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38 spl loads

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Vossman, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Vossman

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    I just picked up a DW model 15. looking for info on loading 38 spl target loads.What type of powder is best for 38 spl,bullet wieght and how many grains are you loading at?Thanks for all the info guys.
     
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    If you're talking about traditional NRA target shooting at 25 and 50 yards a 148 grain WC is certainly the round that has been shot more than any other. If you prefer a heavier bullet in say the 160 grain range the SWC design also works very well... both cut very clean holes in paper.

    The SWC design gets the nod at ranges longer than 50 yards since the WC's won't stabilize and keyhole at the longer range.

    Bullseye is pretty much a perfect powder for low velocity target rounds but now there are so many powders out there you pretty much have the world to choose from. A fast burning powder will best suit your needs for target shooting.

    Probably the best manual for loading data on lead bullets is Lyman. For target shooting there is just no reason to shoot anything but lead.

    Jack
     


  3. Vossman

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    Thanks Jack that well work i have bullseye already.just wasnt sure on the grain of bullet i'll mostly be shooting it in a indoor range no more that 50ft
     
  4. Rinspeed

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    My favorite is a 148Gr HBWC over 3.0 gr of 231.
     
  5. GLShooter

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    I'm a hot rodder. I load 2.7 of BE or 3.2 of 231 for my PPC target loads.

    Greg
     
  6. srd

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    HBWC with 2.6 of 700x works great in my model 52 Smith.
     
  7. Vossman

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    I have a friend that uses unique. Seams like it takes more powder and leaves some behind also.
     
  8. gforester

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    I think that would be the Universal that was like that. :wavey:
     
  9. MoNsTeR

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  10. dudel

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  11. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    Roze has the 148 Gr. HBWC for $75.00/1000 shipped. Last order took two weeks to get to me even though they say 4-6 weeks.
     
  12. GOA Guy

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    The 2.7 Bullseye wadcutter load is the classic. Any of the swaged HBWCs will do the trick but, you should really try the Hornady bullet at least once. They are not the cheapest but IMHO they shoot more accurately across the spectrum of 38 special revolvers. In my older daughters S&W M52 automatic nothing else comes close accuracy wise. It also seems to me that Bullseye is a bit slower than it used to be and going with 2.8 may treat you better.
     
  13. Vossman

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    Thanks for all the info guy.it well for sure help & give me a good starting point.
     
  14. I took 100 rounds of 148 Grain HBWC plated bullets from Berry's to the range on Monday. Loaded over 3.0 grains of Tite Group. Very soft shooting and accurate from my Colt Python and S/W 19.
     
  15. MoNsTeR

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    I tried the Speers but the Remingtons shot better in my guns. Sucks too because the lube they use makes a horrific mess, whereas the Speers have a nice clean rimfire-style wax.
     
  16. Glock21sf-miami

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    I am using 5 gr of 231 pushing a 125 gr XTP JHP. It is a nice load, milder than +p...