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Good load for a 38/357 with w231

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 3leggeddog, Dec 8, 2010.

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  1. 3leggeddog

    3leggeddog Member

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    Hello, I was given a box of Rainier Plated 125gr Flat noise. Anyone got a "mid-level" load using W231 for the 38 Special? To get about 700 -800 Fps would 4.2gr of w231 be about right ?? What has worked best for you for a GOOD target load?
    A big thanks for your help.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    I do not believe 4.2 will get you there, but it should be a good place to start.
     
  3. GP100man

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    http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp

    231/hp-38 will get a bit sooty & a little erratic at 700-800 fps

    You`ll probably need to go to a faster powder , I have good results with CLAYS when going that slow ! & clays is less position sensitive !!

    Rainer says treat em as lead !!
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Clays is what I am using with the Berrys 125 Gr bullet in .38 and .357 cases.
     
  5. ArchAngelCD

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    I would think a charge of 4.6gr will get you closer to the velocity you're looking for. You may even have to go to the Max charge recommended by Hodgdon. (but work your way up and don't guess on the velocity)
     
  6. 1911Tuner

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    +1. If it's just going to be used for targets...unless you're figuring on 100-yard targets...work for accuracy and don't even worry about the velocity.
     
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    Tuner , very few do that these days !!!

    I have revolver rounds that get the job done & there not bunny poots or flame throwers & I still have`nt chronographed em & probably won`t as long as they do as good as they`ve done !!!
     
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