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Post by zanemoseley on Sun Dec 20, 2015 5:59 pm

I had been contemplating a 38 super pistol as a bit of a fun project that may see some bullseye competition use. Some of you were nice enough to give me some input in my other thread and some listed the basics of their loads. I've pulled the trigger on a Sig Traditional Match Elite Stainless pistol so need to start developing some loads.

I was hoping we could make a compilation of everyone's successful 38 super target loads. I'm particularly interested in lead loads as I cast my own bullets. I have several pounds of WST and a pound of bullseye in my stash. Thanks in advance.

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Post by zanemoseley on Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:36 pm

Any input on this bullet profile & weight. I'm thinking about this mold, looks very similar to my .45 SWC bullet profile.

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Post by LenV on Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:55 pm

If you meant to show a bullet profile it is not showing up. I don't have any good loads to share Zane. I am also looking for a good starting load. I will probably load bullets before I get my new barrel.

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Did you try the search on this forum or look here?   http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t2763-38-super-loads
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Post by zanemoseley on Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:03 pm

Sorry, here it is,  

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Post by LenV on Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:08 pm

I will probably start with a hornady 147 gr RNBT. 3.0 BE. I have a lot of these bullets to play with.

Another link... http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t4409-heavy-cast-bullets-in-38-super
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Post by zanemoseley on Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:10 pm

I'm leaning more toward lead options simply because I cast. I cast .45 bullets for about a cent and a half, these 38 super 140 grains will be just a hair over a cent.

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Post by LenV on Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:28 pm

You just reminded me that we need to add the line. " convert your .45 to .22 so you can practice for a lot less money" to the 3 other great lies.

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Post by zanemoseley on Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:04 am

So what are the 3 other great lies?

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Post by Fire Escape on Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:34 am

You will save money by reloading!

You will spend less per shot but don't expect to put any 'savings' back into your bank account.


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Post by LenV on Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:16 am

The 3 other great lies:

"I gave at the office"

" The check is in the mail"

" I am from the IRS and I am here to help you"
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Post by Skid on Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:27 pm

Here's mine Zane, 3.8 Bullseye 126gr Dardus starline Fed gold metal match.

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Post by Skid on Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:31 pm


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Post by zanemoseley on Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:50 pm

Looks good Skid, I can't remember if I've asked but have you ever chronographed this load to see how fast it is? 

I just ordered a 100 pack of the Bayou Bullets 150 grain SWC bullets and 100 of their 147 grain FP bullet. I may also order 100 of these to see how they compare, do you buy them sized to .357", that seems to be the most common 38 super lead diameter.

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Post by zanemoseley on Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:12 pm

Well I just ordered 100 of the Dardus 126 SWC bullets as well as 100 of the 150 grain SSWC from Meister, both are sized at .357. Now I will have 4 different bullets to test when added to the ones I got from Bayou.

Now I have to figure out how I want to load them all. I have WST & Bullseye on hand, might try to get my mitts on some 452AA as Axehandle had some great looking 50 yard targets with it under the 150 SSWC Meister bullet.

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Post by james r chapman on Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:51 pm

well, if you find a large quantity of 452AA, you should post the location for all of us!!   Wink
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Post by zanemoseley on Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:56 pm

Lol just found out it's now WST, got plenty of that. Can you guess I'm new to the game lol.

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Post by john bickar on Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:01 pm

james r chapman wrote:well, if you find a large quantity of 452AA, you should post the location for all of us!!   Wink

You addicts and your substances, SMH... Laughing

Not me. I don't touch the stuff. Nosiree. Rolling Eyes
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Post by Wobbley on Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:19 pm

Sez a guy sitt'n' on a couple of drums of the stuff

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Post by Skid on Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:42 pm

Zane I don't have a chronograph (yet) so I don't know how fast they are but I've never had 1 fail to eject or have a alibi during a match and I like the recoil. also a small note I use the same load for the long line and the short.

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Post by zanemoseley on Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:46 pm

Are you running the stock recoil spring or did you have to drop down in weight?

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Post by Skid on Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:50 pm

My .38 Super was built by Clark and I don't know what weight recoil spring is in it, but I should find out just to know.

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Post by zanemoseley on Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:31 pm

Skid, if you have time can you measure your OAL and crimp diameter for me please. I'm trying to write down notes for all these loads I'm going to try. I'm gonna have to stay organized during my load development or I'm gonna be all over the place.

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Post by Skid on Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:11 am

No problem, The OAL is 1.250'' and the crimp is .379. With lead bullets I don't believe the OAL is to critical you just want to leave a little of the shoulder sticking out of the casing and mine turned out to be 1.250. I hope this is of some help.

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Post by zanemoseley on Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:10 pm

Thanks for measuring, all my stuff should be here in a couple days, I'm looking forward to working up some loads.

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Post by Skid on Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:17 pm

Zane,
 So I called Clark and found out that I have a #14 recoil spring and that is a std weight recoil spring for .38 supers.

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