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Thread: Your 38 Special snub nose training loads

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    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    May 2016

    Your 38 Special snub nose training loads

    For my 38 Special snub nose training protocol, I shoot 50 rounds of either Remington 38 Spl 158 gr LRN or 3.5 grs of BE using 158 gr Speer SWC or LRN at silhouette paper target at 10 yds. Then I shoot two cylinders full (five shot) with reloaded duplicates of the +P FBI load using Speer 158 gr LSWCHP. I complete the process with ten rounds of Remington UMC 125 gr SJHP 38 Spl +P (yes, helps remove any slight leading). All firing is done in double action mode only using a grip which Jerry Miculek recommends for Airweight J frames.

    How do you train with your snub nose and what ammo do you prefer with your training?

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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    May 2013
    over the hill, out in the woods and far away
    Correct .38 Special loads should not lead. It helps to overcoat the Speer lead bullets with a light film of Lee Liquid Alox or LSStuff 45-45-10 on top of what is already there if you will load them up to +P.

    Unless you plan on carrying 125-grain +P factory loads I don't see any point in practicing with different bullet weights. Stick to what load shoots to the sights.

    In my Airweight J-frames I use full charge wadcutter ammo with the Remington HBWC component bullet and 3.2 grains of Bullseye or the Saeco #348 146-grain DEWC with 3.5 grains of Bullseye.
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    Boolit Grand Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Northwest Ohio
    I do a lot of my practice with wadcutter loads and also the carry load. For some one new to the small light j frames and other snubbies I start them out working with them with wax bullets. These don't scare them with recoil blast and flash. Depending on the person it may be 100-300 rds of these at first. Another plus to this load is we can work in the garage or basement as there is little noise and a heavy back stop isn't needed.
    I fire both double and single action ( when single action is available) but my snubbies may be called on to dispatch problem animals also at longer ranges just because they are whats available at the moment.

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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
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