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Old April 28, 2006, 05:56 AM   #1
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A .38 Special Question!

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I need a good load for the .38 Special. Here are the specifications:

1. I intend to use the 148 gr. HBWC--possibly Hornady.
2. The finished ctg. will be seated slightly below flush, with the case mouth rolled just a bit over the leading edge of the bullet.

This load will be used in a minty S&W Model 52-1. I'd love to get a good load with Clays, because that's the powder I use the most; however, I also like HP38 for my fast pistol loads.

So, fire away!
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Old April 28, 2006, 07:01 AM   #2
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I use 3.0 of 231 which is very similar, if not the same as the HP38.
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Old April 28, 2006, 09:37 AM   #3
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We just talked about Clays in .38 Special and the starting load is 2.5 grains in .38 Special WC.

You may need to fiddle a bit with that seating depth but not enough to affect pressure. The guys I shot with loaded flush or with the bullet peeking out just a hair. We're only talking a few thous.
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Old April 30, 2006, 08:06 PM   #4
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i load 3 grs. of bullseye under a hbwc seated flush with the case mouth... you might try that load to see how it functions in an auto......
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