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The first thing I think of is to use the same bullets for both. After all, when you're into pussycat .38 Special loads there isn't going to be much difference in recoil.

If the 125 has conventional lubricants the drawback to crimping in the bottom groove is that you will have lube exposed to pick up crud. You might also need to adjust the load up a bit if velocity matters.

I'm assuming that you have a lever action .357 and it won't feed .38 Special length ammo. Overall length is always an issue with lever actions and it might be easier in the long run just to use .357 brass for it.
 

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I don't think there is much concern over pushing the bullets back. If they don't do it when crimped in the top groove they aren't likely to do t in the bottom one. Just make sure you've got a nice roll crimp. Since the lube is a coating that shouldn't be an issue.

I doubt that you will need to increase the powder charge since velocity isn't a concern. My suggestion is to load 50 rounds and see what happens.

But you need to be sure that it isn't your fault either. It is easy to try to go too fast so first shoot with a slow deliberate stroke to see how they feed and then go faster.
 
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