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.38 Special +P Load

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by StrikeEagle, Jul 18, 2004.

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  1. StrikeEagle

    StrikeEagle Member

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    Hi, Folks!

    About 15 years ago I settled on a load .38 Special. That load is:

    4.6 Grains of HP38, 168 Grain Cast Kieth Bullet

    It's been so long ago, I don't remember exactly why I started using this load. But it's for use ONLY in my .357 revolvers and lever action. (ok, I do shoot five or so every few years in my airweight J-Frame carry piece, just to make sure it still works)

    I've shot thousands of rounds of this load. It's accurate and kind of lively. But... I kind of wish I had been using a lighter load. This is a +P load, of course. Hornady lists 4.8 grains for my bullet weight and I'm under that. Anyway, what do you think... am I being needlessly uneasy?

    Advise, please. :)

    best,
    StrikeEagle
     
  2. Bullet

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    AS long as your under MAX loads and shooting in a gun that is rated for +Ps or more (357) you should be fine. HP38 I believe is a Hodgon powder. You can call them to make sure your load is right. Their phone number is (913) 362-9455 or contact them through their web site.
     
  3. stans

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    HP-38 is a Hodgdon powder and is the twin of Winchester's W-231.
     
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