So I convinced a friend of mine to purchase a 358 Winchester BLR and we took it to the range with handloads that were constructed with my guidance. It sure does feel good to show somebody not only how to reload, but for their very first hunting rifle to be a 358 Winchester with a custom handload. The groups from this rifle were amazing, and the shooter did an excellent job of following instruction both at the reloading bench, and the Turnigan shooting pit (since Birchwood is closed on Mon.) The recoil of the rifle was very manageable, and the cases revealed no signs of pressure. This load is slightly over what the Speer manual recommends by 1.5 grains.
250 grain Speer Hot-Cor
46.5 grains Hogdon 335
.358 Winchester brass
CCI LR Magnum Primer (250)
Velocity: Estimated to be 2,400fps. from the 20 inch barrel.
There is still plenty of space in cartridge case for more powder, I must develop this into a +P 358 load. Hogdon 335 in half grain increments.........I'm sure I'll have enough space to nip at the heels of 60,000 PSI. After the hunt.......It's time to get this amazing load on a chrony. This load will definitely have potential to be called a "light magnum", and it will definitely approximate the power of a 35 Whelen in a 6.5 lb. 20 inch barreled rifle.
This friend will be accompanying me on my moose hunt with this rifle and load.