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No load data for .38 spl +p and W231

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by JSmith, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. JSmith

    JSmith Well-Known Member

    I had planned to load some .38spl +p soon. I checked Hodgdon's online load data chart for .38 spl +p using W231 and there isn't any.

    I suppose if there's no load data shown, Hodgdon doesn't want me to use 231 for +p, huh? The problem for me is that 231 is the only powder I have on hand.
  2. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Plenty of 38 Spl loads. +P isn't that much faster, nor are the powder loads that much heavier, maybe .2 grains
  3. sellersm

    sellersm Well-Known Member

    231 seems awfully fast to use for +P.
  4. Reefinmike

    Reefinmike Well-Known Member

    my lee manual doesnt list w231 for +p loads, but it does for hp38. hp38 is the same exact powder as 231, just a different label and a black cap on the can instead of a blue cap. 125gr xtp lists 4.7gr starting and 5.3 max. 158gr xtp lists 4.0gr starting and 4.6 max.

    what type of bullet are you shooting?
  5. SHR970

    SHR970 Well-Known Member

    Speer 12 has data as well as the older Winchester manuals.

    As was stated earlier, for the most part +P is .2 grains over standard.
  6. StandingTall

    StandingTall Well-Known Member

    No, but it does list +P data for HP-38. Same thing
  7. J2FLAN

    J2FLAN Well-Known Member

    The Hodgdon`s reloading manual shows most all bullet weights for 38+P with jacketed bullets, useing HP38, as already said, its the same as W231.
    The Winchester manual shows the loads for 231.
    If you are shooting lead, load data is harder to find.
  8. Magnum Shooter

    Magnum Shooter Well-Known Member

    You could just load to max and not worry about squezing that last little bit out of them.
  9. Starter52

    Starter52 Well-Known Member

    I use a +P load of 4.5 grains of WW 231 and a cast 158 gr. LSWC bullet. It's a good load for the 50 yard metal targets.
  10. JSmith

    JSmith Well-Known Member

    Berry's 125-gr plated flatpoints.

    That's probably the way I'll go. My wife wants me to load some practice ammo for her that will feel like her +p self-defense loads. A max or near-max .38 spl load should work OK.
  11. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    For Berry's 125 gr FP bullets, how about 4.8-5.0 gr W231?

    1999-2005 Winchester .38Spl +P load data for W231


    Hodgdon load data for .38 Spl
    Current Hodgdon load data for .38 Spl +P

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    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013

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