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Load for 38 SPC Rainier 125 gr FP

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by altitude_19, May 18, 2010.

  1. altitude_19

    altitude_19 Active Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    So, I found out the hard way how hard this data is to come by. I'm guessing at least one of you has been in the same boat and managed to paddle your way to shore.
    How do you load your 38 Special 125 gr flat point PLATED bullets?
  2. cavuseeker

    cavuseeker New Member

    May 18, 2010
    I like Hodgdon powder, and in am in the process of loading a bunch of 38 with 125 gr Rainier bullets myself. I'm loading the older double strike (I think that's what they are called) and are jacketed bullets, so I load them as such.

    I usually load the minimum load listed, unless I am loading for a specific purpose (like making major for IPSC, hunting, etc). For practice, I load low or middle of the range.

    Rainier on their website says to load using lead loads. I suspect that the bullets are more substantial than that, and the caveat was crafted by Rainier's lawyers.

    My favorite Hodgdon powder is Universal, and if you go to the Hodgdon website and drill down to the loading data, it shows 4.3-4.7 gr for 125gr lead, and 4.7-5.2 for a Hornady plated bullet.

    So I'd say you would be good at 4.3-4.9 or so, but if you want to load higher, you might just load a few and try them out. Worst case is you might separate the jacket. Not sure how you'd know, but I'm sure accuracy would be affected.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Nov 20, 2006
    Here is some plated bullet info that may help. Be patient with the links as some are slow.

    You will not "separate the jacket" with the Ranier 125 Gr TrFP bullet in .38 Spl. It is a low pressure and low velocity round that just loves plated bullets. I shoot the Berrys 125 Gr TrFP because it is cheaper and shoots very well, as does the Ranier.

    I like Clays with that Berrys bullet, but Bullseye and AA #2 are two more universal favorites in .38 Spl. I run the Berrys 125 right around 875 to 950ish FPS from .38 brass and .357 brass. I use a light taper crimp.

    Ranier makes very good bullets. They have just priced themselves out of the market as far as I am concerned. I remember the "good ol' days" when they were just a little more than lead.

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