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Old June 21, 2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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38 acp loads

OK some how I managed to delete my load data for 38 acp and I am looking for load data. Anyone have an idea where I can find some and or have any. This is going into a 1903 38 auto colt pistol. Manufactured in 1910. I would appreciate the help.


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Old June 25, 2011, 03:05 PM   #2
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That was a challenge. It took me a while, but it turns out that hornady has load data for it. Get a copy of volume 8. They have 2 full pages of data for it.

FYI there max unique with a 125 to 1.060 is 5.7 grns. With a 115 at 1.115 its 6.0 grns and at 110 at 1.100 it is 6.4 grns.

These seem about right to me, but get a manual and check me out.
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Old June 25, 2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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A friend of mine loads for it.

He uses 125-130 gr. bullets and low end loading data for .38 Special.

You have to be careful doing that, though, as the .38 Special is a longer case.
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Old June 27, 2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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The second edition Lee book has 38 acp and most of the other obsolete vintage gun loads well covered.(Do Not confuse with 38 super!!!)
The comparison of pressures between modern and obsolete was way beyond educational for me and some loads don't appear to leave much room for creative error in the older 32's and 38's.(by the way did anyone else notice how much the NEW REVOLUTIONARY Kimber SOLO looks like a chopped down re-cycled 1903/08 Colt pocket hammerless?)
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Old June 27, 2011, 03:24 PM   #5
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My copy of the NRA's Handloading (5th printing, 12/1992) lists 8 maximum loads for the .38 ACP:
110-gr HP, 4.8-gr Bullseye / 4.4-gr 700X
115-gr HP, 4.7-gr Bullseye / 4.8-gr Red Dot
125-gr HP, 4.5-gr Red Dot / 5.9-gr Herco
130-gr FJ, 4.4-gr W231 / 8.7-gr W630
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