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Favorite loads for 38 Super

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Post by Brian.highstandard 3/28/2020, 4:14 pm

Hello All!!

I need your help. I am just beginning to load for a 38 Super. I have purchased 115 GR, Hornady FMJ and Hornady 115 gr XTP. My favorite powders have always been Winchester 231, WST and Bullseye especially for the 38 special and .45 ACP. But I'm always open to new powders. I don't want to push this at maximum velocities. Rather something pleasant to shoot but not a wimp load. 

I'm shooting this in a Colt 1911, Series 80. 

Thoughts please!!

Brian

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK 3/28/2020, 4:30 pm

I'm using 5.5 grains of accurate #7 under a Brazos 150 grain coated bullet.
Seems to be a pleasant load that hangs together to the long line.

As always this is not an endorsement and consult your manual (manuals) before operating any equipment or vehicles.
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Post by Pbmoser1954 3/28/2020, 4:36 pm

I have a Colt competition Series. 1911.  Was sent to  Clark Customs guns to be worked over.  
Starline brass, 115gr Zero bullet  5.1grs VV N320 powder. Nice shooting gun
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Post by PhotoEscape 3/28/2020, 5:38 pm

130gr RN on top of 5.6 gr of N340 or 6.40 gr of Long Shot, OAL - 1.270" / WinSP
125gr FP on top of 6.8gr of Power Pistol, OAL - 1.210" / CCI500 or WinSP

Tested in several guns with both 5" (Colt SC, SARO, DW PM38) and 6" (Tanfoglio Gold Team, Les Baer, SA Omega, G40 MOS with KKM) barrels out to 25 yards.

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Post by Jake1911 3/29/2020, 10:31 am

125 precision delta jhp
4.5 gr titegroup
Good 50 yd load

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Post by Allgoodhits 3/29/2020, 2:01 pm

4.5 - 4.7 gr of WST behind a 115gr JHP as proven to be a very good load in many .38 Supers. If a 125 JHP then about 2-3/10ths less.
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Post by rgwellsjr 3/31/2020, 12:29 pm

I use 5.0 of BE 86 with a 125 HAP (hornady action pistol). @990 fps.  With a ransom rest at 25 yards all 5 rounds could be covered by a quarter.

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Post by james r chapman 3/31/2020, 1:11 pm

231 has some good loads.
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Post by Allgoodhits 3/31/2020, 8:36 pm

james r chapman wrote:231 has some good loads.
5.1 - 5.3 gr W231 should be a good load with 115 JHP or bring it down by 2/10 for 125 JHPs
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Post by spursnguns 4/1/2020, 9:44 am

Hello,

I have been using....

4.0 grains of Alliant Bullseye
125 grains Hornady XTP / HAP (.356")

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