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Old August 23, 2002, 03:53 PM   #26
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That was fun! It actually worked! All 31 fed and fired flawlessly, and the brass made relatively tight groups on the ground. I also used a few of the Winchester white box ammo, which seemed to have slightly less recoil than my reloads. Thanks again!!!

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Old August 23, 2002, 04:31 PM   #27
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Since you're planning to reload .38 Special in addition to 9mm, try Hodgdon HP-38. It works well in 9mm and was made for the .38 Special.
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Old August 23, 2002, 11:31 PM   #28
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How 'bout Clays?

I hope you don't mind me positing my own question on your topic.

I must confess that I am a lazy reloader when it comes to my handguns (my .30-06 is a different story--I measure each charge, trim the cases, experiment with powders and bullets, neck size, etc.). For my handguns I like to find one load that works reasonably well and stick with it. I have been using Clays for my .38 Spl. reloads to good effect (although it is a bit dirty), and I plan to start using it for my .45 ACP loads as well. My question is this: What about using Clays for the 9mm (whenever I start reloading for it)? It's pretty darn economical powder.

Well, it's off to the reloading bench to crank out a few hundred .38 Spl. rounds before I convert the Square Deal B to .45 ACP, something I've not done before (wish me luck).

P.S. BTW, I have read so many posts and articles in the past about WW231 that I may have to break out of my laziness and give it a try, along with the new, cleaner-burning Unique.
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Old August 25, 2002, 09:25 AM   #29
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Your finding that plated and cast don't measure up to jacketed, how much of a difference are we talking? 2" instead of 3" at 25yds, or 2" instead of 5"?"

Yeah, I would say that we are talking about going from 2"-3" to maybe 5"-6". Like I said, it doesn't matter for most of my shooting. In fact the only time it is a concern is simply when I want to see if I can come up with a real accurate 9mm load. I shoot a lot of 9mm for IDPA and use the plated bullets. I don't think the accuracy difference in that sport is significant. I own a number of 9mm handguns and was thinking about having one of my Browning Hi-Powers tuned for accuracy. If I did this, I probably wouldn't shoot plated bullets. In everything else, I probably would.
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