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he .356 Win. never caught the fancy of big-game hunters, and production of Winchester and Marlin lever-action rifles chambered for it
lasted only a few years during the 1980s. The cartridge's unlamented
passing has resulted in a scarcity of both factory-loaded cartridges and
cases for handloading. I used to neck-out .308 Win. cases to assemble
rimless .356 cartridges, but they would slip out of the magazine and
jam underneath the carrier of my lever-action Winchester Model 94AE
XTR. So I single-load the cartridges into the chamber by hand, and that
works fine for shooting practice, although it is obviously slower.
Slow shooting is a thing of the past now because .356 Win. cases are
among the 450 handgun and rifle cartridge case offerings produced by
Quality Cartridge (qual-cart.com). I checked 10 of its .356 cases and
found that they varied only 0.60 gr. in weight and 0.005 " in length.
The only preparation they required was a slight chamfer to smooth
the inside of their mouths for easier bullet seating. I also found that
Quality .356 cases were 18.5 grs. heavier than Winchester .356 cases
and that they held one grain of water less than Winchester cases.
Speer 220-gr. Hot-Cor bullets give the .356 a big step up over the
.35 Rem. Velocity of the Speer bullets was 2281 f.p.s. fired by 49.0 grs.
of Winchester 748 propellant from the 20 " barrel of my Winchester
Model 94AE. That was about 50 f.p.s. slower than the same load fired in
Winchester cases. Standard deviation of velocity was 18 f.p.s. over nine
shots, and five, three-shot groups varied in size from 0.52 " to 2.32 " .
Thanks to cases from Quality Cartridge, the .356 Win. is back.
-JOHN HAVILAND, FIELD EDITOR

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BULLET: SPEER HOT-COR
220-GR. SPFN
56 Win
PROPELLANT: WINCHESTER 748
CHARGE (GRAINS): 49.0
PRIMER: REMINGTON 9½ LARGE RIFLE
CASE: QUALITY CARTRIDGE
CASE TRIM-TO LENGTH: 2.005 "
CARTRIDGE OVERALL LENGTH: 2.560 "
VELOCITY @ 10' (F.P.S.): 2281*
MUZZLE ENERGY (FT.-LBS.): 2,541
ACCURACY: 1.42 " **
USES: BIG-GAME HUNTING
NOTES: LOADS WERE FIRED FROM THE 20 "
BARREL OF A WINCHESTER MODEL 94AE
XTR WITH A 1:12 " RIFLING TWIST.
*AVERAGE OF NINE SHOTS.
** AVERAGE OF FIVE, THREE-SHOT
GROUPS AT 100 YDS.
TEMPERATURE: 50°F

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.356 Winchester

RECIPE

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WARNING: Technical data and information
contained herein are intended to provide information based upon the limited experience
of individuals under specific conditions and
circumstances. They do not detail the comprehensive training, procedures, techniques
and safety precautions that are absolutely
necessary to properly carry on similar activity. READ THE NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER
ON THE CONTENTS PAGE OF THIS MAGAZINE. ALWAYS CONSULT COMPREHENSIVE
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