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    Most accurate 38 super mold

    If you wanted the best groups possible,what cast boolit would ya shoot?i have real good luck with 133 gr mp mold,and 160 gr lyman 358311.

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    I really like the Saeco #383. Its a 140g swc with a long nose for feeding.

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    Look to what the competitive target shooters use to win money with.

    They're pretty big on DEWCs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    Look to what the competitive target shooters use to win money with.

    They're pretty big on DEWCs.
    DEWC in 38 super? I don't claim to be in the know, but I'd expect 38 super to be at its best with something like a 147gr truncated cone, maybe even 357 magnum bullets like a 158gr rnfp.

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    I like the LEE and Lyman lube groove WC.
    Every gun is different. My loads are more accurate than my 66 year old eyes can shoot them.

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    I think some people have the 38 Super confused with the 38 Special!

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    Back when USPA allowed 38 Super in Major Class, I had a 160 TC that shoot great. After that mostly 140-145 gr are the popular bullets for the Super. Helps to remember most 38 Supers are really 38's not 9 m/m Plus have to agree, DEWC are not Super bullets GW

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    Rim Rock Bullets makes a 148 gr. cast TC that seems to have gotten good reviews. You might try a box of those and order a mold for them, if they turn out to work especially well. The SAECO #383 seems to work well in almost every .38 Super, with some Unique or Herco behind it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by megasupermagnum View Post
    DEWC in 38 super?.
    Oppss. I wasn't wearing my glasses and read over the super part.
    A DEWC probably wouldn't even feed in a regular frame & chamber.
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    It took me too long to find a .38 Super but one finally came to me as a "pre-70" Colt lightweight Commander in 98% original condition. The boolit mold I have used for that pistol is the Lyman 358480 (133 gr. weight) and I could not be happier with any other mold. As always your groups, velocity, etc may tell you to find a different mold but I'm not looking for that. This mold is the only one my pistol likes even after loading different patterns for testing. YMMV.

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    Greetings,

    Years ago, a friend had Jim Clark build a 1911 38 Super for Bullseye use. He used the H&G #73 bullet with Winchester 231. Shot X-ring at 50 yards. It was written up in the American Rifleman; but, I cannot recall which issue.

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    NOE #358 - 124 - TC GC
    Size to .357" or .358" depending on barrel .
    124 grain Truncated Cone w/ gas check installed .
    cast from 50-50 COWW and soft scrap lead . Air Cooled .
    The gas check allows decent velocities with no leading .

    This one works in 38 Super , 9mm Luger , 38 Special , 38 Special +P and 357 Magnum .

    Any time you want to use a rather soft alloy and +1,000 fps velocity ... this design delivers the goods .
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    Thanks guys!

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    I have a Saeco #384 , #377 and the # 929, I have two 38 supers one with Nowlen and another with a Kart barrel , I also have several 9mms all guns shoot the best with either the #929 or the #377, sized @.357 dia, though i usually dont use the 929 in the 9mm .
    Last edited by bobthenailer; 07-27-2022 at 12:42 PM.

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    The H&G #73 will do the job for you./beagle
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    I still have the mold I used for .38Super when I had one. It's a discontinued RCBS #38-158-RN.
    But it has NO crimping groove. The nose is slightly longer then the mold w/crimping groove. Dropped bullets at .358 with 1/2 Lino / 1/2 COWW. Sized at .357, My OLD Colt loved it.
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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