June 5, 2006, 01:21 PM
CAUTION: The following THREAD includes loading data not covered in currently published data. Although the loads seem safe in my guns, I have no way of measuring pressure for them. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The High Road, nor the staff of THR assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.
Has anybody loaded blanks? I am trying to come up with a 38/357 load load that will break ballons easily out to maybe 20 feet. The catch is I don't want to use black powder. So far I have worked up to 7.0 grains of Titegroup with the rest of the case full of grits as a filler. The therory was the grits would be abrasive enough to give a little reach to the load. They will pop the ballon, but you have to aim a little more carefully than I was hoping for.
Has anybody else tried this?
Did something similar, using .44 and .410 shot cups to hold walnut media seperate from the powder. Use a butter lid punched out with a case and an agressive crimp to hold it all together. I'd imagine you could (since .410 shot cup wont fit in a 38/357) punch out some 38/357 butter lids and load powder, butter lid, grits, butter lid. Also, for a larger grain/ heavier grit, rock salt may work better.
June 5, 2006, 09:21 PM
Rock salt is a bad idea. A butter lid circle makes a lousy wad. It will turn sideways and allow the burning powder to liquefy the salt and spray it onto the inside of the barrel.
June 5, 2006, 09:59 PM
why not make it safe and use wax bullets...
drill out the primer, counter sink it the load a shotgun primer, melt some parafin wax...use a brass shell to make the wax bullet(about 1/2" deep)...add the shotgun primer NO POWDER put the wax bullet on...accurate to about 15 - 25 feet.....
no need to waste powder...can shoot inside in your basement if local codes allow it...
June 6, 2006, 11:58 AM
Why make it complicated...? Just prime the case (no need to enlarge the flash hole). Get some canning parafen (comes in 3" X 5" X 1/2" slabs). Warm the parafen (wax) until it is pliable (in the sun for a while is enough). Push the primed .38/.357 case through the warmed parafen (wax). Seal the wax slug with a match by warming the case mouth and whaa-laaa. Works well in the basment and the neighbors dog, too:D . Accurate to 15 yards in most cases. These were originally designed for fast draw artists so if they had a premature hammer fall they wouldn't blow their toes off...:D
By The Way...Use magnum primers.
June 6, 2006, 02:50 PM
I appreciate the answers. Rock salt sounds a little too corrosive for my tastes, but I like the idea of media. I'll try that. I had not considered wax bullets. I will probably try that too.
June 6, 2006, 04:14 PM
Rubber bullets are less messy than wax. Do a search on MidwayUSA for X-Ring rubber bullets. They're made in .357/9mm, .44, and .45 cals. There's also a guy on E-bay who sells hypodermic syringe thingies which work as rubber bullets, in 9mm and .40 cal. I have X-ring .357s and syringe .40 cals. Both are extremely accurate, capable of sub 1" groups at 7 yards.