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Whats the best load for 2.5 inch smith?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Caliber, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Caliber

    Caliber Well-Known Member

    I need a .38 target load for range plinking. Should I use Lead and is there a preference? Powder charge? I have HP38 on hand that I can start with. Correction it is a 2.25inch..
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  2. Bula

    Bula Well-Known Member

    Any 158g cast lead (rnfp or swc) over 4.2g of HP38 shoud do fine. I shoot alot of 2.8g of Bullseye under a 148g home cast full wadcutter. Either shoots fine from any .38 cal platform for me.
  3. TonyAngel

    TonyAngel Well-Known Member

    I don't have a 2.5" Smith, but do have a 2.25" Ruger. I usually shoot +P loads through it using 158gr LSWCs from Missouri Bullet Company. For leisurely plinking, Bullseye is hard to beat as a powder. HP38/231 is probably number two in that category. You can get lots of load out of a pound, that's for sure.
  4. Caliber

    Caliber Well-Known Member

    Tony, what load of bullseye do you use and thanks for correcting me it is a 2.25 inch barrel.
  5. Hondo 60

    Hondo 60 Well-Known Member

    You don't specify a lot of things in your question.
    J frame?
    K frame?
    .38 S&W or .38 S&W SPECIAL
    Is this a modern gun? or one from the 1920's?
    Is it an airweight? scandium? 1960's steel frame?

    All of these questions will impact a good answer.
  6. Caliber

    Caliber Well-Known Member

    Hondo, Thanks for pointing that out.. Its a S&W 637 38 +P airweight J frame fairly newer maybe a couple of years.

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