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01-12-2009, 10:32 AM
I have these lead boolits 158gr swc, 158gr rn, 146gr wc. Want to use unique powder just need a little help for some loads to start with.
01-12-2009, 11:06 AM
You can use 4.0 grains of Unique as a starting load for the 158 grain SWC--a bit less for the 146 WC (3.5 grains).
01-12-2009, 11:55 AM
+1 for the above info... For the 158gr boolits, 4.5gr Unique is MAX as per the 48th Lyman manual..
01-12-2009, 02:23 PM
Love them 38's !
My SWC boolits as cast, drop around 153 grs (plain WW's) from my RCBS 38-150-SWC mold.
I use 3.8 Unique (w/above) in all my 38 spl loads, pistol and 1894 Marlin. This is my target (silhouette) and plinker.
I've never chrony'd them but they work well for me.
I found this data on the web somewhere, in fact I started using this load a long time ago in an old RCBS Green machine and haven't changed to this day. YMMV
01-17-2009, 10:06 AM
I have used 5.0-5.5gr. Unique in Sellier and Bellot .38 Spl. brass, standard primers in my 586 4" for years, with no pressure signs. I do like the load, altho they are listed as +P in my manuals, so advance with caution.
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