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Need 38 special loading advice.

Post by zanemoseley on 7/11/2017, 10:10 pm

About to pick up a S&W 19-3 but plan on mainly shooting 38 special not 357 mag. Plan on informal target shooting and possibly shooting CF for fun at the small local matches.

I already own the 150 grain Keith style mold made by Magma, using wheel weights it will drop closer to 155 grain. I also have tons of WST on hand I'd like to use.

What do you guys recommend for target velocity loads, I need:
Grains of WST
OAL
Crimp diameter

Thanks in advance.

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Post by BE Mike on 7/12/2017, 7:16 am

I can help with 2 of your questions. If the bullets have a crimping groove, just roll crimp the case mouths into it.
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Post by cdrt on 7/12/2017, 7:39 am

Crimp to .375, either taper or sight roll since it does not have a crimp groove (looking at the photos of it on the internet).
OAL, just seat to the top of the shoulder, can't give you a definite length since I don't have that bullet in front of me to measure.
Start with 3.0 of WST which would be equivalent to 2.7 of Bullseye.
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Post by JIMPGOV on 7/12/2017, 7:51 am

HARD CAST 158GR WILL NEED 3.3 TO 3.5 GR WST FOR ACCURACY AT 50 YDS. SWAGED 158GR NEEDS 3.1 TO 3.3 GR WST FOR 50YDS. JIMĀ  P


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Post by zanemoseley on 7/12/2017, 7:38 pm

Here's the bullet mold I have, it's the 150 grain model. So would you consider the groove on the top a crimp groove? I've never used a bullet with a crimp groove, do I do anything in particular compared to a regular bullet? I'll be using a set of Dillon dies which I think are considered a taper groove.



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Post by JIMPGOV on 7/12/2017, 7:55 pm

YEP THE TOP GROVE IS A CRIMPING GROVE. JP

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