Pistol bullets expand pretty fast so maximum speed pistol bullets might not give you great penetration. I also have a single-shot 35 Remington rifle and handload for my buddy's 357 Max Encore barrel.
Factory bullets loads perform very well in this caliber even in this shorter barrel. This question is almost like asking if you should get a 308 Win or 30-'06 Springfield barrel; in each comparison, the larger capacity cartridge will shoot the heaviest bullets in the caliber faster than the smaller cartridge.
The 200 grain Core Lokt at 2100 fps made her face from the eyeballs forward... The 200 grain Core Lokt at 2100 fps made her face from the eyeballs forward... While it would seem intuitive to use the rimmed version of the 35 Remington, formed from 303 British brass, that's not actually what I'm doing.
With Remington not playing nice by not selling the 200 grain RNSPCL for reloaders ( SHAME on them), the 357 max, with its handgun bullets has an edge in expansion at longer ranges.
So in a rifle, 24 inch preferred, which is the better round?
That makes the task of converting the brass over much easier!
It requires a different extractor setup/configuration, however.
The Whelen turns in pretty good speeds with Trail Boss and a 180gr Hornady SP, just under 2Kfps, and will get a 250gr SP moving fast enough to make it a very effective elk shooter out to 300yds, or a bit more.
I'm not a big fan of premium bullets in the Whelen, as most game bullets are pretty good as is, but the Nosler Bonded bullets are well worth the extra money.(If factory ammo is ever going to be a concern for you, that basically rules out the 357 MAX.) I have zero experience with the 357 MAX but years ago I hunted with my buddy who had a TC handgun chambered for 357 Herritt. I'll get a better idea on the 35's performance this year. I'll get a better idea on the 35's performance this year.This wildcat cartridge is formed by shortening a 30-30 case and enlarging the neck to accept 35 caliber bullets. My Savage 170B will hopefully get some blood on her. My Savage 170B will hopefully get some blood on her.From my limited testing, I'm very happy with the 200gr FTX bullet in 35 caliber rifles of this velocity.Make sure to discuss likely bullet weights and rate-of-twist if you're getting a custom barrel.I was using rifle powders like 4064 and pistol powders like Unique and 2400. rifle cartridge was awesome even I couldn't screw it up. __________________ Tim C My goal is not to be better than others, but to be better than I used to be.