I have tried several different grips before finding the one that worked for me. 231 (+P)4.4 gr. Really interested in getting the. I would say I completely disagree with you on ever even contemplating using a revolver for self defense unless you are a person that has never owned a gun and not likely ever to practice with it. A 158 SWCHP at 850-875 fps from a snub. Something like the Ruger GP100 or S&W 686… yup, they’re the best caliber for those size revolvers. Titegroup 3.2 gr. 696 looks like today. 838 358430 (195 grain) round nose bullet that was used in the old 200 grain police loads as there is always interest in these. The average street punk today has more firepower than the Russian Army did in WWII and trying to re-load a revolver in a fire fight is the best way to commit suicide that I could ever think of. 973 2 4.5 gr. Always make sure your lead 768 Loads for .38 special: Zip 3.7 gr. If you haven’t taken a look at what the .38 Special offers, you’re selling yourself short. I’ve been shooting them for 50 years. W231 4.5 gr. 540 (+P) 8.7 gr. You gotta try the S&W M342 Airlight TI. 910* Zip 3.3 gr. 125 grain Lead RNFP or SWC Unique 5.3 gr. @ Grumpy- I tried LOTS of grips on S&W revolvers. hi=821 lo=684 ES=137 (powder up and down) Over 20,000 rounds, I’ve found that there’s rarely a wrong way to do .38 SPL. 5 are good choices. I find the Pachmayr Compac grips on my 640 reduce the slap of full-boat .357 to less than that on my 3″ M65 (w/ wood Altamont grips) or my 4″ 686 (Pachmayr Gripper Professional grips.) Universal 4.4 gr. Agree – Problem with the “J” frame S&W is the grips. And if you’re doing that with a snub….let me know… I wanna watch you shoot em. No more lead in the barrel or on my hands. Hmm. VV N320 3.2 gr. 736 (in 7" bbl) Thanks very much to LarryinTX for that! 720* 812 (cowboy load) WAP 4.0 gr. HS6 6.5 gr. It is always Not as easy to find brass these days as it is not the most popular round anymore. The powder charges used for .38 are forgiving. Universal 5.2 gr. Just shows the importance of trying/checking the “feel” of a gun and if possible, test firing it, before you buy it. 914 In fact, in the past I specifically sought out revolvers chambered in 38 SPL only, knowing I would never be putting a 357 Mag in it (I carried a 4″ GP100 chambered in 38 SPL as a duty sidearm in the early 90’s). I’ve loaded some wadcutters to the point of being flush with the case mouth and big lead bullets almost to the front of the cylinder. 2400 7.0 gr. If you have the means, I highly recommend you trying one out. (See note on Powders below or read all about various VV N320 3.9 gr. Two years into my second century a Colt MK IV Series 80 LTWT Commander 45 ACP still delivers the big medicine, but I have become enthralled with a new wheel gun- a Charter Arms Professional 32 H&R Magnum. 781 fps, hi=801, low=766 ES=35.32 in Contender 14" bbl In terms of thousands of rounds of range practice, though, that is a definite no-go in my book. completely in the .38 and is not as critical as the faster powders like And, oh yeah. HS6 7.4 gr. It’s just two lubed balls on top of each other with the top ball roll crimped just past the hemisphere. Maybe it’s just me, but having that tiny bit of extra length and weight in the cylinder that I was never going to use just kinda bothered me. The big medicine was delivered by a 1911, but S&W K frames (favorites were Models 12 & 64) took care of everything else. Normal, mild .38 loads work fine with lead bullets. No sh!t. AA No.2 3.2 gr. True Blue 4.0 gr. My Dad has advanced arthritis and could not longer easily work his auto loaders. HP38 4.8 gr. Only the Model 60 sometimes have factory installed grips that are not worthless. 990 2 3.1 gr. Trail Boss 4.2 gr. Accurate's No. 4.) 812 minimum fire shooting, you may want to raise gun before every shot. (Note H110 & W296 are the same as of 2008 as is HP-38 & W231) In my time with the cartridge, I have come to appreciate the mid to low end of the power spectrum and thus have made extensive use of Trail Boss powder and bullets such as Hornady’s .358” 158gr SWC. HS-6 (+P)6.7 gr. (Also try Trail Boss 2.8 gr. Installed some wood “boot” grips, modified them with grooves at the bottom of each side panel, similar to those on Pach. 2 4.0 gr. Since we are working with a gun that doesn’t have a magazine, we can afford to mess with this dimension at will. No. Jacketed bullets create a bit more wear on the rifling, but it's better 701 140 grain Hornady XTP Your experience is definitely motivation for me to give my J-frame more range time! Bonus is that don’t need magnum Primers for these reloads. 38 Special +P – 18,500 1,009 Especially if you reload. want me to write up an article about 3d printed .38 special bullets that I’ve been working? N32C(Tin Star)4.5 gr. 681 (published) I have a few 30-30 cases modified to shoot singles with a very light load. The beauty of shooting a .38 is that you can easily practice at the ranges you’d fight at using basically any cheap bullet at minimal expense. H4227 (+P)11.0 gr. There is almost no recoil and the student can increase power level when they feel ready using the same gun. The reason I love the .38 SPL so much is because it’s so elastic in function. I, like Spartacus, find the SAAMI recommendations an interesting spec for comparative purposes. I don’t bother polishing my .38 brass because I just don’t let it fall in the mud or dirt. You can always back off to the .32 S&W Long or .32 H&R Mag if you choose to. HS6 6.3 gr. 231 4.0 gr. References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Think that if a .44 spl. 540 5.2 gr. For best accuracy in slow Reloading .44 Spl. I’m not a hoarder and I don’t keep them, but I am detailed in my process. The .38 ammo is more common to find than the .44 ammo, so that is a big reason to reload the .44. That being the case, I truly NEED as much ammunition as possible and the ability to defeat soft barriers such as auto windshields, sheet metal, drywall, doors, etc. Don’t get me wrong: I think the Smith and Wesson Model 642 Airweight revolver is an outstanding self-defense (concealed carry) revolver and you won’t feel/care about how snappy/unpleasant the recoil may be in a real self-defense event. I’ve been loading 158gr FMJ with Titegroup and the only problem I’ve had is getting the seating depth right after the die locknut slipped.
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