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Post by jrdeadeye1957 Fri Aug 13, 2021 3:07 pm

I am sitting on a case of once fired Federal cases. All sized primed and ready to load. I need some input on an accurate load for Zero 158 LRN heads. Have 1K of them to use. Powders on hand include N310, Clay's, and 231. Thoughts??
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Post by jrdeadeye1957 Fri Aug 13, 2021 3:10 pm

P.S. I also have Winchester AutoComp on hand as well.
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Post by dannyd93140 Fri Aug 13, 2021 3:11 pm

4.0 of 231 works very good.
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Post by jrdeadeye1957 Fri Aug 13, 2021 3:14 pm

Any idea on the fps?
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Post by dannyd93140 Fri Aug 13, 2021 4:15 pm

jrdeadeye1957 wrote:Any idea on the fps?


Average 890 FPS with a standard deviation of 9fps extreme spread 29 for 15 shots fired.
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Post by Wobbley Fri Aug 13, 2021 4:27 pm

The MAX listed load for 38 Special in Hodgdon data is 3.7 at 834 fps and 14,800 psi.  So 4.0 (which is within “+P” pressures) would be probably close to 900.
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Post by dannyd93140 Fri Aug 13, 2021 4:46 pm

That my results with a chronograph; Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook is listed as 837.  In days gone by +P was 5 or better with 231 or HP-38 (same powder different cans).

Your mileage may very
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Post by james r chapman Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:06 pm

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Post by Schaumannk Fri Aug 13, 2021 8:37 pm

Nothing will shoot well if you don’t get that long bullet in straight.   I recommend the Lyman M die for case mouth expansion.   I believe based on my own experiments, and others have told me, it makes one heck of a difference.  I also recommend the Redding profile crimp die.      My load of choice is 3.5 of WST.

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Post by JIMPGOV Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:24 pm

3.3GR OF 231 WITH SWAGED 158 BULLETS IS AN AWESOME LOAD. 50YD ACCURATE. JP

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Post by James Hensler Sat Aug 14, 2021 3:38 pm

3.6 of Accurate # 2 is so much cleaner then 231
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