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Thread: What powder for 158gr SWC and 38spl snubnose?

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    Damn I have to quit posting without my glasses. Didn’t realize it was so old.

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    WOW, a 2015 thread !

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    A Speer +P loading I like is 3.7 grs Bullseye with 158 gr Speer LSWC seated 1.440 with CCI 500 primers. It chronographs from my S&W 637 approx 735 FPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hick View Post
    I like 700X-- based on the highly scientific basis that I have lots of it. Hornady says 3.7 grains under a 158 gr lead SWC will get you about 800 fps
    Yup. I've shot 1000s of them.
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    The gun writer Charles Petty ran an artical in the early 80’s about standard and plus P 38 special loads in I believe snub guns. At the time, he also published what manufacture’s stated about plus P in their revolvers. About all I remember from that article was his winner of the day was 800X. I just loaded remingtons 95 grain hollow point that was advertised for a 2” revolver to a non plus P loading of 1090 FPS with 800X from a 10 year old IMR powder booklet.

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    Yes everyone has a favorite load . Is it fast ? is it accurate? Which is best? For my gun I settled on B Eye. It was not the fastest but it shot the best.

    For me hitting what I aim at is the most important.

    My gun was not a short barrel but a medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OptimusPanda View Post
    If you can find some clays I have found that to shoot very well, even in the snubs. I think max charge was 3 grains. Just under that is what I normally load.
    I like the think of clays as a fluffy bullseye comparable powder. Love it in .45 with 200 lswc.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check