Range Report 38 Super


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squarles67
September 17, 2011, 09:36 PM
Finally made it to the range today with some 38 Super loads. All were in Starline cases with Win small pistol primers. All were shot from a Colt Government 1911 with a 5" bbl.

Bullet Bullet Bullet Powder Powder Powder
MFG weight type MFG type charge Primer OAL Velocity ES SD
Hornady 125 HAP Alliant Power Pist 5.9 WSP 1.235 1122 10.83 6.08
Hornady 125 HAP Alliant Power Pist 6.5 WSP 1.235 1187 40.6 11.7
Hornady 125 HAP Alliant Power Pist 6.9 WSP 1.235 1275 46.77 13.74
Hornady 125 HAP Hogdgon Lil Gun 12.5 WSP 1.235 1133 83.99 29.13
Hornady 125 HAP Hogdgon Lil Gun 13.7 WSP 1.235 1125 102.4 36.94
Hornady 125 HAP Alliant Blue Dot 6.9 WSP 1.235 1089 131.7 41.18
Hornady 125 HAP Alliant Blue Dot 7.7 WSP 1.235 1211 180 56.07
Hornady 125 HAP Alliant Blue Dot 8.0 WSP 1.235 1258 89.86 28.93
Remington 130 MC Alliant Power Pist 5.9 WSP 1.233 1128 40.43 18.46
Remington 130 MC Alliant Power Pist 6.5 WSP 1.233 1162 5.59 2.44
Hornady 125 HAP Win AutoComp 5.9 WSP 1.235 1150 52.01 22.31
Hornady 125 HAP Win AutoComp 6.3 WSP 1.235 1231 69.95 20.56
Berry 135 PRN Win AutoComp 5.4 WSP 1.270 1051 80.17 23.04
Berry 135 PRN Win AutoComp 5.9 WSP 1.270 1115 71.81 22.58


I had high hopes for Lil'Gun for velocity but it didn't work out that way. Power Pistol really stood out as the performer in accuracy

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NCsmitty
September 17, 2011, 10:59 PM
Thanks for sharing your data, it's always interesting to see the comparisons and results displayed in an orderly fashion.



NCsmitty

SharpsDressedMan
September 18, 2011, 07:03 PM
Try Vitavuori N105 for top end loads in the .38 Super with 125gr bullets. They can approach CHRONOGRAPHED ballistics given for the Cor-Bon 125gr loads (I think around 1350fps). That powder is a little pricy, but for a batch of top end loads, just the ticket.

squarles67
September 18, 2011, 10:06 PM
I've been wanting to try some Vitavuori powders but have been reluctant because of the price. I may just have to bite the bullet and try some.

I did Chrono some Winchester factory 130g +p which ran 1156fps

BullfrogKen
September 19, 2011, 11:07 PM
I've used VV 3N37. It's clean, extremely consistent, accurate.


I've been just using AA No 7 lately. About the same performance, a little less in price.

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