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Old November 13, 2012, 02:47 PM   #1
Tennessee Jed
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Finally! Success with Lead!

I've been wanting to fire 158 grain LSWC in my newer 38 j-frames for a while. First, I started with a big box of Rimrock cast rounds that didn't cost much, and a mid-range load of Power Pistol (around 850 fps). Tons of leading from forcing cone all the way down the 1 7/8" barrel.

Thought maybe I'm not pushing the bullet (which has a BHN of 12) hard enough. Need more Power Pistol, I thought. Now I was shooting a +p level. Same amount of leading, maybe more.

I pretty much gave up and went to jacketed bullets. But that big box of unused semi-wadcutters drove me insane.

So, I thought, one last time. This time, I decided to go with a faster powder (Bullseye), and drop down to a lower velocity (according to the manual, should be around 750 fps). Shot it at lunch and HOORAY! After 50 rounds, just a very tiny bit of leading near the forcing cone. Should come out when I clean the revolver.

The ammo was very accurate, kicked a bit less, a whole lot cheaper, and I finally can shoot lead in my j-frames.

Now, to begin work on a good mid-range lead round for my 44 mag....Gonna start with some Badman 240 grain semi-wadcutters with a sane amount of Unique. Looking for around 900 fps for a classic "Skeeter Load." So glad I didn't give up on lead.
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Old November 13, 2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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Now, to begin work on a good mid-range lead round for my 44 mag....Gonna start with some Badman 240 grain semi-wadcutters with a sane amount of Unique. Looking for around 900 fps for a classic "Skeeter Load." So glad I didn't give up on lead.
Have shot a ton of loads made up of 7.0 grains of Unique, cast lead "Keith" type, home cast bullets. Good for plinking, small animals (for deer I would shoot much hotter), 99.9% of all my shooting with .44 Magnum.
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