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Old September 20, 2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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Cas .38 loads

would like a good load for 120 gr lead bullet loaded in .38 brass at a .357 length.[would like to load only one shell for both lever rifle and pistols]new to CAS shooting will be using smokless powder HP 38,UNIVERSAL OR TITEGROUP

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Old September 20, 2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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Black powder loads are loaded with no airspace between the bullet and powder.

You can do this with just BP. Or with BP and a filler between the BP and bullet.

To get the load, measure the distance on your projectile from the bottom of the bullet to where you will crimp your case.

Mark a case below the case mouth with this measurement and fill the case up the line plus 1/16 for a little compression. Fillers can take a bit more compression if you want.

Personally, I don't care for fillers in my CAS BP loads. If I reduce the load, I use a felt wad or two.

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Old September 20, 2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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Since you're asking for smokeless cas loads, you should be able to get some recipes from the makers of the powders of your choosing. Be careful of interweb recipes. I use IMR trailboss.
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Old September 20, 2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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OOPS! I missed the "smokeless powder" part of the OP's question. My apologies.

When I shoot CAS with smokeless I also prefer TrailBoss.

Here is the latest load I made up for the wife's CAS matches:

Primer = Winchester Small Pistol
Powder = IMR Trail Boss 5.0gn
Bullet = Cast using Lee 356-120-TC 120gn
Alloy = Wheel Weights
Lube = TL LLA
Sized = as cast

Sorry again for the BP suggestion.
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Old September 21, 2013, 08:19 AM   #5
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crimping

do you crimp the cowboy loads
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Old September 21, 2013, 08:41 AM   #6
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I do. A fairly heavy roll crimp using a factory crimp die. Do the same with 45 colt.
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Old September 22, 2013, 10:23 AM   #7
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A 120 grainer in a .38 case at .357 OAL is not going to leave much bullet in the case.

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