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AA#5 for .38spl

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MoreIsLess, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. MoreIsLess

    MoreIsLess Member

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    Any suggestions for a .38spl load with DEWC's using AA#5? The Accurate website shows 3.6 to 4.0 but there listing is for DBB (double bevel base). Mine are 148 gr DEWC solid base, not bevel base. I've always heard the loads are totally different for bevel base and no.
     
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    You should be fine.

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    I believe you are thinking of the difference in DEWC which is solid and beveled at each end, vs a HBWC, which is of course mostly hollow and only closed at the front. I bet that DBB bullet is the classic DEWC.

    What they list for DBB sounds, off the top of my head, like too much for a HBWC as well, so that also too leads me to believe it is a DEWC.
     
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    I think your right, I was thinking of hollow base in my OP. Thanks for clearing that up.
     
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    While I feel AA#5 is a good powder for .38 Special +P loads I think it's a little on the slow side for light wadcutter target loads. It's in the burn rate range of HS-6 and a few others. There are faster powders that will deliver better results with light target loads than AA#5. Please let us know how well those WC AA#5 loads perform...
     
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    Agree with ArchAngelCD, AA#5 is on the slow side for wadcutter loads.

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    I to agree with ArchAngelCD I use #5 in 38spl for max load 38spl and +p 38spl.
    But since you are using a bullet that occupies more of the cases volume it may work well.
    I guess the down side of using #5 for the DEWC is you may need to load it warm to get a good burn, but that is what I do with a cast BNWC
    for a SD load
     
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    Please explain what a "BNWC" is. I got the DEWC okay, but this one threw me. Thanks.
     
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    I use Acc#5 to load my 38 special I am using Remington 158gr JHP and I think 4.6grs. of #5. It is clean burning and shoot's a good group.
     
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    Button-nose Wadcutter
     
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    I ended up using 3.8 gr of #5 for the 148gr DEWCs\'s and I shot some nice close groups with it.
     
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    I yuse AA#@ for 148gr wad cutters and AA#5 for 158gr warm loads and for all my 158gr JHP loads.
     
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    I too, think AA#5 is a bit slow for LITE 38 Spls
    I use it for 45 Colt loads & my Tokarev.
    In the Tok, 8.0 gr under a Berry's 110 gr gives fantastic accuracy & velocity (1300+)

    Thanks for the definition of BNWCs.
    I didn't know what it was either.
     
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