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Old January 7, 2006, 07:03 PM   #1
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38 special load using universal & 140 grain cast

would appreciate a load to work from using hogdon universal and the Lee 140 grain cast swc bullet, I have a model 10 smith
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Old January 7, 2006, 09:50 PM   #2
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Use 158 grain data from your loading manual for starting points. Your velocities and pressures will be a tad lower than with the 158.

I have shot a lot of the Lee 140's in 38, some tumbled in liquid alox but most lubed with my home made lube. Good bullet and a great bullet to make really soft shooting and accurate paper punchers.

I did not like Universal with the liquid alox, it burned through the alox and leaded barrels terribly when loaded heavy enough to be consistent. Light loads were pretty inconsistent. Unique worked well for heavy loads, Clays and Bullseye both worked well for light loads. My home made lube worked better in all cases but Universal still leaded some, with the other powders leading was nonexistant and sparkling clean bores after 1500 rounds were all I ever have. Alloy was straight wheelweights water dropped.
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Old January 7, 2006, 10:39 PM   #3
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Waterquenched WW is way too hard for .38 Special pressures. Air cooled works fine. I shot 3.5 grains of Unique when I was using that bullet. Unfortunately, Unique does not meter well in that small a charge, so I eventually switched to ball powders.
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Old January 8, 2006, 08:43 AM   #4
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I water drop EVERY bullet I cast. For me it is faster, easier and more convenient. With a good lube and sized .001" over groove everything is fine.
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Old January 8, 2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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I've shot a large number of Laser-Cast 140gr. truncated cone .357 mag loads with Universal. Hodgdon told me to use their data for 135gr. lead bullets.

For 135 gr .38spl lead bullets and Universal, Hodgdon shows 4.1 gr. minimum and 4.6gr maximum (16,900 CUP).

I would think that 4.1 to 4.3gr Universal would get you off to a good start with your .38 specials.

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Old January 8, 2006, 12:57 PM   #6
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Thanks a lot for all the replies a lot of food for thought here
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Old January 8, 2006, 02:27 PM   #7
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140 Lee SWC

CAUTION: The following post includes loading data from out of date load manuals. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Neither the writer, The Firing Line, nor the staff of TFL assume any liability for any damage or injury resulting from use of this information.

I love that bullet in 38 & .357 mag. It was the first bullet mold I ever bought back in 1972 or thereabouts. I've tried a variety of loads with several powders, but Unique is my favorite for 38 or 357. 5 to 5.5 grain range for the 38 works very well & 8 to 8.5 for the .357. I usually used wheel weights but would ocassionally use linotype when it was available. Pure lino was a little too hard to suit me. The ww lead worked well for moderate velocity loads. My philosophy on sizing has always been to aim for bore size or slightly over (.001 over-max) just my personal preference.

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