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  • Forrest r's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 AM
    My 4" bbl'd 29-3 has seen a couple rounds down the tube, actually a couple rounds too many. Too bad about your 29-3, they are an excellent workhorse proving shooters with countless hours of quality range time.
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    Today, 06:40 AM
    2700 with 2 moa acuracy for 10-shot groups @ 100yds. Alloy was 4 parts range scrap 1 part mono-type. 1 coat of shake & bake pc/john deere green from smoke. Used bore-tech eliminator to get the black streaks out of the bbl. No leading
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    05-19-2018, 08:04 AM
    lyman lists the alliant reloading powders as Rx!! And accurate powders as AA-!!!! for rifle powders and AA#! for pistol powders
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  • Forrest r's Avatar
    05-12-2018, 07:42 AM
    The fbi load in snubnosed revolvers: That ammo was never intended to be used in snubnosed revolvers. The standard lead rn 158gr/850fps 38spl used in issued 4" bbl'd firearms flat out sucked. Enter the the 158gr hpswc p+ ammo. It was used in...
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    05-12-2018, 06:48 AM
    The bullet casts out at +/- 148gr with the 10bhn alloy . Adding a al gc and either lube or pc brings the weight up to 152/154gr. Use a copper gc and the weight is in the 153/154gr weight. Cast with 6/7bhn alloy and you can add a grain to the...
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    05-11-2018, 10:40 AM
    If you don't think I did a bunch of head scratching when I 1st started testing 38spl p+ loads in that snubnosed revolver. You better guess again. Finely said the heck with it (wasn't doing well at all) and dug out every hp/35cal mold I had along...
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    05-11-2018, 10:25 AM
    Keep in mind that out of 10 different common/popular bullets that casters use/make. Only 1 cast bullet got me to the 950fps range (358156). The cramer #26 was close and the mihec 148gr hbwc turned backwards started to fall off. The home swaged...
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    05-11-2018, 10:01 AM
    No sir. I quit @ 950fps. The 358156 and the home swaged jacketed bullets gave me 950fps +/- with 6.2gr of power pistol. Never did get the 1000fps pearce claimed to get. But then again pearce chose extremely well when picking that ruger lcr for...
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    05-11-2018, 09:50 AM
    Why the hb bullets didn't perform well in the 38spl p+ tests: The simple answer, wrong hb design. I went thru the same thing with the 429422 hb bullet. The round pin makes the bullets base to thin at the top of the bottom drive band/bottom of...
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    05-11-2018, 09:28 AM
    Real world results: Bullseye powder has been brought up in this thread. I love bullseye powder!!! It's the 1st powder I grabbed to test the 38spl p+ loads. I knew bullseye was worthless when trying to get any real p+ velocity out of a 38spl...
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    05-11-2018, 08:54 AM
    It the littlest things that make huge changes when it comes to high pressure loads coupled with short bbl's. I used a pretty good mix of bullets to test with. Along with testing with 3 different lubes and 2 different alloys. The lube didn't have...
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    05-11-2018, 08:28 AM
    Some of the bullets I used to test 2" bbl'd 38spl p+ ammo. What winchester used in their w38spd ammo I also tested these 3 hollow based bullets. At the end of the day I tested:
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  • Forrest r's Avatar
    05-11-2018, 08:00 AM
    The 1972 (the year the fbi adopted the "158gr lead hp/38spl p+ ammo" The law enforcement handgun digest (of 1972) on page #188 lists: w38spd ammo (winchester's 158gr lead hp 38spl p+ ammo) velocity/1014fps from a 4" test bbl. Buffalo bore...
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    05-07-2018, 07:27 AM
    Plinking loads for the 686, nothing more than the targets used to test loads for the 686 @ 50ft (6-shot groups). A lot of times I'll load the bullets long in the 38spl cases to use in the 357's/686. The h&g #50 crimped in the middle grease...
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  • Forrest r's Avatar
    04-25-2018, 07:09 PM
    No anger at all, just get tired of reading about how bad the recoil is or how hard it is to get a load to do more than 800fps. You feel 800fps is good enough, go for it. I choose 950fps myself in 44spl. The misses uses 950fps in a 2" bbl'd 38spl.
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    04-25-2018, 07:21 AM
    I wouldn't of even bothered to post in this thread. Just get tired of all the posts about: hot loads can't be handled shot placement is everything parroting of decades old ideas/articles My 50+ year old misses has no problem handling a 16oz...
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    04-25-2018, 06:33 AM
    Apparently a lot people have never shot bowling pins. Any heavy 357 load with a rn or swc cast bullet that weigh 158gr or more will penetrate a pin. Shot countless 1000's of pins with a 357/358311/1250fps load. Was nothing to see the nose of the...
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    04-24-2018, 01:29 PM
    800fps is only sensible until it hits something hard/solid. Then it's just another under powered load/bullet combo that someone learned the hard way why they never should of used it in the 1st place. A wc in a snubnosed 38spl would be my absolute...
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    04-24-2018, 04:36 AM
    Exactly, no problem getting 900+fps out a a 2" bbl'd ca undercover with 158gr bullets and pp/2400/longshot. Just as firearms are different bullet design, alloy, lube/coating will also make a huge difference in performance. Different 140gr to...
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    04-23-2018, 07:09 AM
    Glocks aren't the only firearm that had/has un-supported chambers. Brass picked up at the range with round primer hits (top piece of brass). 2nd & 3rd pieces of brass show a bulge in them. The bottom 2 pieces of brass had the "bulge" sized out of...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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