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Old April 13, 2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hi all; ok all you smarties out there how does this sound? 5.0 grs unique 38 sp useing 158gr swc hard cast. is this a good mid range load ? thanks. howie.
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Old April 13, 2008, 09:14 PM   #2
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Howie,

It is a +P load.

I would drop down to 4.5 gr of Unique with that bullet for a midrange load.
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Old April 13, 2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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thanks for yor responce.
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Old April 13, 2008, 10:13 PM   #4
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Hi all; ok all you smarties out there how does this sound? 5.0 grs unique 38 sp useing 158gr swc hard cast.
Sounds hot and dirty (read: leading and fouling).

I've never had a lot of luck pushing Unique, especially with cast bullets.

Two best loads I've ever got for .38 Spcl in a 158 SWC has been 4.1 of W231 for basic target plinking and minor IPSC loads, and 4.4 AA#2 for handgun silouhettes. I like both loads equally.

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Old April 13, 2008, 11:12 PM   #5
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thanks all for your answers. useing 4.5 grs unique 158 grs swc in sp case in s&w 686. 83/8" 5.5 grs unique 158grs swc in mag case. a'm i on the right track? howie.
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Old April 13, 2008, 11:48 PM   #6
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Yeah, 5.5 gr of Unique will give you a pleasant .357 "moderate" load with that 158 gr cast bullet.

4.5 gr of Unique in the .38 Spl case will give you a nice, low recoil, plinking load in your 686.

BTW, I shoot a good deal of LWC in my .357's and favor Unique with those lead bullets. It smells funny, and is a little smokey, it gives me very good accuracy and the fouling cleans up easy with Hoppes #9.
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Old April 14, 2008, 12:35 AM   #7
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thanks DMZX looks like i'am on the right road. and thanks again for your info. howie.
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