Speer 148gr HBWC's

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Speer 148gr HBWC's

Post by L Valdez on 1/20/2017, 7:43 pm

Anyone have recent experience with the new production Speer .38 cal 148gr HBWC's?

I bought some older Speer 148 HBWC's but will soon be out. I've looked at the new production Speers, and they look a little different than the older ones. I am only shooting them at 25 yards.

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Re: Speer 148gr HBWC's

Post by fc60 on 1/20/2017, 8:57 pm


I worked with a fellow that was a Tool Maker at Speer long ago. Not sure what the lube is; but, he did say they purchased a lot of Beeswax and Dry Cleaning fluid.

The bullets now being offered are similar in the 32 98 HBWC arena. The good news is that the lube shoots cleanly with minimal barrel fouling. The bad news is the bullets appear to be tumbled and as a result look rather beat up.

What I have been doing with either the 32 or 38 HBWC bullets is carefully looking at the base prior to seating them as I load. Bad ones go into a box for practice.



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Re: Speer 148gr HBWC's

Post by desben on 1/20/2017, 9:13 pm

They are slippery to handle; their lube is hard and slick. That makes them clean to handle. They shoot well for me in my model 14. They leave a bit of lead in my forcing cone, but I think that's my gun more than the bullet. I'm glad CCI/Speer is making them available in quantity. Remington's are inexistant, Hornady's quite expensive.

Also consider Precision Delta; a lot of people seem to like them.

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Post by Russ OR on 1/20/2017, 10:48 pm

Decent price on 38 cal Speer lead bullets. The HBWC and SWC Speers I've loaded are the cleanest lead bullets to handle and load that I've used. 2¢-YMMV - 


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Re: Speer 148gr HBWC's

Post by james r chapman on 1/21/2017, 7:05 am

I'd also heartily suggest the Magnus 148 swaged hbwc's.

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Re: Speer 148gr HBWC's

Post by LenV on 1/21/2017, 8:36 am

james r chapman wrote:I'd also heartily suggest the Magnus 148 swaged hbwc's.

He has been out for awhile now. I am on his waiting list. Great bullet.


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Re: Speer 148gr HBWC's

Post by z4lunch on 1/22/2017, 2:04 pm

Steve here... I just bought a box of the new Speer 148 HB wadcutters, like one of the otther posters stated, they are dry and slippery, mine did not seem to look too beat up. They do shoot well at 25yds out of my National matches and my 52.

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