What all would I need to reload .38 Super?


December 31, 2007, 10:38 PM
I know there are several posts on what equipment is needed and so forth, but I was wondering if i could just get a quick answer as to what exactly would be needed equipment wise, and an approximate cost. Also I've read elsewhere that you can use various bullets for .38 super, does anyone know exactly what sorts could be used? Thanks in advance.

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December 31, 2007, 11:01 PM
WOw! What a question!
And you want a Quick answer?

How about this quick:
*$25-$40 for a reloading manual that will answer all your questions.
*$400 - $500 bucks for reloading equipment to do .38 Super properly.
*Any .355" dia. auto-pistol bullets your $25-$30 buck reloading manual says to use with the powder & performance level you decide on.

Sorry to come up short with you!

But I personally think this is a question best answered with much more preliminary study on your part.


December 31, 2007, 11:10 PM
No need to apologize, just wondering how much I'd be getting into :D Thanks as always for your help Rc, you have a safe and happy new year.

January 1, 2008, 02:50 AM
Unless you need really high volume, the Lee Classic Turret press and other basic equipment can be had for around $200 if you shop carefully.

Reloading is the only way to get the full potential of .38Super.


January 1, 2008, 04:02 AM
1. If you're new to reloading, a single stage press is more forgiving and easier to learn if you load in small batches. Go purchase a reloading manual if it doesn't come with your reloading kit.

2. Unless you shoot at a club where used brass is plentiful, you'll spend at least $.06 for used brass.

3. The 38 Super handload uses bullets under 147 gn under .356" dia. .357" and .358" dia bullets are not recommended. It's fun to see 95 gn .380 ACP bullets zip downrange at supersonic speeds. Nylon coated lead bullets work just fine in my pistol, though i'd suggest against softer lead cowboy bullets.

1. Used range brass: $.07 each
2. Small pistol primers: $.022 each
3. .355" dia bullets: $.08 to $.20 each
4. Powder charge: $.03 per charge
So if you're on a budget, shooting .38 super reloads start at 18 cents per round.

Compare that to a WWB store bought ammo cost of 33 cents per round.

Eric F
January 1, 2008, 09:11 AM
3. The 38 Super handload uses bullets under 147 gn under .356" dia. .357" and .358" dia bullets are not recommended.

Perhaps I have misread this but .38 super is a .356 dia jacketed bullet. you can get away with .355 jacketed bullets. I have never shot lead in one.

However to be sure after you get the gun have the barrel sluged to be sure of the size. I have personaly seen SOME barrels in .355 .357 and one time .358(shot out). the standard size is .356 though

When I got my gun I could find agulia for as much as it was going to cost me to reload it counting brass. So I bought a few thousand bullets for my brass prices have gone way up since then on all aspects of the bullet I would look for powdervalley inc for bullets. I use aa#2 for powder and winchester primers.

so here is the breakdown for what I do
primers-21.5-1k local pick up
bullets-74.5-1k(shipped) then but this is the price with out shipping now
powder-60.95 for 5lb local pick up
brass-no charge after first loading
using this site http://www.handloads.com/calc/loadingCosts.asp
it comes out like this
Handloading Cost Calculator
Cost / round $ .105
Cost / 50 $ 5.23
Cost / 1000 $ 104.53

January 1, 2008, 09:18 AM
Componets and setups have been posted. I have used thousands of both lead and jacketed bullets. I have used .356 and .355. My colt enhanced .38 super loves 124's 356's with a max load of AA#9. I never shoot max loads, however this super demands them!

January 1, 2008, 10:40 AM
Lee Classic Turret Press--$90

Lee powder riser--you will want this

Lee primer unit

Get a half dozen of these for the press, they will come in handy

Lee carbide die set--$25

Lee Factory Crimp die--$15

Reloading manual

scale--however much you want to spend.

Small pistol pimers
.38 Super cases--$15-30 per hundred depending on brand

bullets--I use .355, some use .356.

January 1, 2008, 07:36 PM
Actually i had another question. How do i determine what bullet's i'd need? I was looking at the barnes website, and noticed that they have no bullets in .38 super, yet at the same time Corbon DPX's are made from barnes. Do they just use 9mm, or is it a special loaded made and sold entirely to Corbon? I'm thinking i might want to use DPX's, so being able to work up a load as similar as possible would be nice.

January 2, 2008, 12:55 AM
They are the same as 9mm bullets, there is absolutely no difference.

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