The best .38 reload for bullseye

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The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by Flytrap1 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:01 pm

I would like some opinions on what the best reload is for .38 spl.I am going to use my s&w 686 with a 4" barrel, indoors at 50'. I have 148 gr DEWC bullets and have both bullseye and unique powders.

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by DeweyHales on Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:14 pm

2.8 BE is a well liked load with a 148gr.

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by Virgil Kane on Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:13 pm

DeweyHales wrote:2.8 BE is a well liked load with a 148gr.
Ditto !!

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by rvlvrlvr on Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:27 pm

Under a 148gr HBWC bullet, I like 2.7gr Bullseye, 2.8gr Accurate No.2, or 3.1gr W231. Of the three powders, I like W231 the best...chiefly because it gives a satisfying report (a proper "bang") when shooting it, while the other two give an anemic-sounding "pop".

Under a 148gr DEWC...I suspect similar loads will work, too.

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by noylj on Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:55 pm

I have not had great success getting a DEWC to be accurate. Compared to Remington HBWCs, all others are a waste of time.
I like 2.8-3.4gn AA2. Other known loads are 4.2-4.7gn AA5, 2.8-3.4gn 231/HP38, 2.5-2.6 700X, 2.8gn Nitro 100, 3.0gn Am. Select, 2.6-2.9gn Bullseye, 2.2-2.5gn Clays, 2.4-2.8gn N310, 2.7-2.8gn N320, 2.5-2.6gn TiteGroup (if it works well at all), 2.2-2.5gn TrailBoss, 2.7-3.2gn Unique, 3.2gn Universal, and 2.4-2.6gn WST.

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by tenx9 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:05 am

Nothing new here. Try 2.6-2.9 gr of Bullseye with a swaged 148g HBWC (Rems are about the best) with Federal primers and you should get 1 ragged hole @ 25 yards

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by Rob Kovach on Mon Dec 09, 2013 1:32 am

Tenx9,
When you say Federal primers do you mean Small Match Pistol Primers in the red box?

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by tenx9 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:58 pm

No not necessary. No need to use the more expensive stuff. Federals have the softest cup of all the primers available, so you'll always have reliable ignition. This is especially invaluable when shooting double action. Federals are also the most uniform in ignition strength. I learned this from a master shooter from PA, George Ban. I believe he was Civilian National champ a couple of times. Being a true civilian( and not having the Marine Corp Armorers) he did extensive tests himself and came to this conclusion. Frankly. when smart talented people tell u something, just pay attention and follow their lead. I've never used any other primers rifles or pistol.

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by Jack H on Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:16 pm

If this link works, check it out for Jerry Keefer's 38 load 

http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t815-38-special-full-wadcutter-stability#3980

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by james r chapman on Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:17 pm

Flytrap, several local PPC shooters have had good success with the Dardas  wadcutters using WST.

I think their using something like 2.5 grains with the 148 wc...

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by unclebuck1945 on Wed Dec 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Don't hesitate to try Precision Delta 148 gr LHBWC with 2.5 grains of Clays

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Re: The best .38 reload for bullseye

Post by james r chapman on Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:38 pm


Also the Magnus 148 hbwc

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