.357 Remington Maximum is one of those cartridges which rolled out of the Remington factories with huge publicity. But when it came to acceptability by the shooter community, it did not match the expectations of the company or any other cartridge enthusiast. Remington launched the cartridge in 1982. It was launched for light weight bullets in the range of 180-grain to 200-grain which had to be shot at Magnum velocities. The cartridge, unlike many of its predecessor, was made specially for handgun silhouette competition. Though it also had all the required features of a hunting cartridge.
.357 Remington Maximum had an enviable flat trajectory and high speed. On this points, it scored over revolver cartridges. As per the Lyman Reloading book, a 160 grain bullet would shoot from a Thomson Center Contender 10 inch barrel with speed ranging from 1600 fps to 1750 fps. The speed would also vary with the use of powder. Mostly all manuals, including Lyman, recommend using rifle primers for .357 Remington Maximum. These type of primers help create high pressure required by the .357 Remington Maximum. Some competition participants prefer to use 180 grain WFN-GC bullet with this cartridge. The 180 grain, depending upon the powder, shoots at around 1550 feet per second. Many shooters tried to shoot sub 150-grain bullets at high speed using the .357 Remington Maximum. But the result was catastrophic. The bullets lost its shape and the barrel too was often damaged. Shooters who had also packed more quantity of powder suffered further losses by way of sand blast effect.
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