Good load for a 38/357 with w231


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3leggeddog
December 8, 2010, 08:24 PM
Hello, I was given a box of Rainier Plated 125gr Flat noise. Anyone got a "mid-level" load using W231 for the 38 Special? To get about 700 -800 Fps would 4.2gr of w231 be about right ?? What has worked best for you for a GOOD target load?
A big thanks for your help.

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Walkalong
December 8, 2010, 09:42 PM
I do not believe 4.2 will get you there, but it should be a good place to start.

GP100man
December 8, 2010, 10:32 PM
http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp

231/hp-38 will get a bit sooty & a little erratic at 700-800 fps

You`ll probably need to go to a faster powder , I have good results with CLAYS when going that slow ! & clays is less position sensitive !!

Rainer says treat em as lead !!

Walkalong
December 8, 2010, 10:35 PM
Clays is what I am using with the Berrys 125 Gr bullet in .38 and .357 cases.

ArchAngelCD
December 9, 2010, 02:27 AM
I would think a charge of 4.6gr will get you closer to the velocity you're looking for. You may even have to go to the Max charge recommended by Hodgdon. (but work your way up and don't guess on the velocity)

1911Tuner
December 9, 2010, 07:14 AM
work your way up and don't guess on the velocity

+1. If it's just going to be used for targets...unless you're figuring on 100-yard targets...work for accuracy and don't even worry about the velocity.

GP100man
December 9, 2010, 08:11 AM
Tuner , very few do that these days !!!

I have revolver rounds that get the job done & there not bunny poots or flame throwers & I still have`nt chronographed em & probably won`t as long as they do as good as they`ve done !!!

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