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Post by javaduke Thu Oct 13, 2022 8:53 am

Sorry if this is an FAQ, couldn't find any definitive answers. I only shoot DR once in a blue moon so I don't want to bother with my press setup - but can anyone recommend a decent soft factory load for DR?
I saw these two at lucky gunner: https://www.luckygunner.com/38-special-158-grain-semi-wadcutter-prvi-partizan-50-rounds and https://www.luckygunner.com/38-special-158-gr-lswc-federal-50-rounds - are they any good?

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Post by james r chapman Thu Oct 13, 2022 9:05 am

Mag tech 158 RN

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Post by john bickar Thu Oct 13, 2022 12:08 pm

I have had decent success (270s - 280s) with American Eagle 158gn LRN. I'm in the same boat as you: I don't want to reload it.

Most recently I bought it from Target Sports USA; I have had good luck with them over a number of years. The most recent purchase was not cheap, but it was in stock and it's on a truck to my house right now.

I can't vouch for this current batch of American Eagle yet, but previous lots have been good enough for me to get DR with.
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Post by shanneba Thu Oct 13, 2022 12:16 pm

Midway has the American Eagle 38 special 158 gr RN for $27.07 /50 and free shipping (at least through today) with code freeshipping101222

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Post by Asa Yam Thu Oct 13, 2022 12:54 pm

Not sure about these HSM 158 grain SWCs (never used them), but they're $23.99 at Sportsman's Warehouse, and delivery (free, at least to my address) seems fairly fast.
https://www.sportsmans.com/shooting-gear-gun-supplies/ammunition-ammo-for-hunting-shooting-sports/handgun-ammo-hunting-shooting-sports/hsm-38-special-158gr-swc-handgun-ammo-50-rounds/p/1138038

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Post by bruce martindale Thu Oct 13, 2022 1:48 pm

Factory is the smart way to go, reloads are difficult to get 50 yard performance. Magtec RN and 3.6-231 doesn't work

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Post by PhotoEscape Thu Oct 13, 2022 2:49 pm

I RR tested some of the factory ammo out of three S&W Mod. 14s two + years ago.  Magtech's 158gr LSWC held 10 ring at 50Y out of the best cylinder in each revolver.   Magtech's 158gr lead RN was very good as well.  Federal's American Eagle 158gr lead RN didn't do as good as two above in my testing.

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Post by javaduke Thu Oct 13, 2022 3:44 pm

john bickar wrote:I have had decent success (270s - 280s) with American Eagle 158gn LRN. I'm in the same boat as you: I don't want to reload it.

Most recently I bought it from Target Sports USA; I have had good luck with them over a number of years. The most recent purchase was not cheap, but it was in stock and it's on a truck to my house right now.

I can't vouch for this current batch of American Eagle yet, but previous lots have been good enough for me to get DR with.
Well, John, I know you, you can throw rocks at the target and hit X all the time Smile Us mortals need an excuse for not shooting high master scores Smile))

OK, thanks, everyone, I picked up some Magtech and some American Eagle, we'll see how it goes. If I can get 250 or so out of this thing, it makes me happy.

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Post by john bickar Thu Oct 13, 2022 5:32 pm

javaduke wrote:
john bickar wrote:I have had decent success (270s - 280s) with American Eagle 158gn LRN. I'm in the same boat as you: I don't want to reload it.

Most recently I bought it from Target Sports USA; I have had good luck with them over a number of years. The most recent purchase was not cheap, but it was in stock and it's on a truck to my house right now.

I can't vouch for this current batch of American Eagle yet, but previous lots have been good enough for me to get DR with.
Well, John, I know you, you can throw rocks at the target and hit X all the time Smile Us mortals need an excuse for not shooting high master scores Smile))

OK, thanks, everyone, I picked up some Magtech and some American Eagle, we'll see how it goes. If I can get 250 or so out of this thing, it makes me happy.

You moved to the United States; you probably have an easier time ordering ammo online. Those of us who live just west of the US have a tougher time.
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Post by Thin Man Fri Oct 14, 2022 8:00 am

Has anybody tried the Remington version?

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Post by javaduke Fri Oct 14, 2022 8:03 am

I actually used Remington before, it was pretty accurate (as far as I could tell) but a bit too hot.

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Post by John Dervis Fri Oct 14, 2022 3:00 pm

Thin Man wrote:Has anybody tried the Remington version?
I used some Remington in a DR match this fall that was probably 5 years old.  I shot a 281 with a 94 SF so I was happy with it.  That's a really small sampling though so I wouldn't run out an buy a case off of that one experience.  I'm also not sure how it compares with current production which is an entirely new company so it might be different.

Good luck.

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Post by james r chapman Fri Oct 14, 2022 3:49 pm

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Post by Eindecker Sat Oct 15, 2022 4:58 pm

That remington swc was such a great factory option. That nickel brass was sooo smooth.  Didnt even need to use the ejector rod. Open cylinder and up end the muzzle.

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Post by orpheoet Sun Oct 16, 2022 4:36 pm

My personal experience with Federal American Eagle has been long line only and very good. Best I've done with it was a 92 SF. I'm sure its fine for the short line.
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