38 special bullseye 158 gr

I also find the LCR .357 enjoyable to shoot with all .38s and most .357’s. I know this thread is a little old but if you will permit me; are you guys using roll crimp or taper crimp on the revolver loads you mention? And I still think a 158 at 600 beats hell out of a 22 magnum of any stripe. [.38 Special] is a very versatile and useful round. I, like Spartacus, find the SAAMI recommendations an interesting spec for comparative purposes. 8.) Both are excellent fight stoppers.

Eventually somebody introduced me to tungsten carbide resizing dies, after which case life became near indefinite. 10. I'll throw in some hotter +P stuff for variety, but most of my 38 shooting is for target and competition.

. Last time we took it to the range, I was trying to cycle the old +P ammo to load standard Lehigh ammo, I fired one shot, put the gun down and cursed while shaking my hand. (function(d, s, id) {var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if (d.getElementById(id)) return;js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;js.src = "https://connect.facebook.net/en_EN/all.js#xfbml=1";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); by james r chapman on Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:29 pm, by james r chapman on Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:18 pm, by james r chapman on Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:26 pm, by Chris Miceli on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:22 pm, by james r chapman on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:25 pm, by james r chapman on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:27 pm, by Chris Miceli on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:39 pm, by james r chapman on Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:53 pm, by Rob Kovach on Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:17 pm, by Chris Miceli on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:03 pm. Oh, I practice with it. The 357 magnum about 45,000 psi and the std 38 special about 17,000 psi. Only the Model 60 sometimes have factory installed grips that are not worthless. a plated 200gr SWC in .45. Nice thing about reloading is that loads can be “tailored” for the gun that you are shooting. Not as easy to find brass these days as it is not the most popular round anymore. And for 99% of the actual real world needs of a citizen for self defense it will work just fine. It is easy to load in progressive presses and has commercially available options from virtually all modern manufacturers. Using a Colt Officers Model Match 6", good luck! Discussion in 'Reloading' started by gforester, Jul 2, 2011. Instead, I’ve favored things like the K and L frame Smiths (5 screw pre-model 10 and 686 in my case) and Ruger revolvers for higher round count activities. 357 Magnum – 35,000 and I use roll crimp over the bullet on Remington 148 hbwc's, but, I use them for PPC at 50 yds on in.. The stuff you learn shooting 20,000 reloads (on top of thousands of rounds of factory ammo) can be pretty interesting and I feel that I’ve got a very good picture of what the .38 Special. Although the .357 cylinders are the same length so they can be timed to a 642. It's small flake size makes for consistent metering but I dislike the fouling left on the gun and my hands. Seems like everyone is all orgasmic about bigger, faster, more of, etc. I’m still new to reloading, having done 2500 38 spl with bullseye. The cartridge offers a great deal of zest and has thousands of possible load combinations. I bought him as a gift a 642 with the black rubber grips, a few speedloaders w/big knob tops, and Hornady 125 grain FTX loads. When we old-timers read "Berry's," we automatically think. The beauty of shooting a .38 is that you can easily practice at the ranges you’d fight at using basically any cheap bullet at minimal expense. I dunno. When I say that there’s rarely a wrong way to do it, I really mean it. Required fields are marked *. Compac for my little finger to wrap around under the butt. I wanted a good carry gun that was light and reliable, so I decided that the .38 would fit and I just went with it. Xtreme offers a plated (and cannelured) 158gr 38/357 slug. I use 3.0 gr Bullseye and 158 gr LSWC bullets from Penn Bullets. Nosler Inc  |  Privacy  Use  Order Processing. One cool load I’m working on is two pellets of 000 Buck. I still think highly of the LCR but would shoot only 148 grain wadcutters in .38 Special or .32 H&R Magnums in the .327 Magnum model. Alliant listed 3.6 gr Bullseye as maximum (15000 psi) in 38 Special and 3.8 as max in 38 Special PLUS P (17000 psi)  with 158 LSWC bullets. My M60 came w/ factory “banana” grips- open back, long enough for pinkie rest but too small in girth behind the trigger guard. Come for the info, stay and make some friends.. We work hard to bring the best Glock Forum! Try. I make a habit of counting the number of reloads I make by keeping a tally of primer and bullet boxes. In my time with the cartridge, I have come to appreciate the mid to low end of the power spectrum and thus have made extensive use of Trail Boss powder and bullets such as Hornady’s .358” 158gr SWC.

