns were only available through the Performance Center. S&W was going to produce a factory production gun at one time, but that never materialized. We no longer have any ammunition or brass having sold out years ago.

I looked up the data on our old 124gr load and it was an OEM powder that was not commercially available to reloaders and has been long discontinued. The closest thing to it would be Accurate No 7. I would start with a charge weight of about 10.5 grains and work up to a max Charge weight of 11.3 grains watching for excess pressure signs. Hope this information helps you out.

Peter R Pi Sr
President & CEO
CorBon/Glaser Products
1311 Industry Rd
Sturgis, SD 57785
Ph 605.347.4544
Fax 605.347.5055
Dakota Ammo
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