.38 spl. ?


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knighthawk-72
June 16, 2013, 09:31 PM
can you load .38 spl brass to .38 spl. +P data

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flgolfer29
June 16, 2013, 09:44 PM
yes

zxcvbob
June 16, 2013, 10:10 PM
Another "yes".

beatledog7
June 16, 2013, 10:11 PM
Yes, but make sure the gun you're going to use can handle it. The brass is not the limiting element.

Comrade Mike
June 16, 2013, 10:40 PM
Absolutely, the only difference between .38 special and .38 special +P brass is the head stamp.

ApacheCoTodd
June 16, 2013, 11:48 PM
if you're anything like me and are committing brass outside of regular parameters think about marking the heads yourself. I use various silver hallmark stamps or a set of English 1/16 inch number/letter stamps.

kerreckt
June 17, 2013, 12:38 AM
+P ammo is simply ammo that is loaded to the higher end of the SAAMI spec. Really, it's largely a marketing ploy. It seems that years ago factory ammo was loaded hotter than it is now. They started loading it milder and then came out with the +p designation. That's my take on it, anyway.

Steve C
June 17, 2013, 02:40 AM
With the .38 spl and the 9mm Luger a +P stamp on the case is for load discrimination as the case for both pressure levels are identical. For the .45 ACP the +P cases have a thicker web and less volume than the standard case.

gamestalker
June 17, 2013, 05:39 AM
As stated, "yes", but make sure the firearm your using is capable of safely handling +P pressures. I load and shoot a lot of +P ammunition for 38 spcl. but I only shoot it out of my K frame revolvers.
The brass really doesn't have anything to do with +P capability, it's always the firearm that handles, or doesn't, handle pressures.

GS

knighthawk-72
June 17, 2013, 09:25 AM
Thanks for all the replies. I thought in was the same but it is always better to be sure then taking a chance.

homatok
June 17, 2013, 10:24 AM
If you drop dead tomorrow, will someone be getting/shooting those +P loads? Will they know those loads are not generic (mild) 38 loads? Do they have a gun capeable of handling the pressure? Can you do it---yes you can---but should you?

Muddydogs
June 17, 2013, 10:36 AM
but should you?

Why not? Label the rounds as +P, there is no difference between a factory box of +P and handloads with a good loading label stating there +P.

Comrade Mike
June 17, 2013, 12:34 PM
Unless you're carrying your reloads there's no much reason the load +P. some would even argue you don't need to carry +P ammunition. But to each his own. All my model 10 sees are midrange loads and they shoot beautifully.

Bruno2
June 17, 2013, 06:25 PM
I hope everybody labels and relabels the boxes they use to put reloads in. I know I do

Date
Caliber
Primer (brand)
Powder (brand and gr wt)
Brass (brand on headstamp sometimes once fired or whatever)
Bullet (brand/type/gr wt)
Sometimes velocity

homatok
June 18, 2013, 02:12 PM
Headstamped??? or just a labeled box? If just the box what about loose rounds?

Miss Stana
June 18, 2013, 03:20 PM
headstamping is a really good idea. I've had to take apart several bullets because 'I wasn't sure' of the exact load.

zxcvbob
June 18, 2013, 03:56 PM
Headstamped??? or just a labeled box? If just the box what about loose rounds?
You can color-code them using cheap fingernail polish on the case heads or primers. (make sure you write down the key info) This is especially important if you load over-pressure ammo, like .38-44, or .45 Colt +P. You want to be able to tell at a glance that "this is something weird, I better go look it up before I shoot it" if it gets separated from the box.

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