Load check


January 18, 2013, 05:43 PM
I am loading .38 special 125 grain Barry's flat point, 7.5 grains of hs6 at oal of 1.437 my reloading books say 7.2 max I think but shooting they don't feel to hot. Just let me no if this is an okay recipe thank you

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January 18, 2013, 05:44 PM

January 18, 2013, 05:46 PM
What (know)

January 18, 2013, 05:48 PM
If your gun blows up, it is too hot.

Seriously though, if you haven't worked up to that load, you should start at the minimum and work up. Theoretically that will ensure you have the opportunity to check for excessive pressure signs.

Just my opinion, if your gun is rated for +P, you should be alright, but you should still work up the load from minimum.

January 18, 2013, 05:50 PM
Well then my reply to that is, am I doing something wrong I'm still getting pretty dirty brass and they absolutely dont feel hot atall

January 18, 2013, 05:59 PM
What (know)
Try to be knowing. You have to know how to read to load. Reading is kind of linked to spelling. If it's a "care" thing well then there you go. good luck

January 18, 2013, 06:02 PM
Okay I have know idea what you are talking about, anybody else that can give me some useful advise

January 18, 2013, 06:06 PM
If you want hotter may I suggest .357mag. Not following a reloading formula is a little like self medicating with narcotics. "It'll be alright. I really don't feel high at all."

January 18, 2013, 06:09 PM
The Hodgdon website lists 7.2 gr as max for a standard pressure load, and 7.8 max for the +p load.

Your load sounds fine, provided your gun is safe for +p loads.

January 18, 2013, 06:10 PM
I'm trying to follow a recipe I've got different resources saying different things. I don't want a hot load, maybe some one could give me a starting point with those componenets

January 18, 2013, 06:18 PM

January 18, 2013, 06:28 PM
I use HS6 and in everything I use it for including 38 spcl, I haven't seen a dirty burn at all. I don't load plated bullets though, only jacketed and I normally load at +p levels, after working up of course. It may be that you aren't using enough crimp, or possibly have something to do with plated bullets and how they seal compared to jacketed?


January 18, 2013, 07:51 PM
Okay jhei the only info you have given is 38 sp 125 gr barrys F/P 7.5 grs HS6 and you got it out of some book? and then you ask what do you think? on the internet my best guess is you don't like your hands or face or life!

I don't mean to sound hard here but I've been loading 30 yrs, casting slugs, smokeless and black powder cartridge long range, not cowboy loads and long range muzzle loader 1000 yrd I want to tell you this go to powder manufacturing guide, forget the books that bullet manufacture makes and sells for 30.00 bucks or so and start understanding your gun strength is and what you have to learn your pressure signs are. This will make BETTER LOADER.
Just because the book says it dosen't mean its carved in stone chambers,bore ,head space, brass etc. will change everything.


Hondo 60
January 18, 2013, 11:55 PM
If your manual says 7.2 is max, why would you load 7.5?

You're exceeding the recommended max, are you looking for us to say that it's OK?

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