Author Topic: Pet Loads for .38 Special?  (Read 2104 times)


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Pet Loads for .38 Special?
« on: April 29, 2015, 10:19:08 PM »
Got some copper plated double ended wad cutters - 148 grains (I think) and am working on some loads for the .38 Special.  Also some 125 grain HP.

Anybody got a pet load to suggest?


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Re: Pet Loads for .38 Special?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2015, 12:25:37 AM »
I'm using 3.5grs Unique powder under a Rainier 148gr Double end wad cutter, Federal 100 primers in Winchester brass. I don't have a clue about velocity but it can't be much. I'll guess something like 700'ps as a lead bullet per an old Lyman book shows 608'ps. The plated bullet should be faster. That works great out of several Pythons and a Smith Model 64-3 with groups one inch at 25 yds from bags.
For 125 gr Winchester jacketed HP bullets, 4.7 grs HP38 with W/W standard pistol primers. HP38 and 231 are the same powder, FWIW. Velocity is supposed to be right at 900'ps. I haven't run any of these thru screens yet. Accuracy is 1.5 at 25 yds from bags out of the Model 64-3. A cloverleaf hole out of a Diamondback at 25 yds using bags.