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Old 03-14-2015, 04:17 PM
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I have a 356win. What I would like to know is just what the bullet dieameter is Ihave some 35 rem bullets rn 200gr. I love this gun but @ 60.00$ a box it is time to start reloading for it. I have the dies. So any one out there have anything they would like to share pet loads and what not thanks for any info.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:34 PM
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Are you sure that’s “356” in the cartridge’s designation? Closest I find in my Sierra manual is the 358 Winchester. The 358 Winchester uses a .358” (though .357” works too) diameter projectile in a necked up 308 Winchester case. Sierra lists data using four different 158 to 180 grain .357” diameter handgun bullets then two more using .358” diameter rifle bullets, one a 200 grain RN and the other is a 225 grain SBT.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:35 PM
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The .356 Winchester uses the same .357" size boolits as the .35 Remington, the .358 Winchester cartridges, the .35 Whelan, and the .358 Norma magnum (to name a few).


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Old 03-14-2015, 10:41 PM
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stamped 356 on the gun. so a 35rem bullet will work thanks keep it comeing.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:43 AM
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So there is a 356 Winchester, had to look it up. It uses a semi-rimmed version of the 308 Winchester case, same as the 307 Winchester other than neck size. The 307 and 356 Winchesters were developed at the same time and released in 1982. Their semi-rimmed case was also given a bit more wall thickness; both were intended primarily for use in lever-actions.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:47 AM
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Pet loads for .356

This is my $.02 input. I would purchase a loading manual and use the loading info. from there. Powder and bullet manufacturing companies spend a lot of time and money to give us good and safe loads for our enjoyment. Using other peoples loads could end up being very unsafe.

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Old 03-15-2015, 02:50 AM
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Visit Shooters Forum and see if anyone there loads for this caliber, but I agree, you need to get at least two reloading manuals and go from there. My two favorites are Lyman and Sierra manuals.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:23 PM
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Several of the load manuals do indeed have info on the 356 Winchester.
Is your rifle a Winchester?, or a Marlin?, I couldn't find one so I sent one of my Marlin 30-30's to JES http://www.35caliber.com/ to have it punched out to a 356
They do indeed use .358" bullets, same as all 35 caliber rifle rounds, you can use .357" pistol bullets, you'll NEED to keep velocity DOWN!, at rifle velocity's they may turn to shrapnel long before they get anywhere near the target!?
If you can find any?, the Speer #2439 .358" 220grn FN they are intended for use in the 356, the Hornady #3515 .358" 200grn RN is also a good one, the Remington bullets will be ok, they may be a little soft?, they are intended for the 35 Remington, they work very well in that cartridge.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:58 AM
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“Speer Reloading Manual #14” has data specific to the 356 Winchester.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:11 PM
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OP, is your rifle a Winchester or a Marlin?

The Speer manuals have the best data for the .356Win as they make two suitable bullets for it (their 220 gr is perhaps the best bullet for this cartridge).
Most of the other reloading manuals are nearly-useless for this specific cartridge.

The Hornady 200gr LE appears to be a suitable bullet, but IMO it was primarily designed for the more-modest 35Rem.

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I have done some reloading for my .356 Win (a Win 94 AE), mostly with the Speer 220 gr but also with their 250gr Grand Slam (with meplat added), a 250gr cast FP, and 158gr JSP's.
It is a neat cartridge and one I wish was still current.

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I would be happy to e-mail you a .PDF scan of the .356 Win section of the Speer manual that I use, feel free to PM me.

Best of luck,

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