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.38 spl. ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by knighthawk-72, Jun 16, 2013.

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  1. knighthawk-72

    knighthawk-72 Member

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    can you load .38 spl brass to .38 spl. +P data
     
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    Another "yes".
     
  4. beatledog7

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    Yes, but make sure the gun you're going to use can handle it. The brass is not the limiting element.
     
  5. Comrade Mike

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    Absolutely, the only difference between .38 special and .38 special +P brass is the head stamp.
     
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    Yup, but...

    if you're anything like me and are committing brass outside of regular parameters think about marking the heads yourself. I use various silver hallmark stamps or a set of English 1/16 inch number/letter stamps.
     
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    +P ammo is simply ammo that is loaded to the higher end of the SAAMI spec. Really, it's largely a marketing ploy. It seems that years ago factory ammo was loaded hotter than it is now. They started loading it milder and then came out with the +p designation. That's my take on it, anyway.
     
  8. Steve C

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    With the .38 spl and the 9mm Luger a +P stamp on the case is for load discrimination as the case for both pressure levels are identical. For the .45 ACP the +P cases have a thicker web and less volume than the standard case.
     
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    As stated, "yes", but make sure the firearm your using is capable of safely handling +P pressures. I load and shoot a lot of +P ammunition for 38 spcl. but I only shoot it out of my K frame revolvers.
    The brass really doesn't have anything to do with +P capability, it's always the firearm that handles, or doesn't, handle pressures.

    GS
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I thought in was the same but it is always better to be sure then taking a chance.
     
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    If you drop dead tomorrow, will someone be getting/shooting those +P loads? Will they know those loads are not generic (mild) 38 loads? Do they have a gun capeable of handling the pressure? Can you do it---yes you can---but should you?
     
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    Why not? Label the rounds as +P, there is no difference between a factory box of +P and handloads with a good loading label stating there +P.
     
  13. Comrade Mike

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    Unless you're carrying your reloads there's no much reason the load +P. some would even argue you don't need to carry +P ammunition. But to each his own. All my model 10 sees are midrange loads and they shoot beautifully.
     
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    I hope everybody labels and relabels the boxes they use to put reloads in. I know I do

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    Primer (brand)
    Powder (brand and gr wt)
    Brass (brand on headstamp sometimes once fired or whatever)
    Bullet (brand/type/gr wt)
    Sometimes velocity
     
  15. homatok

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    Headstamped??? or just a labeled box? If just the box what about loose rounds?
     
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    headstamping is a really good idea. I've had to take apart several bullets because 'I wasn't sure' of the exact load.
     
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    You can color-code them using cheap fingernail polish on the case heads or primers. (make sure you write down the key info) This is especially important if you load over-pressure ammo, like .38-44, or .45 Colt +P. You want to be able to tell at a glance that "this is something weird, I better go look it up before I shoot it" if it gets separated from the box.
     
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