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Thread: Casting for 38 Medium Colt

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    Casting for 38 Medium Colt

    I picked up a S&W 627 and plan to shoot 38 Medium Colt (38 Long Colt cut to 0.900") with a 158 gn projectile. Currently I'm running a Lee 358-158 RF. It works but I fear the flat point will be a bit of a hindrance during speed reloads in IPSC. I like the idea of a larger weight so I don't really want to run anything much lighter. I would also like to have a cannelure for crimping to allow pressure build up and get a complete powder burn. Looking for a round nose to assist loading. I can't seem to locate a mold that fits this criteria. With the 38's being around as long as they have been I'm surprised I can't locate one. Anyone have any ideas about where one may exist?


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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    Accurate has several designs for the .38 S&W which follow the form of the original .38 Colt New Police bullet and the British Revolver .380 Rimmed Mk2 which will work fine with speed loaders.

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    When you order you can tweak diameters to fit your cylinder and alloy, delivery is about 3 weeks.

    NOE also has several which are suitable:

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    Sounds like the Lyman 358311 or its NOE clone would suit you. It has been around a long time for good reason.

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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
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