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38 Special + Longshot = ???

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Ajax27, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Ajax27


    Aug 31, 2011
    Hey, just wondering if any of y'all have done any experimenting with this combination. The reason I ask is because I happen to have a box of 148 grain LHBWC's and a jug of Longshot, and that's about it haha... I understand how hollow base wadcutters can't be used for hot loads (due to deformation) and how Longshot doesn't work very well at low pressure, but does anyone have some load data or experience with it??
  2. greenlion


    Jul 25, 2009
    North Carolina
    I think you may have answered your own question. I've only seen it used for higher velocity loads, not slower target loads.

  3. CCV

    CCV Millennium Member

    Apr 3, 1999
    Houston, Texas
    I wouldn't use it with that bullet. Would probably be OK with 125 grain JHP's or maybe even 158 grain JHP's.

    I've personally not used it in .38 Special but it is an excellent powder for .45 ACP with 230 grain jacketed bullets.
  4. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    I tried some with 125 grain Golden Sabers, attempting to replicate the factory load. Out of my 642, the factory loaded Golden Saber +P's run around 950 fps. I didn't try very hard or very long with Longshot, but I was unable to attain that velocity. I used a CCI 500 primer, 6.6 grains of Longshot, and a 125 grain Golden Saber. I only loaded 5 rounds (yeah, I know) and my velocities were 848, 812, 800, 785, and 775. Beats the heck out of my as to why the spread was so big. In that same shooting session I chrono'd some Winchester 110 grain Silvertips. The velocities were 948, 942, 919, 906 and 872. Dunno. Anyway, had I went closer to the max of 7 grains of powder I might have been able to come closer to 900.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011
  5. CCV

    CCV Millennium Member

    Apr 3, 1999
    Houston, Texas
    Power Pistol is probably a better powder for the scenario described above.