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Got 38 Special ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 8mmman, Aug 11, 2013.

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  1. 8mmman

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    I do now got in the mood to crank out some today. Found a very accurate loading using Longshot. 7 grains behind a 125 JHP. Loaded up a little over 1,200 rounds.
     

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  2. gamestalker

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    8mmman, that is my long time 38 spcl. load. Seriously, I have been loading that combination for as long as I can remember, and I have to agree it is one super accurate, high velocity load. Although I have worked it up a bit more, it performs so nicely out of all my .357's. I wouldn't suggest running it through anything but a heavy framed SS cylinder wheel gun though, as it does push the pressure limits a tad.

    GS
     
  3. 8mmman

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    I'm using it in my 66 and 686.

    I'm using it in my 66 and 686. It is listed as a P+ loading and It performs like it is too! Really good load.
     
  4. david bachelder

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    "I do now got in the mood to crank out some today."

    I don't know what that means?
     
  5. ArchAngelCD

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    According to Hodgdon that load will generate 18,300 PSI and is in their .38 Special +P listing. I like HS-6 and Longshot for .38 Special +P loads. Both are very accurate for me.
     
  6. gamestalker

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    The Following Data Exceeds Published Maximums

    I too am running it through both of my 66's a -2 & a -5 in addition to a couple other heavy framed ported .357's.

    I've also got an HS6 load I like very much as well, but I personally feel like Longshot is some what easier to manage pressures with. I've worked up to a significantly heavier charge than the +P Hogdon load of 7.0 gr. without even the slightest sign of excessive pressure. I won't post that particular load, as I don't want someone to try and run it through a light framed or inadequately framed revolver with a load that is probably pushing around 21,000 psi, but I'm guessing probably more @ better than 10% over max. I'm pushing a 125 gr. JHP ( XTP ) to the 1250 fps range without much effort, and from a snubby 66-5. Out of my longer barrel Taurus 608, the same load is getting just over 1300 fps, and still as accurate as can be.

    GS
     
  7. Arkansas Paul

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that it means he was in the mood to load some .38 Spcl rounds. Just a wild guess though. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Reefinmike

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    I too have a 38 problem, I have 2,000 sized, primed and boxed up cases, 80 pounds of clean lead ingots and a mold fresh in from repair for a broken sprue plate screw... I casted up about a hundred bullets the other , bullets sticking badly in mold, couldnt get temps right, bullets coming out at .364... I got frustrated and gave up. I havent used that mold in over 6 months and Im using a new alloy. Going to do a little work on the mold today and give it another go tonight.
     
  9. Walkalong

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    I am running low on loaded .38 Spl myself. I'll have to get to cleaning brass soon.
     
  10. ArchAngelCD

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    I just checked the shelf and I have only 1 box of 50 left! :eek:

    I would say I need to get to work since I also have only 1 box of .357 Magnum and 2 of 45 Auto left. Not good... :eek:
     
  11. Walkalong

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    We have obviously been negligent. :)
     
  12. gamestalker

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    Yep, me too. Got lots of bullets, powder, primers, and tumbled brass ready to go. But I'm in the middle of moving, so it will have to wait until I get my new reloading room all set up in a few weeks. And I don't need the wife getting on my case about reloading when there is so much packing to be done.

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    You're right, I took care of the .38 Specials last night and the .357 Magnums tonight. I will remedy the 45 Auto problem tomorrow! LOL (and maybe some 45 Colts too)
     
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    "AAAAhhhhhh"
    They're all just mixed in a basket..... :eek:

    Sorry, my OCD would NOT allow me to do that.
    Everything in it's place and a place for EVERYTHING!
    Different colors = different calibers

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    The color thing is a good idea but I keep running out of boxes of a particular color. So, I gave up and rely on the label and the larger box that the full plastic boxes are stored in. "sigh" One of these days I will get better organized.

    I have loading sessions planned for several handgun cartridges but other gun stuff keeps getting in the way. :)
     
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    Every time I get my stuff out to load up 38 or 357, I end up getting sidetracked by something else. I did manage to pour up a goodly amount of bullets for the task, but they are sitting in a pan awaiting on lube and sizing.

    I have however sized and lube a few K of 45 bullets and some others in 41 and 44. Now to get them all stuffed into cases.
     
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    Should last a while.
     
  18. Walkalong

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    I have several hundred fired .38 cases in the shed and probably 300ish inside already tumbled and ready to load.

    But I am down to these as far as loaded .38 Spl goes.
     

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    I have 3800 in the queue ready to go....
     
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    Walkalong no cast bullets in 38? I dont think my 38 has ever seen jacketed bullets
     
  21. USSR

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    I did my part, I sent him some.:D

    Don
     
  22. Walkalong

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    lol. Shot those. (USSR casts some really nice bullets y'all)

    I do have a box of 125 Gr lead bullets and a partial box of LHBWCs waiting to load, just nothing lead loaded at this time.
     
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