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question about .38 special 125gr to 148 WC

Post by SW-52 on 7/25/2015, 2:05 pm

Dear People,is possible convert .38 special 125 grains factory in 148 wadcutters using a lee classic loader.
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Re: question about .38 special 125gr to 148 WC

Post by Fire Escape on 7/25/2015, 2:39 pm

Sort of......

You would be pulling the bullets out (inertia puller?), probably dumping the powder since it would not be able to be identified and then loading the primed case with powder and a different bullet. You have mentioned that reloading is a big challenge where you live. Can you get powder and the 148 WC that you need? I suppose that if you took apart enough new factory rounds you could accumulate the powder and figure out a correct charge weight but it could be risky. Factory ammo is often loaded with a variety of powders (often what is available and/or cheap), they have ballistic labs that can determine an appropriate charge weight for any powder (or blend thereof) that is reasonably suitable for the task and each batch may be different although it might shoot the same. You could probably melt lead and cast your own 148's but I don't think that there is any way to create them from 125's otherwise.

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Post by Wobbley on 7/25/2015, 6:03 pm

Dunno if it would work,,,,, but ,,,, you might try pulling the 125s reloading with new powder to get the minimum velocity you need and seating them backwards.  I'd shoot them in a revolver first to see how they do,  desperate measures tho.  Fiocchi Makes decent wadcutter ammo.

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Re: question about .38 special 125gr to 148 WC

Post by SW-52 on 7/25/2015, 6:15 pm

Wobbley wrote:Dunno if it would work,,,,, but ,,,, you might try pulling the 125s reloading with new powder to get the minimum velocity you need and seating them backwards.  I'd shoot them in a revolver first to see how they do,  desperate measures tho.  Fiocchi Makes decent wadcutter ammo.
the problem of fiocchi wadcutter is they don't work in my 52
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Re: question about .38 special 125gr to 148 WC

Post by LenV on 7/25/2015, 6:58 pm

You might be able to shorten the Fiocchi with your Lee press if the length is the problem.
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Re: question about .38 special 125gr to 148 WC

Post by BE Mike on 7/25/2015, 7:09 pm

If you can get Magtech ammo, they make good .38 SPL 148 gr. HBWC ammo.
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Re: question about .38 special 125gr to 148 WC

Post by Wobbley on 7/25/2015, 8:17 pm

You have a couple of options.  Wolff gunsprings makes a reduced power 52 recoil spring.  That may allow your 52 to function with Fiocchi.  Remington and Seller & Bellot make 38 148 HBWC that function my 52.  So you can try that.  If you do want to start reloading and comply with your law you'll just need to load in large batches.

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