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WST load in M52 question.

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Post by C.Perkins 3/13/2017, 11:23 am

Only load I have settled on and used in my M52-1 is 2.8gr BE under 148gr HBWC.

Question for those that use or have used BE and WST;
Did you settle on the same powder weight between the two for the same or better performance ?

Been on this sight over the years and many members say that WST is the go to powder for the .38
Figured what the heck, not getting any younger and figured I would give it a shot to see what all the noise is about so I picked up two pounds locally.

I know my pistol will tell me what it likes but wondering if I should just start with 2.8gr of WST and go +/- from there.

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Post by jglenn21 3/13/2017, 11:34 am

2.7 to 2.9 of WST
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Post by JIMPGOV 3/13/2017, 12:17 pm

I FOUND IT DEPENDS ON THE BULLET. STAR OR ZERO'S HAVE A THINNER SHIRT. SO 2.6 WST WITH THOSE.

IF YOUR LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE REMINGTONS, THEIR SKIRT IS THICKER. 2.8 WST WITH THOSE. JP

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Post by C.Perkins 3/13/2017, 12:22 pm

I luckily still have a small stash of Remingtons but they now will only be used at the long line.
I have a lot of older Speer and Hornady.
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Post by LenV 3/13/2017, 12:31 pm

I have a Holosun mounted on my rail and 2.9 works great. Good thing because my Lee powder dispenser has a collet just for that. Smile
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Post by C.Perkins 3/13/2017, 12:52 pm

Thank you all for the responses.
Will start at 2.8gr and work from there.

Also just fired off an email to Remington about there production of the HBWC's and their match ammo that they loaded those in.

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Post by james r chapman 3/13/2017, 1:35 pm

Let us know of a response .
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Post by desben 3/13/2017, 3:23 pm

C.Perkins wrote:Will start at 2.8gr and work from there.

Note that Hodgdon lists 2.8 as the maximum for that powder (735fps;16kpsi). Anything above is +P. They list 2.5 as the start load with 680fps/13kpsi.
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Post by C.Perkins 3/13/2017, 3:46 pm

Thanks Desben.

Yes I saw that so that is why I asked here specifically for the M52 pistol.
Hodgdon tested with a 7.7" barrel compared to the 5" on an M52.

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Post by C.Perkins 3/14/2017, 6:20 pm

C.Perkins wrote:
Also just fired off an email to Remington about there production of the HBWC's and their match ammo that they loaded those in.

Received a reply today from Remington.

They have stopped production of the 148gr LHBWC and the match ammo that they loaded them in.

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Post by orpheoet 3/14/2017, 7:31 pm

I used to use 2.8 Bullseye, now I use 2.7 WST. The WST seems the least little bit less snappy and is cleaner. Zero HBWC. I have a 52-2...
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Post by ash 3/14/2017, 8:01 pm

2.7gr WST functions well and on call with SPEER & STAR (graphite lube) in both MDL52 & Clark 1911 with 1" UD scope. 
Having read posts RE:WST by Jerry Keefer I decided to give it a try.  I had not loaded 38HBWC for several years, my previous go to powder was 2.8gr BE.  My starting WST powder charge was 2.85gr after firing several hundred rounds I settled at 2.7gr.
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Post by james r chapman 3/14/2017, 8:38 pm

Thanks Clarence.
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