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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by rpgman, Jan 5, 2012.


  1. rpgman

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    whats a good 38 special bullet for target practice?

    My wife has a NEW Smith & Wesson BodyGuard 38 Special Revolver, and I wanna make some rounds for her to practice with.

    I have a 100 Hornaday XTP 110gr bullets I picked up cheap, but I still want something cheaper.

    Prior to purchasing the gun, she practiced with 158gr reloads at a gun range. She said the recoil was strong on those.

    I was thinking about a bullet and powder that would give her a soft load. I have Unique, BE, HP-38, and WSF, but I'm unsure of a decent bullet at a decent price for her to practice with.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanx,
    Greg
     

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  2. unclebob

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    What’s left of my record keeping I used 158gr. lswc using 3.8 of Accurate #2 or 5.6 of Accurate # 5.
     

  3. rpgman

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    thanks Bob,

    I was looking at these:

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cf...&prodTitle=Hornady Lead Pistol - .38 cal .358

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cf...&prodTitle=Hornady Lead Pistol - .38 cal .358

    http://www.natchezss.com/product.cf...&prodTitle=Hornady Lead Pistol - .38 cal .358

    But, I have never purchased any lead bullets and I'm unsure if that's a decent price.
    Greg
     
  4. varget

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    For years I have used a 148 gr. hbwc over 2.7 gr. of BE. You might also try to work up a load with unique as its' slower burn rate often transfers to less percieved recoil. Check your manual and try the starting load.
     
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    For sheer accuracy and very light recoil 2.5grs. WST w/148gr. HBWC will put them all through the same hole with no muss or fuss.

    If you want a bit more of a defensive load run a 158gr. LSWC over 3.0 - 3.5grs. WST.

    Either recipe is accurate, clean burning, and light recoiling. She'll love'em.
     
  6. Three-Five-Seven

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    The older chief's were regulated for 158 grain bullets. The newer ones (post 1965 ish) seem to be regulated for 125 grain bullets.

    Before spending on a lot of bullets, target the gun with some factory 158, 125, and 110 loads to see what the gun has been set-up for. Failing to do this will cause a lot of frustration for your partner when she tries to shoot well.

    Don't start off at a deficit.

    These small, light revolvers are strongly affected by different bullet weights and you will be way ahead of the game to use the bullet weight that Smith & Wesson regulated the gun for.

    Again, probably 125 grain. There are many good quality, inexpensive, lead bullets available in this caliber. I use, and like, Chey Cast and Bear Creek. But, again, there are many lead bullets available. Just figure out which weight and get a box of 500 lead bullets and start the press crankin'.
     
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  7. rpgman

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    Only problem is I don't have WST. :frown:
     
  8. unclebob

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    The lead 158gr lswc were always easy to find at gun shows. And then I started in casting my own and I stuck with the 158gr bullets. Even the jacket bullets I have are 158. I’m sure there were other reasons why, but 40+ years ago I don’t remember.
     
  9. creophus

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    I used 3.2gr of Titegroup under a Rainier bullet in 38spl for my first reloads. The recoil was VERY light. Don't recall the weight of the bullet right now, but I'll look it up in my notebook if you're interested.
     
  10. rpgman

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    yea sure, that would be great.
    Thanks
     
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    My favorite mouse fart load is 2.2gr of Trail Boss under 148gr lead WC. Just under 650fps and very soft and accurate.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nothing that $20 +/- won't cure. :supergrin:
     
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    This is my favorite load for use in my S&W Model 52 semiauto. I buy the Hornady bullets from Midway:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/28...8-grain-lead-hollow-base-wadcutter-box-of-250

    Midway also carries the Speer HBWC but they are twice as expensive.

    I used to shoot the same load from a Colt Python. What a terrific gun! I never should have traded it.

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    :wow::shocked::crying: The horror!
     
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    <table>
    <tr>
    <td>
    S&W model 640
    Speer 158gr. LSWC-HP
    Bullseye 3.5
    OAL 1.465
    Avg vel 700fps
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    <td>
    S&W model 640
    Speer 158gr. LSWC-HP
    W231 4.3
    OAL 1.465
    Avg vel 736fps
    </td>
    <td>
    S&W model 640
    Speer 158gr. LSWC-HP
    WSF 4.7
    OAL 1.465
    Avg vel 701fps
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    </tr>
    </table>
    Sorry Unique loads are too fast up in the 850fps range.
     
  16. jeb_ingram

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    I use Berrys 125gr DS FMJ with 5gr of Unique behind it for my 642. It's very light. I've batched loads at 1/2 grain increments starting at 4 gr up to 6.5 gr and the 5 gr has been my favorite.

    Just my 2¢
     
  17. rpgman

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    where r u purchasing them from?
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    Sportsman's Warehouse. It's a local hunting Bass Pro type store.
     
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    I've noticed that their in store inventory and on line inventory are not the same at times. The prices differ online from the store as well.