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#202904 - 10/26/19 11:13 AM Range Report - 358 STA
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358 STA [Shooting Times Alaskan] Range Report

15-inch Encore .988? diameter barrel with Fish Gill Brake \ Burris 3x12 \ Warne Steel rings \ SSK 3 screw flat bottom forfend \ 1-14? twist \ Weighs 7.70 pounds.

Brass: Hornady 375 H&H
Primers: CCI-250
Bullets: Hornady 200 SP, Barnes 200 TTSX, Nosler 200 AB, Sierra 225 GK

Accuracy: Outstanding if I do my part

Powders:
A4350, H4350, IMR 4350, IMR 4831, R19, VV N160.
I?ve selected H4350 as it provides the best overall velocity with excellent accuracy.

Picture of my preliminary range work at 50 yards:


Velocity:Recorded by Lab Radar
Hornady 200 SP: 88.0gr H4350 = 2750fs used for sight in
Barnes 200gr TTSX: 88.5.0gr H4350 = 2845fs / 90.0 grains H4350 = 2895fs warm
Pet load = 200gr TTSX 88.5gr H4350 = 2845fs 1.5 inch high at 100Y
Nosler 200gr AB: 88.5gr H4350 = 2830fs
Sierra 225 GK: 86.5 gr = 2666fs / more testing needed

Picture of three rounds at 200 yards, my first shot got away from me to the right while the last two are spot on.


Brass:
Relativity easy to make using 375 H&H Mag. Layne Simpson designed this cartridge with the Remington 8mm Magnum as the parent, 375 H&H is easier to find.

Conclusion:
A bucket list caliber / cartridge now complete
Flat shooting with excellent accuracy
The weight of the Encore and fish gill brake really tame the recoil (love the SSK fish gill brake).

Good shooting
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#202905 - 10/26/19 11:19 AM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Buck_358]
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I?ve always wanted that cartridge.

Pretty cool.
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#202907 - 10/26/19 11:37 AM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Zee]
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OH Yeah,,,,, Good shooting. I can see why that Barnes and H4350 is your pet load. That combo should serve you well.

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#202908 - 10/26/19 12:12 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: cherokeetracker]
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Cool!
I would urge caution on trying to run it up to what one could do in a bolt rig.
Other than that, enjoy!
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#202909 - 10/26/19 12:38 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Ernie]
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VERY COOL, WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO HUNT WITH IT? SEEMS LIKE IT COULD DO MOST ANYTHING IN THE LOWER 48, AND EVEN BIG STUFF IN ALASKA.
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#202910 - 10/26/19 01:03 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: 45MAN]
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That is awesome. The 358 STA is a power house. I haven't heard anyone speak of that round in years.

Accuracy seems very good. You'll drop anything you aim at with that combination.

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#202912 - 10/26/19 03:03 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Brenden]
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Very impressive round with a lot of history. You certainly wouldn't have to shoot anything 13 - 14 times with that gun and bullet combination. #singleshotsrule
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#202913 - 10/26/19 03:31 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Franchise]
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Holy smokes! That is a stout round.

 Originally Posted By: Franchise
Very impressive round with a lot of history. You certainly wouldn't have to shoot anything 13 - 14 times with that gun and bullet combination. #singleshotsrule


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#202917 - 10/26/19 04:58 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Buck_358]
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Wow what a beast! Perhaps the coolest 35 caliber handgun I have seen. Enjoy shooting this hammer.
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#202922 - 10/27/19 12:48 AM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: billa]
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Just when I thought my 356 Winchester was impressive. Your 358 STA is very impressive. It should be about as good of Elk, Moose and Bear Medicine as can be had in a handgun. Looks like it is a shooter also.
On deer of any size, I would think the old Speer 180 and 220 would both work exceptionally well. I used both in my old 35 Whelen rifle years ago. They put deer down as if hit by lightning.
Keep us posted on your hunts with it.

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#202924 - 10/27/19 05:53 AM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Bob Roach]
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Truly outstanding!!!!

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#202928 - 10/27/19 10:09 AM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Bob Roach]
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Ditto what everyone else has said! That is one impressive handgun!
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#202935 - 10/27/19 08:23 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: JDK]
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Thanks everyone for all the nice comments, it?s a ball to shoot. It will see action in a few weeks, plan to start out with it for Indiana?s deer opener.
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#202962 - 10/28/19 08:23 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Buck_358]
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Good luck in the IN. season and report back to us.

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#203072 - 11/01/19 11:22 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: RSW]
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That's a definite beast. Looks like it can double as a club for when they get really close.
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#203089 - 11/02/19 05:20 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Chance Weldon]
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Thats a nice handful of gun.

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#203152 - 11/04/19 02:05 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: popo]
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buck, I know the STA is a big cartridge that`s been around for a long time and to be shooting it out of a handgun and get the groups you did deserves a well earned "good for you"...
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#203230 - 11/05/19 03:13 PM Re: Range Report - 358 STA [Re: Bob Roach]
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I used the old Speer 250 gr. Hot Cor in my .35 Whelen Improved on Colorado Elk for a number of years, and never recovered a slug. More recently I have been using the 250 and 225 gr Nosler Partitions for bear and large Blacktails. Average retained weight is 67%.
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