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load data 380 95 gr lead

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rchery59, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. rchery59

    rchery59 Well-Known Member

    Hi , I'm very new here and to reloading. I'm currently loading for my sweet wife's kahr p380. I've been loading FMJ for her but just bought a bunch of 95gr rn from mastercast in PA . I'm planning on working up a load with W231(if I can get my paws on some) I have no real load data so my plan is to start with 2.5 gr and move up from there. The OAL can't be any more than .970 or the bullets touch the rifling. Am I on the right track? Anyone use these bullets before ? The only load data I have for lead is for a 90gr with OAL of .980. I just want to start safe and shortening the OAL is a big deal on the 380. If i can get a nice load worked up I'm gonna stock up on these , no one has and FMJ"s that I can find.
    Thanks in advance, Gerry
  2. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Well-Known Member

    I just got done loading up a small batch of cast 380's. Im loading up a 102 grain cast boolit with 3.0 grains hp38(231 with a lower price and different label). They give you that "factory feel" without any leading... Not fun to shoot out of a 10 ounce gun, but you need to know what you carry... right?

    my lee book shows a min of 2.9 and max of 3.2 for a 95 grain jacketed. that max will be safe for a cast, but as always, start low and work your way up. I was curious one day and I was able to get my tcp to reliably cycle with just 1.5 grains. it just dropped the brass a few inches away :). the 3.0 grain loads tend to send the brass into the stratosphere. I gave up on keeping track of my 380 brass until I get under 1,000. i only shoot 2-3 6 round mags a week to function test and keep fresh, so I see my 1,500 round can of reloads lasting a couple years.

    also- Welcome. PS- get out while you can!
  3. rchery59

    rchery59 Well-Known Member

    Well I gave up on the search for w231 and hp38(not a jug to be found locally) and worked up a load for unique . I started at 2.9 grains and OAL of .970 , they shot and cycled (just kinda popped out and landed at my feet), moved up to 3.1 grains and they felt much better, shot good groups and at 840fps are just right. Her gun doesn't like jacketed stuff under 900 fps, lots of fte's. All the brass just kicked over my right shoulder in a nice pile. Looks like I'll load em all up and buy some more. Never shot any lead out of her gun so it's all new to me.
  4. ssyoumans

    ssyoumans Well-Known Member

    With Berry's 100gr RNFB, I like 2.8gr of Bullseye or 3.2gr of W231, both run 790fps out of my P238. Can't say one is better than the other, both work well, both meter well.

    With a MBC 95gr LRN @ .975, 2.8gr Bullseye 800 fps, 3.0gr Bullseye gives 830 fps and 3.5gr W231 avg 883 fps, simulates Winchester PDX1's which avg 875fps.
  5. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    I like the replies guys the little lady is saving up for a p238 and Asked me if I would load for her.
  6. LivewireBlanco

    LivewireBlanco Well-Known Member

    Ditto for 3.2 gr of 231 and 105 gr lead. My Bersa loves them!
  7. WYOMan

    WYOMan Well-Known Member

    My pet load for .380, when I had one, was 2.2 grains of 700X. Accurate and clean. Worked well.
  8. rchery59

    rchery59 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys keep em coming , I loaded all I had with 3.1 gr of unique. But I'll order more and wait till some damn powder is available. I'm ready to try a different powder

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