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Favorite 38 S&W loads #15086683 07/27/20
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Anyone shooting a 38 S&W and what do handloads do you shoot?


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Very sad indeed...

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200 gr lead bullet, 1.7 grs Titegroup, Winchester cases, Federal or CCI small pistol primers. I shoot this in Webley and Enfield pistols.

In post 1910 Iver Johnson and Harrington Richardson revolvers its a 145 gr lead bullet, 2.2 grs Bullseye, Winchester case, Federal or CCI primer. I've loaded black powder for my oldest IJs to shoot a time or two.

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173 Keith/NOE unsized at .361, 2grs. Bullseye, Starline case and a small Fed. pistol cap.

I frame Smith



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Originally Posted by woods_walker
Very sad indeed...



What?

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Originally Posted by HawkI
173 Keith/NOE unsized at .361, 2grs. Bullseye, Starline case and a small Fed. pistol cap.

I frame Smith



I hadn't thought of that bullet, thanks

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A buddy had a very rare Regulation Police target in 38S&W, 4 1/8” barrel with adjustable sights. It came with a few old red boxes of Remington primed brass that was either copper or copper washed cases. He loaded some kind of 150gr cast bullets over a pinch of Bullseye.
It was one of the coolest S&Ws I’ve ever handled and I was supposed to end up with the whole package. Sadly he went and died on me and I have no idea what became of the little RP. I would really liked to have had that revolver.

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The memory is from the '80s, but it seems like a Speer or Hornady hollow based swaged wad cutter and Red Dot worked in a relative's High Standard. Soft HB bumped up to barrel diameter I presume.


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2.5 grains of bullseye and a 148 gr.Speer wadcutter have worked well for me in two 38 S&W’s


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Re: Favorite 38 S&W loads [Re: RemModel8] #15093929 07/30/20
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Looking for a light, accurate, confidence building load.

Are wadcutters the way to go?

Bullseye?

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Re: Favorite 38 S&W loads [Re: navlav8r] #15093930 07/30/20
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Originally Posted by navlav8r
2.5 grains of bullseye and a 148 gr.Speer wadcutter have worked well for me in two 38 S&W’s


Is that a swaged bullet?

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Originally Posted by Jim_Conrad
Originally Posted by navlav8r
2.5 grains of bullseye and a 148 gr.Speer wadcutter have worked well for me in two 38 S&W’s


Is that a swaged bullet?



Yes, hollow based.

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HBWC, 3.5g Bullseye was a classic target load back in the ancient days.


Sorry to put it bluntly, but this would be a much more interesting thread if you knew what you were talking about. Mule Deer (JB)
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Originally Posted by JDinCO
HBWC, 3.5g Bullseye was a classic target load back in the ancient days.



That's way too much for the 38 S&W.

Re: Favorite 38 S&W loads [Re: RemModel8] #15097054 07/31/20
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Originally Posted by RemModel8
Originally Posted by Jim_Conrad
Originally Posted by navlav8r
2.5 grains of bullseye and a 148 gr.Speer wadcutter have worked well for me in two 38 S&W’s


Is that a swaged bullet?



Yes, hollow based.



Either the Speer hollow base of flat base. I use the flat base and load it out about 0.2” with q light crimp in one of the lube cannelures. There’s a photo of one loaded in an old Speer loading manual IIRC.


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Do people not know the 38 S&W is NOT the 38 Special??? You could blow up a great and classic gun with the Special loads in the S&W!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be Well, Rustyzipper.

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Yep, brain fart thinking the special. Good reason to never listen to anyone on the net, especially me.


Sorry to put it bluntly, but this would be a much more interesting thread if you knew what you were talking about. Mule Deer (JB)
Re: Favorite 38 S&W loads [Re: woodmaster81] #15105865 08/03/20
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Originally Posted by woodmaster81
200 gr lead bullet, 1.7 grs Titegroup, Winchester cases, Federal or CCI small pistol primers. I shoot this in Webley and Enfield pistols.

In post 1910 Iver Johnson and Harrington Richardson revolvers its a 145 gr lead bullet, 2.2 grs Bullseye, Winchester case, Federal or CCI primer. I've loaded black powder for my oldest IJs to shoot a time or two.

Have you chronographed that 200gr bullet load? I'm curious what that old hog gets for speed in that wee case.


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