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#5946714 - 09/25/15 04:49 PM .38 Special and .357mag load data
Buzzsaw Online   content
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 11958
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Post your favorite loads for each. Especially looking for a Match Target .38 Special load.

Thanks!!! aim
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#5947181 - 09/25/15 10:19 PM Re: .38 Special and .357mag load data [Re: Buzzsaw]
GasGuzzler Offline
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Registered: 12/15/13
Posts: 2109
Loc: Cooke County, Texas
For .357 single action (read Ruger Blackhawk or Vaquero) use .358" 162 gr cast SWC with any good lube over 14.1 gr 2400, not too much more than noticeable crimp, and a CCI small pistol primer. Use RSP or WSP if needed in place of the CCI, no Fed and no mag primers.

I don't know what match target is but it sounds like something I'd use the above load for, not .38S. I've split more than one playing card edgewise at 21' off hand standing in the shade with above so I bailed on my .38S brass.

125-ish grains of lead and somewhere around 12 grains 2400 for the "special"? Don't quote that one it just sounds right.
Pass the gravy.

#5949345 - 09/27/15 06:16 PM Re: .38 Special and .357mag load data [Re: Buzzsaw]
hovercat Offline
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Registered: 08/30/14
Posts: 440
Loc: Pantego, TX
I load .38spl with 2.0 gr Bullseye over a cast Lyman 141gr button nose wadcutter. A very light load.
I started loading these so that my daughter would practice without flinching from recoil, noise or flash. They are now my favorite also.
Edit. Sizing is important. My Colt likes them at .357. Daughter's S&W will lead up unless at .358 I seat the bullets out about 1/8" so that I crimp into the first groove. Strong crimp with the dedicated RCBS roll crimp die.

Edited by hovercat (09/28/15 05:51 AM)

#5949921 - 09/27/15 11:37 PM Re: .38 Special and .357mag load data [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Registered: 01/19/12
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Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
148 gr cast wadcutter with 2.7--2.9 gr of Bullseye has been a recommended standard for match accuracy since the '70s.
The Greatest Enemy of knowledge is not ignorance,
it is the illusion of knowledge.--Stephen Hawking

#5950608 - 09/28/15 12:51 PM Re: .38 Special and .357mag load data [Re: Buzzsaw]
Strongbad Offline
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Registered: 02/04/10
Posts: 447
For 38's I use 3.2 gr. W-231 with 158 gr. SWC's, super light but it cuts out a ragged hole. For 357, I only run 125 HP's so I can't help you much for target/match loads but I use H-110 and it shoots very well.

#5951067 - 09/28/15 04:47 PM Re: .38 Special and .357mag load data [Re: Buzzsaw]
fishfree Offline
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Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 395
Loc: west texas
For plinking I like a load of 3.2 gn Bullseye under 158 gn lead semi-wadcutter


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