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Old 03-18-2012, 03:57 PM
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Default 160 gr Hornady JTC-SIL

Okay out of curiosity I had to buy them but have no idea what their intended use is.

#3572 38 cal 160 GR .357 JTC-SIL.

The books I have only give loads for 357 Maximum and 38 super auto at this weight and it is data for lead.

Can anyone tell me about these jacketed bullets?

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IIRC, it was designed primarily for handgun silhouette matches. The .357 Maximum was a wonderful idea, but it may have been to much of a good thing. I remember reports throats eroded and barrels wore relatively quickly when heavy loads were used.
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brucey is right on. They are intended for taking down steel targets out to 200 meters with a handgun. International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) was very popular back in the mid 80's. It is still shot in quite a few places. A 10" Thompson Contender in .357 or .357 Maximum could handle the 55 lb rams at 200 meters. The Ruger Blackhawk could handle heavy loads as well as Dan Wesson's. Too many of them would eventually make a S&W rattle. There was also the NRA Hunters Pistol Silhouette, with half size targets out to 100 yards. Normally loaded .357 were more than sufficient for them. I still have several boxes of loads in my stash loaded with the JTC-SIL bullets.
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You guys are right, IHMSA stuff. 357 Maximum is a HOT round - HOT like a blow torch. Another is the 414 Super Mag
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If you're looking to load those bullets you can safely use .357 Magnum 158gr FMJ bullet load data. The additional 2 grains will do no harm.
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Thanks to all. Just the info I needed!
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I load them as my "car killer" bullets. From a potent .357 load they will enter a car body if I need that while I am traveling.

I load the Hornady .41 and .44 FMJs in handguns that are carried in the woods or on horseback. They will penetrate any animal alive, and deeply.
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I bought a bunch of these on close out for $10/bx. They are great bullets, very accurate. What I like to use them in is a Marlin 1894-C with lots of Lil'Gun, enough so to get them up around 1900+. They work well on whitetails, and probably some other tough critters too. At that velocity, they will indeed expand some, but adequate penetration is without question.
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They also work great in my .357 Desert Eagle! Hornady's third edition page 348 has .357 magnum data for the 160 gr #3579 FMJ bullet.

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