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Thread: Need data for 38 special 170 grain Keith Boolit hunting load

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Feb 2007

    Need data for 38 special 170 grain Keith Boolit hunting load

    Looking for a "bear" load for #358429 170 grain Keith style bullet. Lyman 49 lists two powders I have -Bullseye and Unique. I was wondering if anybody still uses slower powders with the heavier bullets? I have IMR 4227, 2400, 296.

    Which powder would be the place to start. Unique? Anyone have modern data for the slower powders?

    Gun can use +P.

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    Boolit Grand Master

    Larry Gibson's Avatar
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    Jul 2005
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    Had 357 on mind.......my bad.....
    Last edited by Larry Gibson; 11-27-2018 at 07:53 PM.
    Larry Gibson

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    Jul 2016
    You didn't mention a rifle or handgun.

    Lyman CB 4th

    Last edited by Grmps; 11-28-2018 at 09:29 PM.

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    Boolit Buddy zymguy's Avatar
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    Feb 2017
    Ely MN. (bwcaw)
    I like 10.5 of 2400 crimped over the drivingband in a 357 case, NOT load data but the similarities in case volumn suggest it'd work.

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    Boolit Buddy

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    North Central U.S.A.
    sorry bad post

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    Boolit Grand Master tazman's Avatar
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    Jan 2014
    west central Illinois
    The Hodgdon data site has load data for a 170 grain jacketed for +P 38 special using 4227. You might be able to figure something out from that

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    here is some old loadsClick image for larger version. 

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    Boolit Master

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    Posts number 3 and 7 above illustrate just why having an assortment of printed BOOKS is so handy at times.

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