Also 158gr anything with 5gr. Red Dot works nicely.
Swaged bullets you should keep at 38spl velocities but most hardcast bullets are good to go for full power loads.
Not sure what you're calling hard-cast, but all
of my cast bullets can and do run at full-house load velocities, and I keep my alloy for them down pretty low to accommodate my HP's. So long as the fit is good, he shouldn't have much trouble running things up on the standard ladder development, should he want to punch things up a bit.