Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Peakbagger46, Jul 28, 2022.
As I understand it, they are called wadcutters because the perfect paper circles they make in paper targets reminded people of shotgun wads. There has been a thread recently about 32 S&W Long shot loads; I don't have any idea if the circles cut by 32 wadcutters would be useful for making those.
Like you I recently discovered Wadcutters. I have shot .38’s for years and then a couple of years ago I bought a 500 round case of Federal Gold Medal Wadcutters and was immediately hooked.
I have 2 loads I like with 148 grain HBWC.
2.8 grains of Bullseye
2.6 grains of W244 - light but accurate.
Both shoot POA with all my .38 shooting revolvers.
3.0 grains of Bullseye has a little juice and is still manageable in my J frames but not as accurate in all my guns.
But if you really want your socks blown off, try some in one of these...
I'd love to. Send that beauty my way and I'll give it a try.
I seldom hear about 44 caliber WCs but I bet they would be the bee's knees in 44 special out of a Smith model 29 or Super Blackhawk.
There are two kinds (not counting plated vs unplated)...double ended wadcutters (DEWC) which you can load without concern as to which end goes into the case first and hollow based wadcutters (HBWC) which normally the hollow base goes into the case first. The HBWCs are sometimes loaded with the opening facing up by folks who think they make a good defensive load....I leave that discussion for another thread.
HBWCs are swaged vs cast thus cost a bit more.
The HBWCs are said to be more accurate by folks who know.....yet another possible thread.
Both are great to shoot since they leave such clear round holes on the target.
They have a crimp groove to leave a bearing band above the case mouth.
Too long for that M52 but I think they will fit a Super Conversion.
The Speer version is commonly called the Bevel Base wadcutter.
2.7 gr of Bullseye with 148 Gr wadcutter as I recall.
I’ve shot thousands of those.
I home cast 148 grain wadcutters with a 6-cavity Lee Mold for plinking and concealed carry. The bullets drop from the mold very easily. For plinking I load the old standard: 2.7 grains of Bullseye. Yesterday I tested the wadcutters in my S&W 60 no dash with 4.5 grains of Unique. This load bounced nicely enough during recoil.
10 yards, seated, elbows rested, single action. (Gotta eliminate as much of the shaky old man as possible during an accuracy test.) This is good enough for me to carry routinely.
Photo of the Alox lubed bullets and .38 Special cartridges. The stuff in the lube grooves is Alox and cornstarch, which I apply to the freshly lubed bullets to eliminate stickiness. I can load them immediately.
How about for Semiautos?
Haven't really looked into these bullets before, but I like the idea of those crisp, circular holes.
Years ago in American Rifleman I saw a picture of a pre-WWII 22 wadcutter, be fun to have those today.
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