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Old October 26, 1999, 08:40 PM   #1
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I have been out of re-loading a while, but when I did hand-load it was magnum .357's. A friend asked if I could load up some accurate .38's, target weight, low recoil.

The cast bullet I have to work with is a 142 gr. SWC.

Any thoughts?
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Old October 26, 1999, 10:10 PM   #2
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Try 3.7 grains of Clays. You will have a bullet velocity of around 850 fps with mild recoil.

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Old October 27, 1999, 12:25 AM   #3
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I use winchester 231 with winchester small
primers,3.5 grains with a 148 gr.bevel base wad-cutter, a Lee tumble lubed bullet I make myself from wheel weights, very accurate and
very low recoil in my 6" GP-100,I use a light
roll crimp just at the last lube groove.
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Old October 27, 1999, 04:31 AM   #4
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I use 2.7 grains of bullseye.Very accurate with very mild recoil.
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Old October 27, 1999, 07:49 AM   #5
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Thanks much for the input to one and all.
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Old October 30, 1999, 12:10 AM   #6
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Make sure you understand there are different loads for the bevel base wad cutter (bbwc) and the hollow base wad cutter (hbwc). The bbwc will take a heavier powder charge than the hbwc.

Hope this helps, Mikey

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Old October 30, 1999, 12:31 AM   #7
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This is the closest thing I shoot:

Speer 148 gr HBWC over 3.1 gr of Win 231. Winchester or Remington primers.

I get 11/16" groups at 25 yds out of a S&W 6' Mod 14. Very mild recoil.
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Old November 2, 1999, 12:24 PM   #8
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I have some 148g cast lead HBWC I am reloading.

How far in do I seat the bullet? I've seen factory loads that sit almost flush. What's the overall length supposed to be? My (rather poor) documentation does not have this information.

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