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Thread: Anyone loading 38 Special and Red Dot?

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    Anyone loading 38 Special and Red Dot?

    I bought my son a 4" fixed sight .38 for christmas, and the deal will be he has to learn to cast/handload to feed it. I have about 9 lbs of Red Dot, and I love it in my 9mm and 45acp, but never used it in a 38. Anyone messed with it?
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    Should do just fine.

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    Red dot Works fine in 38s

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    Alliant Red Dot works great in 38 Spl. Take a look at Lyman 3rd Ed. CB Handbook. There's a lot of info to be had here and on line.
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    Yes, I have used it in .38s. Only book loads, but it worked great.
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    I have used Red Dot in .38 specials. Basically book loads only. With a 158 gr. LSWC, I've used 3.5 grains with satisfaction. Pretty much equals factory velocity and pressure.

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    I have loaded a lot of 38 special with red dot , promo and will use IMR red also , it is good powder for the 38 and works well in other pistol loads , even use it in 45 colt .

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    Extremely useful in a wide range of pistol and rifle cast boolit apps....Had a neat roundball load to take forest chicken with my 375 H&H...onceabull
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    RD will work well. BTW, RD (Promo) is my SHTF powder. Works in 12 ga, all pistols I own and cast in rifle. I keep 4 jugs on hand at all times.
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    I use Red Dot in a number of calibers, including the .38 Special, and it works well in all of them.
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    First metallic round I loaded was .38 spc with reddot, Still do.

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    It would be difficult to come up with a Caliber that I do Not use Red Dot in it... not always Cast either..

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    These I loaded up with 3 grains of RD for my little derringer. Hornady 158 grain swaged round nose. I like them just fine.









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    Thinking Red Dot will work in just about any pistol cartridge that shoots lead bullets and of course shotguns.

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    I am fairly certain that I will give my next bottle of Red Dot an affectionate hug. I've missed it!

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    I've burned several pounds of it in 38 special. What revolver did you get him? Is it +p rated? For continuous use? I ask because Red Dot really cleans up nicely at top end +p loads. Not that cleaning a revolver is all that hard.

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    4 grains and a 125rnfp shoots to sights for me in model 10's.

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    Red Dot will give you considerably higher peak pressure per unit of muzzle velocity than the canonical Bullseye loads, but as long as you don't try for every last foot-per-second it will do very well. Especially for lighter bullets and shorter barrels. Seating depth will be more critical.
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    I loaded a ton of .38 Special with Red Dot in the early 70's but haven't done it lately .
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    I burned up 32 pounds of Red dot in 38 special loads, 2.8 grains at a time with 148 WC's. I also shot a fair few 358-432's over 4.0 grains for a plus p load. you could do a lot worse,
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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
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check