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.38 Spl and 158gr JHP

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MtnCreek, Feb 26, 2013.

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  1. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Member

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    I'm going to load some 158gr JHP's in 38 spl. I'm looking for a upper mid range load that'll be shot from 2" to 4" revolvers. I like HS6 for this, but I'm getting a little low on it and may try to use something else I have on hand.

    I'm thinking IMR 4756. It's a good powder in 40 and 45. I don't recall any big muzzle flash.

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    HP38. Used it before but was thinking something a bit slower would be better w/ a warm load and 158gr bullet.

    Longshot. I have some, but haven't fooled with it. I'm a little worried about big muzzle flash. Anyone know?

    I know it will be mentioned…I don’t have any Unique.

    Thanks Much!
     
  2. 627PCFan

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    Stay away from the longshot. If your not deaf after 2 rounds, youll most certainly be blind, and if your lucky your guns in 1 peice. IMO, its a pretty peaky powder.
    Used HS-6 in the past. Burns cleaner the hotter you go. Settled on AA#5
     
  3. MtnCreek

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    So Longshot won't be the best choice for a ported 2" barrel. :)

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    My favorite for 38 spcl 158 gr. JHP, is Longshot. It produces +P performance, and doesn't present any pressure issues in getting up there to that level.
    GS
     
  5. Walkalong

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    IMR 4756 is very position sensitive. Don't download it in this application.
     
  6. MtnCreek

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    Thanks for the heads up on 4756.
     
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    I agree HS-6 is best for what you're loading and Longshot will be closest to HS-6's performance in this application. It is louder than other powders but you should be wearing ear protection anyway. With 158gr jacketed bullet I get good results with Longshot in the .38 Special, .38 Special +P.
     
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