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forgemonkey
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Post by forgemonkey » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:49 am

,,,,,for load data for the .38 Special 150gr. LRN. None of my manuals list any info specifically for the 150gr. LRN. Was given 4000 bullets and thought I'd try working up a load. And so far not having any luck on the Net.

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Post by charliemeyer007 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:30 am

So do you have any data for heaver lead round nose? Use that. Personally I like 3 grains of Bullseye or 3.7 of 231 with the 158 grain hard cast bullets.

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Post by Hawk Carse » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:38 am

You and your gun will never know the difference between a 150 and a 158 grain bullet.

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Post by forgemonkey » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:52 am

Charlie & Hawk ,,,,,,,,was leaning your way but was looking for various powders. Thanks, Gents ,,,,,,,[;)]

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Post by babun » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:03 am

150 or 158 no difference as long as it's lead, not jacketed. http://www.reloadammo.com/38loads.htm 158 grain LSWC or LRN (Semi-Wad, Rnd. Nose or flat point) Bullseye 3.6 gr. 810 FPS Bullseye 3.8 gr. 869 Unique 3.5 gr. 697 (mild load) Unique 4.3 gr. 920 Unique 4.5 gr. 975 (actual in 7" bbl revolver) Unique 4.5 gr. 908 (5" bbl,powder UP) (Hi=930 Lo= 885.4 Spread=44.2 fps) Unique 4.5 gr. 797 (5" bbl,powder DOWN - see note) (Hi=879.5 Lo= 729.4 Spread=150.1 fps) Unique 4.9 gr. 938 Universal 3.5 gr. 756 (Cowboy load) Universal 4.5 gr. 974 Clays 2.8 gr. 812 (cowboy load) Clays 3.1 gr. 871 HP38 3.1 gr. 782 (Cowboy load) HP38 3.7 gr. 834 No. 2 4.0 gr. 756 (published load) No. 2 3.6 gr. 808 (in 7" bbl) hi=849 lo=728 ES=122 (powder up and down) No. 2 3.2 gr. 725 (in 7" bbl) hi=770 lo=679 ES=91 (powder up and down) No. 5 5.8 gr. 841 (published) No. 5 5.0 gr. 736 (in 7" bbl) hi=763 lo=688 ES=75 (powder up and down) No. 5 4.6 gr. 694 (in 7" bbl) hi=740 lo=648 ES=92 (powder up and down) No. 5 5.9 gr. 885 231 3.1 gr. 753 (do not use less) 231 4.5 gr. 830 (published MAX) 231 4.0 gr. 898 (actual in 7" bbl revolver) WST 3.7 gr. 770 (MAX) WAP 4.5 gr. 681 (published) WAP 4.3 gr. 752 (in 7"bbl)* hi=821 lo=684 ES=137 (powder up and down) WAP 4.3 gr. 734 (in 4 5/8" bbl)* hi=815 lo=637 ES=178 (powder in normal positions) WAP 4.0 gr. 658 (in 7" bbl)*(NOT recommended) hi=714 lo=549 ES=165 (powder up and down) *WAP is not best choice for .38 special, too slow and inconsistent. 540 6.8 gr. 880 VV N320 3.9 gr. 872 (published) VV N320 3.2 gr. 723 (in 7" bbl)(same in 4 5/8" bbl) hi=758 lo=693 ES=65 (powder up and down)(DO NOT USE LESS) VV N340 4.8 gr. 882 Zip 3.3 gr. 711 Zip 3.7 gr. 846 Competition 2.6 gr. 801 True Blue 4.0 gr. 772 HS-6 6.3 gr. 921 (hot for normal 38) PowerPistol 4.4 gr. 822 Trail Boss 4.2 gr. 872 Hi=886, Lo=861, ES=25 This is a Carolina Cast bullet SWC-great cowboy load) N32C Tin Star 4.2 gr. 856 start N32C Tin Star 5.6 gr. 1,004 max -----------------------------------------

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Post by Oakie » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:34 am

They list a 158 grain bullet. They have data for Unique powder at 3.3 grains, as a starting point, maxed out at 4.2. I would give some unique a try. My guns love that stuff. Win231 is another good powder.

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Post by forgemonkey » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:03 pm

Babun & Oakie ,,,,,,,,,[;)]

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Post by Sam06 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:52 am

I would use 158gr data like the other said.

I like AA powders and would run #2 or #5. They meter very well in my 550 and seem to have a very uniform velocity and are accurate.

3.2-4.0gr of #2

4.6-5.8gr of #5

700X is a great powder too, 3.2-3.7gr. I would weigh each load because I have had issues with 700x in a progressive press.

Are the bullets sized and lubed?
RLTW

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Post by forgemonkey » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:05 pm

Thanks, Gents ,,,,,,,

Sam06,,,,,,yes, they are sized and lubed.

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