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  • Forrest r's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 05:40 AM
    Hard to beat clays for plinking loads in the 44mag. 6.0gr to 6.5gr of clays and bullets in the 200gr to 250gr range do extremely well. Mihec 245gr hp's & 6.0gr of clays h&g #142 gc'd 220gr swc/200gr hpswc doesn't matter both bullets combined...
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    05-22-2018, 05:40 AM
    The only thing I do is water quench the bullets when they are 1st cast. I so this simply because I don't want the bullets hitting each other and distorting each other. I don't do anything to pc'd bullets other then let them air cool.
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    05-21-2018, 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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    05-21-2018, 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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    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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    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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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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