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Post by djw1cav Tue Feb 08, 2022 2:50 pm

I started to load another batch of 38 SPECIAL 148g HBWC'S today and noticed that my star cases have an OAL of .130+/-about .002.  The SAAMI specification for case length is 1.155 -.020.  So my cases are about .005 under minimum.  When I loaded them last fed my Model 52 OK.  What else can go wrong with under size cases?  I expect the pressure will be up a little.
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Post by james r chapman Tue Feb 08, 2022 2:53 pm

Never worried about .38 spl cases.
Probably the most forgiving cartridge out there!
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Post by BE Mike Wed Feb 09, 2022 8:42 am

Don't sweat the small stuff! You are good to go. Lube 'em up, load 'em up and shoot 'em up. You're not an engineer by any chance, are you?
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Post by djw1cav Wed Feb 09, 2022 6:31 pm

james r chapman wrote:Never worried about .38 spl cases.
Probably the most forgiving cartridge out there!
Forgiving cartridge, that what I like to hear.    I will test a few loaded .010 to .015 proud of the case instead of flush. That way they will have the same OAL (and case pressure) as my load with Winchester cases. 
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Post by BE Mike Thu Feb 10, 2022 9:47 am

djw1cav wrote:
james r chapman wrote:Never worried about .38 spl cases.
Probably the most forgiving cartridge out there!
Forgiving cartridge, that what I like to hear.    I will test a few loaded .010 to .015 proud of the case instead of flush. That way they will have the same OAL (and case pressure) as my load with Winchester cases. 
Thanks,
Doug
I wouldn't load them with any lead from the full wadcutter bullet sticking out. For the model 52, they should be flush seated or even a little further into the case.
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Post by djw1cav Thu Feb 10, 2022 9:59 am

BE Mike wrote:Don't sweat the small stuff! You are good to go. Lube 'em up, load 'em up and shoot 'em up. You're not an engineer by any chance, are you?

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Engineer?  Does it show?  I am aware of the problem and try to fight it,  but the urges are sooo strong. 
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