Cheap 38 bullets


March 16, 2010, 07:16 PM
Hey all, I am new to reloading and I am trying to make some cheap 38 spl plinking loads. My wife’s dad gave her an S&W M10 and she would like to start shooting it.

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March 16, 2010, 07:28 PM
Well the 38 is a cheap bullet to make. It is the caliber I load for. It cost less way less than buying them. The Model 10 is a fantastic shooter. Are you looking for equipment suggestions? Or load suggestions?

March 17, 2010, 01:12 AM
I like the model 10 also, I shot one alot as a kid, and the I shot a model 15 for years in the AF and I now have a model 65, it was my dad's service weapon. A side note I am looking for a model 29 to carry the back country.
As for equipment, my wife and boys chiped in and got me a rock chucker kit, (now I know I am loved!) I am trying to figure out a good plikner load, but as I have it figured most of cost of the round is the bullet and I was trying to find an inexpensive one to lower the cost per round some.

evan price
March 17, 2010, 04:13 AM
I load my own 38 specials with my own cast bullets. Total cost per box of 50 rounds is about $2.00 per box. Can't shoot .22 much cheaper.

March 17, 2010, 05:44 AM
This is a great company. They have great service.

If you do a search on this forum there is a link in Handloading and Reloading where they are listing a promotion code to give THR customers a 5% discount.

You ned to get you a manual. It will have all the data you need. Plus most of the powder makers have websites with data.

For loads, here a a couple of great plinking loads.

38 Spl.
158 gr. Lead SWC
4.0 grs of Winchest 231 (1750 loads per 1lb. of powder)
Any standard small pistol primer

44 Mag.
240 gr. Lead SWC
10.0 grs of W231 (700 loads per 1lb)
Any standard large pistol primer.

These are great plinking load. Nice to shoot and accurate.

March 17, 2010, 10:18 AM
I also like Missouri Bullets. If you place an order you will have them delivered within a few days, depending on where you are. They usually ship within a day or so of when you order.

I shoot their 148 DEWC over 3.2 grains of W231 (same as HP38) and 158 SWC over 4.0-4.2 grains of W231 in my .38s.

March 19, 2010, 12:20 AM
Thanks guys that is what I need a good starting point

Jesse Heywood
March 19, 2010, 04:20 PM
There are several good powders to use for 38 special. W231 is tough to beat. It meters great and burns clean. I have also had good results with Unique and Titegroup.

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