The SP101 is far more comfortable to shoot but not so much fun to carry. I once had to quote the South Carolina Supreme Court when they had spelled it “loathe.”, Regards,

That for just a nice shooting load one can’t beat 148gr wad-cutter for pure fun. I'm not sure about the OAL I need to keep everything safe though. My guess would be “almost identical”, straight wall, not high pressure, definitely. This cast lead bullet is the old standby for the 357 Magnum and 38 Special. more weight than the similar size CA .44 Bulldog, were available, a lot more people would also like the .44 spl.

Currently using Titegroup, but started out with, and loaded many thousands of rounds, with Bullseye. I miss those days. Just shows the importance of trying/checking the “feel” of a gun and if possible, test firing it, before you buy it. Disclaimer, I own or owned all the “super” calibers out there except the casull, they’re all fun and quite useful in some scenarios, but dont discount the old timer. As our membership continues to grow we look forward to reading your stories and learning from your experiences. This bullet is a true Hensley & Gibbs 51. I have used a variety of powders over the years for 158 gr cast SWC .38 spl loads including Bullseye. The reason I love the .38 SPL so much is because it’s so elastic in function. 2.9 of Clays is soft enough and dead accurate at 50yds. What I learned after 50 years of shooting and reloading 38spl cases some where around 100 thousands rounds. 3.) The powder charges used for .38 are forgiving. 10 for a full cylinder. I really enjoy Trail Boss and use it extensively for plain lead and plated bullets. These grips seem quite comfortable and afford a “pinkie” finger rest for improved control albeit with a certain loss of concealability. I love a nice, full-size .357 Magnum on the range because it is so easy to train new shooters on. This gives excellent accuracy with a S&W K38 target masterpiece, 6" barrel. Mostly target ammo with 148 DEWC's, and 158 SWC's.

357 LCR in 3 inch variant. Reloading supplies and load recipes are available everywhere. Caveat: I have decided that I want to be prepared for threat scenarios that include stopping a terrorist or spree-killer (the odds of which I fully recognize is statistically zero). But I would only be caught dead with one in my hands if I had to use one for self defense (pun intended).

Mostly target ammo with 148 DEWC's, and 158 SWC's. View the SDS

This produces about 550-650fps from a 1 7/8” barrel and feels like shooting a very powerful .22LR. The .327 Fed Mag is IT!

Unique was a sooty powder so I’ve switched to W231. Power Pistol was alright with the lighter weight bullets though. So I expect recoil would be substantial and not very target-ish. whoops. Hence I carry a semi-auto pistol chambered in .40 S&W. are you loading .38 special brass, or .357 magnum brass? The .44 spl. Yeah no. I have tested lots and lots of different bullet and found them all to be great. Bullet seating depth is very forgiving. This gun now wears factory synthetic grips which are decent but could use more girth behind the trigger guard. Accurate, powder-puff recoil, and serious power all in one. IMHO .38 special is just fine for self defense, but just not enough to crack engine blocks.

I load it almost exclusively though with either a powder coated or plated 125 grn bullet. 32 S&W Long – 15,000 (This is prevalent among most aftermarket designs- they are smallest in the longest, strongest finger area, and largest at the bottom pinkie area.). I started reloading 38 special as my first cartridge 8 years ago when I was 22, soooo….I have an old man’s soul? Great article & thread!!! Totally agree. 3.4 gr of TiteGroup with either my cast bullets or particularly with Zero swaged 158gr SWC. So . Anywhere from 3.0 - 3.5 gr. What sort of wildlife are you thinking would be a good application for this self-defense load? You need a .357 Magnum revolver if you want to try a 9MM cylinder.

Unsurpassed for .45 ACP target loads. It has been many years since I used a Lee Loader and a wooden mallet to reload 8mm Mauser. Hehe, back before Nick skimmed down.

Rookie, back in the day when I was reloading I went through a 3″ round butt L. Horton special model 24, a 4″ 24 and a 4″ 624. I did not chronograph them, but the 3.2 grn looks very promising. YMMV. However recoil will be the limiting factor especially for the short line. It is a very versatile and useful round.

I use 3.0 gr Bullseye and 158 gr LSWC bullets from Penn Bullets. I just got some clays which I heard was very clean burning compare to bullseye.

It’s just two lubed balls on top of each other with the top ball roll crimped just past the hemisphere. I completely understand the respect for the performance of the 327 Fed, but not being a big fan of the 357 Mag (or 38 SPL plus P for that matter) I haven’t been drawn to the 327. a plated 200gr SWC in .45, and yeah, they look a little odd! Reloading Information.


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