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What's is your favorite 38 Super powder?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rbernie, Oct 7, 2012.

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  1. rbernie
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    Blue Dot and #9 are appealing because I can get both locally. Any VV would be a mailorder-only kind of purchase.

    Thanks very much, everybody, for the inputs.
     
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    Just some guidance.....

    I loaded up to 6.6 grns of Power Pistol with a 125 TCFP from Missouri Cast to 1.230COL, cci500 primer and a light crimp. My notes say good accuracy, mild recoil, need to chrono and work up more.
     
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    rbernie, Ramshot Silhouette is a very good alternative to V-V 3N37. They are very similar powders and Silhouette costs less. Check out noylj comments in post #4 again. Silhouette is a fine powder for .38 Super. ;)
     
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    Like Walkalong, I am also a big fan of VV 3N37 for hot 38 Super loads. It's not stocked by my local reloading shop, but they do order it for me when I want a few pounds. It usually runs about 30% more in price over the other major brands. Well worth it.

    I've had success with AA No7 as well. Not as fast as 3N37, but it is a better choice when trying to tune in a comp'ed barrel.


    Here's a link to a rather extensive 38 Super list. Unfortunately you'll see that it's rather dated, as some of the best powder is no longer on the market.

    Use at your own risk.


    http://www.k8nd.com/documents/hl38sup.pdf


    Also . . . remember to use Small RIFLE primers in those hot loads.

    I like Federal because they're soft enough to still touch off under a pistol's hammer strike, but stronger than any pistol primer and will contain the higher pressure.


    Brass? I absolutely love Starline's SuperComp. It does away with that silly semi-rim and the rounds stack better in the magazine. That wasn't out back when you were loading it 20 years ago.

    Confirm it with Dillon, but I'm pretty sure it uses the same shellplate as you use to load .223/9mm, and your regular old 38 Super Dies.


    Enjoy!
     
  5. Walkalong

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    I use the Starline SuperComp brass as well. I have to buy brass anyway, because I don't find a lot of .38 Super at the range. Great stuff.

    I use the 9MM plate for the LNL.
     
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    Great timing , as I just started to reload for the the Super after a 2 year wait on a pistol, ran some 130gr berrys over 6.7 of AA#5, very nice shooting load. Need to do a Widener's order so thinking of trying some Silhouette too
     
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    N105 puts 125gr XTPs into 357mag territory and keeps operating pressures under 33,350 psi according to VihtaVuori data.

    38Super125XTP-1491fps012.jpg

    I've found Federal small pistol primers work best with this load.
     
  8. Shimitup

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    I haven't had the opportunity to load much for 38 super, however I did make up a batch for my Dad's pristine Colt that he bought new in the early 50's. I used 8.4 gr HS-6 with Federal 200 primers under a Hornady 115 XTP. It seems that's near max in Hodgdons data but they seem pretty moderate and chrono at 1230 fps in this particular gun. It's a very accurate and pretty clean load.
     
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