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38 special ammunition

Post by Multiracer on Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:27 pm

First topic message reminder :

Specifically for a S&W 52-2
I did a quick search and did not turn up a consensus for factory ammo to start. I see a few recipes to load with which I will do later.
What FPS should I look for in 148G HBSWC ?

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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by mikemyers on Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:25 pm

Terry was giving me so much useful information over the phone, just like last time, I don't think I ever asked him how much they cost.

He is the ONLY person who has ever told me if I didn't like the bullets, just keep them and he would replace them with something I would prefer.  Since then, I've never said anything about the cost.  Very pleased.
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by Multiracer on Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:58 pm

oldsalt444 wrote:+1 on Magnus Bullets.  Plus, Bullseye-L forum members get a 15% discount.
Dammit, I keep forgetting to mention that !!

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So, Now what do I do

Post by Multiracer on Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:08 pm

with these dirty little buggers ?
Give me some proper tips for clean up, prep, lube and storage.


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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by Black_Talon on Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:25 pm

Multiracer wrote:What do I do with these dirty little buggers ?

Sell them to me. I'll deal with the schmutz.
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by james r chapman on Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:45 am

Wash in solvent, tumble in 45-45-10, air dry, enjoy.
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by fc60 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:24 am

Greetings,

To load the Remington HBWC bullets, here is my process. (Pirated from C.E. Harris, thanks)

Use only wadcutter brass. i.e. R-P or Western. They have case walls with minimum taper for seating the long HBWC bullet.

Deprime and clean your brass. DO NOT SIZE the brass at this time.

Prime the brass and mouth flare.

Charge with powder.

Seat the HBWC.

Taper or Roll Crimp.

Then, SIZE the loaded round with the Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Die.

Notice the difference in group size with the following targets fired at 50 yards...





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Post by Chris Miceli on Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:39 am

i tried the gasoline wash of bullets, air dry, tumble lube with white label allox, and let dry was very impressed....i don't have any test targets though.
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by Multiracer on Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:54 am

Ok, so it takes a good solvent to get the manufacturing goop off. When you guys say tumble......do you mean to roll them around or do you mean tumble like I tumble with ss pins to clean brass ? I can now figure out how to make up some lube 

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Post by james r chapman on Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:57 am

I've heard roll in a towel like polishing a bowling ball.
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by STEVE SAMELAK on Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:15 pm

I think that they're referring to using tumble style lube like Lee liquid alox  or 45-45-10 after cleaning.

Why work up stuff to lube when it's so cheap to buy???
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by jglenn21 on Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:26 pm

find yourself one of the little square plastic pickle jars.. they will hold 500 bullets quite easily and work great for tumbling bullets with 45-45-10
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by LenV on Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:45 pm

Multiracer wrote:with these dirty little buggers ?
Give me some proper tips for clean up, prep, lube and storage.

I would load them and shoot them. If you feel that you have better stuff then just shoot them on the short line. I never clean and re-lube bullets. Someone can slap me if I have done it wrong all these years.

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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by tceva on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:30 am

Pretty incredible round.  Is there any other semi auto that shoots them as well as a mdl 52 or revolver?
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by Multiracer on Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:11 am

Thanks again guys.
I hope to have some time this weekend to try these out.
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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by troystaten on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:06 pm

Hello Dave those .38 special wadcutters you reload show some very impressive accuracy.  You mentioned that you de-prime the brass without resizing. My question is how do you de-prime without resizing?

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Re: 38 special ammunition

Post by desben on Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:15 pm

Hi troystaten, you can deprime without resizing by using a universal decapping die. Or by using a resizing die designed for a larger caliber, e.g. using a .45 resizing die to deprime 38.

http://leeprecision.com/decapping-die.html
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Post by troystaten on Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:29 pm

Thank you Desben.

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