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Old November 27, 2007, 10:34 AM   #3
Slamfire
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Well I have some data for comparison. A “standard” target load in the 38 is a 148 grain lead Wad cutter with 2.7 grains bullseye. Mild and accurate. A factory equivalent, non +p load in the 38 Special is 3.5 grains Bullseye with a 158 Lead bullet. This kicks more but is very accurate.

I have data shot from different revolvers, of different barrel lengths. But it should give you something to shoot for! LOL.


S&W M66-2 4” barrel

158gr LSWC 3.5 grs Bullseye CCI 500 primers,
17-Oct-93 T = 65-70°F
Ave Vel =764
Std Dev =13
ES=40
High=776
Low=736
N =6

148gr LBBWC 2.7 grs Bullseye CCI 500 primers, Dillon Loads
17-Oct-93 T = 65-70°F
Ave Vel =704
Std Dev =18
ES=57
High=742
Low= 685
N = 6


Colt Python Stainless Steel, 6" Barrel

148 gr LBBWC 2.7 grs Bullseye 38 SPL cases CCI500 24 Sept 1999 T = 78 F
Ave Vel = 710
Std Dev = 18
ES 72.02
High 746.1
Low 674
N = 33
shot fine at 25 yards, no leading, light recoil



158 gr LRN 3.5 grs Bullseye 38 SPL cases CCI500 24-Sep-99 T = 78 F
Ave Vel = 771
Std Dev = 12
ES 35.9
High 792.6
Low 756.7
N = 6


Colt Cobra 2" barrel

30-Jan-05 T = 42 °F
158 gr LRN 3.5 grs Bullseye thrown, Fed 100 primers mixed cases

Average= 696.6
SD= 20.49
ES= 72.93
High= 745.5
Low= 672.6
N= 13

148 gr LWC 2.7 grs Bullseye thrown, Fed 100 primers mixed cases
30-Jan-05 T = 42 °F
Average= 606
SD= 18.19
Extreme Spread= 56.64
High= 633.1
Low= 576.5
N=32
Accurate shoots 6" high and a little left
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