Plated bullet question for 38 sp.


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340PD
January 3, 2008, 09:35 PM
I thought I would give Berry's plated 125 gr Flat Point bullets a try in 38 special. They do not have a crimping groove. Do I roll crimp, or should use a taper crimp? My concern is having the other bullets move rearward in their cases during recoil in my snubbie.
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Ifishsum
January 3, 2008, 10:32 PM
Taper would be best to avoid damaging the plating on the bullet. A very light roll crimp (just barely there) would work fine IMO but your cases have to be trimmed to exactly the same length, otherwise you'll get inconsistencies - no crimp on some, and slight buckling on some.

joneb
January 4, 2008, 12:10 AM
I have loaded 125, 140 and 158gr plated for .38spl. My S&W M-10 has a 6" barrel and my S&W M-36 a 1.875" both are fixed sights and are regulated for 158gr bullets, the 125gr bullets shot 3-4" low at 10-25 yrds, the 140s about 2" low, the 158s shot POA.
At first I used a light roll crimp on the non-cannalured bullets this worked well when using faster powders like Bullseye and W231, slower powders did not burn completely with the light roll crimp. Then I found a taper crimp die at a gun show for $5 and use that now, it works well for 140, 158gr plated with AA#5, I still like W-231 for 125s but rarely load them.

Mark whiz
January 4, 2008, 12:14 AM
I've gotten to the point where I use a taper crimp on my plated .38 & .357 rounds. It just seems to work a little better for me.

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