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newer to reloading....

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by browncoatdawn, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. browncoatdawn

    browncoatdawn Well-Known Member

    I am newer to reloading, and so far, only loading for 357 magnum and 44 magnum. I tend to buy the plain WWB ammo, and load the once spent brass. I have had very little trouble reloading since I take my time and tripple my tripple checks. The question I have is, today, when shopping, I picked up a couple of bulk boxes (100 rounds) of 38 special ammo. Right next to these were the Remington green and white boxes. It read 38 Special +p on the Remington boxes, and just 130gr fmj on the WWB. Now I will be using all this stuff in either a Taurus Tracker 627 or a Ruger GP100. Would the brass from the Winchester ammo be ok to load to +p pressures? I plan on shooting some out of my Ruger LCR 357 also, but not for carry, I will stick to factory ammo for that. Thank you.
  2. bubbacrabb

    bubbacrabb Well-Known Member

    The only difference in brass marked +p and not is just that it says that. It's the same brass. The manufacturer puts that on there so you don't fire it in a 38 that was not designed to handle +p loads. Load it all the way you want.
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    You can load new modern .38 Special brass to +P levels even though the headstamp doesn't say +P. Just make sure you shoot it out of a modern gun and use approved reloading procedures.. use a manual/approved loads etc.
    Happy shooting.
  4. browncoatdawn

    browncoatdawn Well-Known Member

    thank you

    I was wondering about the web for the primer. My dad told me that they used to make the webs heavier in the higher pressure ammo.
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    They are all the same now.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    If in doubt, compare the two by weighing the cases on your powder scale.

    If the +P case is heavier, it is heavier.

    With that said, the only differances I have seen over the years is, old Remington +P used to be thicker in the web kinda between standard .38 cases and .357 mag cases.
    And all GI military Remington .38 brass is much heavier, although it was loaded with a light bullet at very low pressure.

  7. browncoatdawn

    browncoatdawn Well-Known Member


    I have never seen any of the old GI cases, even sorting through some of my uncles old stock. sounds like it would be good for hot reloads.
  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    It's a given that with reduced case capacity, the higher the pressure. Be careful because what you say is true.

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