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Mak .363 dia bullets in .38 S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Deaf Smith, Feb 20, 2011.

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  1. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Member

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    Guys,

    I just got a Webly IV 3 inch pocket pistol in .38 S&W. It was made between 1949 and 1951.

    I noticed Mak slugs are .363 diameter and .38 S&W are .361.

    Hmmm you think I can handload XTP 95gr Mak JHPs on my revolver?

    I have 400 of those slugs and it might be interesting to make ammo that way.

    Deaf
     
  2. GP100man

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    That or find someone that has a FAT 38 mold !!

    I have a 356402 Lyman that drops a .362 boolit that`s as close as I have

    But no sizer that big either .
     
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    Finding a mold that throws wide could be an option, though that might require some trial and error. Lyman and Saeco make sizer dies that will size down to .360". Personally I would probably opt to shoot the 0.001" under diameter slugs rather than 0.002" over diameter, but I doubt either would be unsafe.
     
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    If you cast you can buy proper molds.

    Some bullet makers will size them to .360 for you. Tennessee Valley Bullet sized some for me.

    I load 38 S&W for a couple of Smiths and an Enfield and I have gotten good results with regular .357 lead bullets.
     
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    148 gr, .358" HBWCs....

    Try some Speer 148 gr, .358" hollowbased wadcutters. I have a few .38 S&W revolvers* and they all shoot very well with the above-mentioned bullet. It seems that the hollow base opens enough to seal in the gases and grab the rifling just fine.

    * One's a Webley, btw.
     
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