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Old March 31, 2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Loading 38 Super Questions

Hey all, picked up a PT1911 in 38 super yesterday as well as some brass, I'm currently working with 115gr FMJ's with either Red Dot or Blue Dot. I would like to work up some super soft powder puff loads for new shooters as well as some accurate competition loads for my Tactical Shooting League and I had a few questions.

1. I have regular and +p brass, I know the +p brass has thicker walls so will the exact same loads work in both or do I need to compensate for the +p in my powder charge? Most of my brass (500+) is +p.

2. I have a 38 super decapping/sizer die on the way but it's gonna take 2 weeks to get here, but I already have a Hornady 3 die set in 9mm. Through my own research I've found that the expander and seater/crimp dies will work with 38 super but what about the sizer? I have removed the pin and spindle and tried a few and they seem to size ok all the way down. Can I use the 9mm sizer die or do I have to wait?

3. Does anyone have good recommendations for loads? I have not been able to find much for my combination of ingredients and the loads I did find had zero information to accompany them.

As always, I appreciate the help.
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Old March 31, 2013, 03:41 PM   #2
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Measure the water volume of each. I.e.
Weigh ten of each empty, weigh full, subtract. convert to volume, if desired.

Compare the avg of each 10. If more than a 5% difference, I would segregate..
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Old March 31, 2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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38 super is not only longer than the 9mm, but of a different shape.
9mm is tapered.
Wait for the correct sizing die.
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Old March 31, 2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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So. . . did I ruin the brass I already sized?
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Old March 31, 2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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It'll resize ok.
That's what brass does.
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Old April 1, 2013, 08:08 AM   #6
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In trying to get my Starline brass to hold jacketed bullets I neck sized some with my 9mm die. Worked OK, just kind of slow.
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