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Thread: .38 Special Wadcutter and Non-wadcutter Brass

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    Boolit Grand Master tazman's Avatar
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    Good info to know. Thanks for posting.

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    I go through about 1K of cast wadcutters a year. Single cavity hollow base would be way too slow for the slight accuracy advantage. While I do have some older WW wadcutter brass that I load Lee’s TL 148 plain base cast 6 cavity bullets, they also get loaded in nickel RP brass of all bullet types including plus P with no issues. It must be noted that plain base wadcutters are shorter than hollow bases. 3 grains bullseye is my load.

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    Outpost75, I'm curious about your 0.360" bullets. Is that the diameter of your cylinder throats? If so, did you have them opened up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBSmith View Post
    Outpost75, I'm curious about your 0.360" bullets. Is that the diameter of your cylinder throats? If so, did you have them opened up?
    Throats are .3585 and came that way from the factory, they have not been reamed.

    Remington bullets come .360" diameter and fit into fired brass snugly which avoids having to resize the brass, decapping only, light flare, seat primer in CLEAN pocket. Bullet fits friction-tight in case to crimp separately.

    The Redding Profile Crimp die sizes the bullet by light compression inside the case.

    If you pull a loaded round and measure bullet after profiling the rounds they come out .358" which is perfect fit.
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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