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Berry's .38 HBWC

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Post by jwax Thu Aug 31, 2023 10:21 am

Looking for feedback on those that may have tried this bullet in a S&W 52:

https://www.berrysmfg.com/product/bp-38-357-148gr-hbwc

Good? Bad? Ugly?
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Post by Greg Walloch Thu Aug 31, 2023 10:25 am

Plated…no bueno.  Plinking only.  I’ve Ransom Rested these out 1.5” capable guns and wound up with groups 6-12”.  Inconsistent diameters due to the plating process.

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Post by Wobbley Thu Aug 31, 2023 10:32 am

I got a box of Miwall loaded 38 special WC ammo… I think they used Berrys plated in that stuff.  Out of my 52 I had about 5-8 out of a box give uncalled 8s at 25 yards.  No bueno for match shooting.  Most of them peppered in the black but they were all over dam place.  If there is a range rule that you have to use plated or coated, there are places that sell WC bullets that are HiTek coated.
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Post by Bmitch996 Thu Aug 31, 2023 3:10 pm

I've used them for the short line because they don't create a lot of smoke(indoor range).  You can't use the "normal" 52 loads.  Needs to be a little hotter  3.0-3.2 grains of Bullseye  and they were ok for the short line.  That was my experience.

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Post by 4th Corner Traveler Fri Sep 01, 2023 3:30 am

I remembered that Berry's posted at one time, "load their bullets like you would hard cast".  I found that to be true in a revolver and had good results at 25 yards.  It was for winter Indoor league, so I did not test beyond 25y.

A friend has a 52 and I gave him some to try.  The outcome was similar to Wobbley's described results.  I was told that the 52 barrels are 0.356 (please correct me if I am wrong) so I am wondering if the harder, plated bullet would preform better at the 0.356 diameter?  

I have thought about having my friend squeeze them down to 0.356 and test.  He said he may try it this winter.

Just my 2 cents.

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Post by jwax Fri Sep 01, 2023 8:05 pm

Thanks all!
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Post by Eindecker Sun Sep 03, 2023 10:11 pm

ive seen it said multiple places, even on the midway sales page, hat the berrys 38 caliber bullets are smaller then they should be.. and that a good number of people get less then steller results

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