Got 38 Special ?


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8mmman
August 11, 2013, 06:02 PM
I do now got in the mood to crank out some today. Found a very accurate loading using Longshot. 7 grains behind a 125 JHP. Loaded up a little over 1,200 rounds.

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gamestalker
August 11, 2013, 06:09 PM
8mmman, that is my long time 38 spcl. load. Seriously, I have been loading that combination for as long as I can remember, and I have to agree it is one super accurate, high velocity load. Although I have worked it up a bit more, it performs so nicely out of all my .357's. I wouldn't suggest running it through anything but a heavy framed SS cylinder wheel gun though, as it does push the pressure limits a tad.

GS

8mmman
August 11, 2013, 08:00 PM
I'm using it in my 66 and 686. It is listed as a P+ loading and It performs like it is too! Really good load.

david bachelder
August 11, 2013, 08:26 PM
"I do now got in the mood to crank out some today."

I don't know what that means?

ArchAngelCD
August 11, 2013, 09:42 PM
According to Hodgdon that load will generate 18,300 PSI and is in their .38 Special +P listing. I like HS-6 and Longshot for .38 Special +P loads. Both are very accurate for me.

gamestalker
August 12, 2013, 02:18 AM
The Following Data Exceeds Published Maximums

I too am running it through both of my 66's a -2 & a -5 in addition to a couple other heavy framed ported .357's.

I've also got an HS6 load I like very much as well, but I personally feel like Longshot is some what easier to manage pressures with. I've worked up to a significantly heavier charge than the +P Hogdon load of 7.0 gr. without even the slightest sign of excessive pressure. I won't post that particular load, as I don't want someone to try and run it through a light framed or inadequately framed revolver with a load that is probably pushing around 21,000 psi, but I'm guessing probably more @ better than 10% over max. I'm pushing a 125 gr. JHP ( XTP ) to the 1250 fps range without much effort, and from a snubby 66-5. Out of my longer barrel Taurus 608, the same load is getting just over 1300 fps, and still as accurate as can be.

GS

Arkansas Paul
August 12, 2013, 10:32 AM
"I do now got in the mood to crank out some today."

I don't know what that means?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that it means he was in the mood to load some .38 Spcl rounds. Just a wild guess though. :rolleyes:

Reefinmike
August 12, 2013, 01:29 PM
I too have a 38 problem, I have 2,000 sized, primed and boxed up cases, 80 pounds of clean lead ingots and a mold fresh in from repair for a broken sprue plate screw... I casted up about a hundred bullets the other , bullets sticking badly in mold, couldnt get temps right, bullets coming out at .364... I got frustrated and gave up. I havent used that mold in over 6 months and Im using a new alloy. Going to do a little work on the mold today and give it another go tonight.

Walkalong
August 12, 2013, 02:40 PM
I am running low on loaded .38 Spl myself. I'll have to get to cleaning brass soon.

ArchAngelCD
August 12, 2013, 02:49 PM
I am running low on loaded .38 Spl myself. I'll have to get to cleaning brass soon.
I just checked the shelf and I have only 1 box of 50 left! :eek:

I would say I need to get to work since I also have only 1 box of .357 Magnum and 2 of 45 Auto left. Not good... :o

Walkalong
August 12, 2013, 03:05 PM
We have obviously been negligent. :)

gamestalker
August 13, 2013, 03:28 AM
Yep, me too. Got lots of bullets, powder, primers, and tumbled brass ready to go. But I'm in the middle of moving, so it will have to wait until I get my new reloading room all set up in a few weeks. And I don't need the wife getting on my case about reloading when there is so much packing to be done.

GS

ArchAngelCD
August 13, 2013, 04:43 AM
We have obviously been negligent. :)
You're right, I took care of the .38 Specials last night and the .357 Magnums tonight. I will remedy the 45 Auto problem tomorrow! LOL (and maybe some 45 Colts too)

Hondo 60
August 13, 2013, 12:48 PM
"AAAAhhhhhh"
They're all just mixed in a basket..... :eek:

Sorry, my OCD would NOT allow me to do that.
Everything in it's place and a place for EVERYTHING!
Different colors = different calibers

http://www.jbabcock.net/guns/ammo.jpg

cfullgraf
August 13, 2013, 05:11 PM
"AAAAhhhhhh"
They're all just mixed in a basket..... :eek:

Sorry, my OCD would NOT allow me to do that.
Everything in it's place and a place for EVERYTHING!
Different colors = different calibers


The color thing is a good idea but I keep running out of boxes of a particular color. So, I gave up and rely on the label and the larger box that the full plastic boxes are stored in. "sigh" One of these days I will get better organized.

I have loading sessions planned for several handgun cartridges but other gun stuff keeps getting in the way. :)

41 Mag
August 13, 2013, 06:10 PM
Every time I get my stuff out to load up 38 or 357, I end up getting sidetracked by something else. I did manage to pour up a goodly amount of bullets for the task, but they are sitting in a pan awaiting on lube and sizing.

I have however sized and lube a few K of 45 bullets and some others in 41 and 44. Now to get them all stuffed into cases.

Magnum Shooter
August 13, 2013, 07:57 PM
http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g327/Wynn3/003.jpg (http://s1096.photobucket.com/user/Wynn3/media/003.jpg.html)

Should last a while.

Walkalong
August 13, 2013, 08:42 PM
I have several hundred fired .38 cases in the shed (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=186544&d=1374338581) and probably 300ish inside already tumbled and ready to load.

But I am down to these as far as loaded .38 Spl goes.

Match10
August 14, 2013, 12:10 AM
I have 3800 in the queue ready to go....

glockky
August 14, 2013, 09:13 AM
Walkalong no cast bullets in 38? I dont think my 38 has ever seen jacketed bullets

USSR
August 14, 2013, 09:30 AM
Walkalong no cast bullets in 38? I dont think my 38 has ever seen jacketed bullets

I did my part, I sent him some.:D

Don

Walkalong
August 14, 2013, 11:21 AM
lol. Shot those. (USSR casts some really nice bullets y'all)

I do have a box of 125 Gr lead (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=115026&stc=1&d=1265560315) bullets and a partial box of LHBWCs (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=115887&stc=1&d=1266446496) waiting to load, just nothing lead loaded at this time.

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