One of the issues is that i cant find smokeless locally anywhere. I can find black and Pyrodex. I don't mind ordering bullets or shells, but powder and primers come with the Hazmat fee. Cabela's is the only place (that i know of) that carries reloading supplies. I'd love to reload smokeless, but i just can't find it anywhere.If I recall pyrodex doesn't react well to standard petroleum-based cleaners like those used for smokeless, you might check on that.
Pyrodex doesn't have the versatility to adjust for loads that smokeless does. Well, it does but it's not as simple as smokeless is.
Thirty eight special load info for pyrodex is not commonly found in most manuals. There are probably some cowboy action shooters that shoot 38 blackpower.
If I was starting out I'd probably use something like Unique that would work in alot of cartridges.
For someone getting started I'd keep everything simple at first.