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Old 07-02-2010, 10:52 AM
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Default 380 load data needed.

I have been reading up on 380 loads and I really can't find much reference on cast bullets.

I will be using 102 grain LRN and Unique or Bullseye with WSP primers.

Please let me know any load data you have experience with using this bullet and powders.

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Old 07-02-2010, 11:32 AM
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This maybe of some use ?
9x18 Makarov Load Data - Handloads.Com
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Lyman "48th Edition Reloading Handbook" Book - MidwayUSA
I would start at 2.6-2.8gr with a COL of .965-.970" and work up.
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Dom,
I found two loads with cast bullets on LoadData.com.

One is 2.5gr of Bullseye the other is 3.2gr Unique. both of them were a 103gr LSWC and the OAL was .984".

Hope this helps!
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FWIW I like 3.0 gr of Bullseye under Ranier Ballistics' 95 gr plated round nose. I figure that would work well with the 102 gr as well but of course you should work up to that.

I picked up a Lee 111 gr single cavity mold at a gun show earlier this year and finally got around to trying some.

The smallest charge I can get of Bullseye out of my Lee Auto Disk is 2.8 gr and that turned out to be a shade too warm for my taste. It might be just the ticket with the 102 gr cast.

I have loaded up some of the 111s with 2.5 gr of Unique to try.

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Old 07-02-2010, 10:03 PM
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Thumbs up on the 2.5 gr Unique under the Lee 356-111-1R. Mild and accurate.
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I called Alliant Powder and with a 95 gr RN lead cast bullet, they recommend 2.0 to 2.5 grains of Red Dot (I know it's not the powder you use, but it's still a good data point). I'll be testing that either this monday if the range is open or next weekend for the first time as I just got a 380 a few days ago. I'll even chrono the results and share if anyone is interested.
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I've been running 4.6 of Power Pistol under anything from 92gr to 102gr Lead and jacketed.
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Lyman's Cast Bullet Handbook as a lot of lead data.

92gr LRN bullet .980" OAL
1.9-2.5gr 700X
2.8-4.1gr SR-4756
2.4-3.0gr Bullseye
2.0-2.6gr Red Dot
2.1-3.0gr Green Dot
3.1-3.7gr Unique
2.3-3.5gr W231

121gr LRN .980" OAL
1.4-1.9gr 700X
2.3-3.5gr SR-4756
1.6-2.1gr Bullseye
1.6-2.1gr Red Dot
1.7-2.3gr Green Dot
2.2-2.8gr Unique
2.1-3.2gr W231

Hope that helps and even though I think I transposed the data correctly mistakes happen...
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Cartridge Loads - Hodgdon Reloading Data Center - data.hodgdon.com

I loaded up some 95g LRN and FMJ with Tite Group from this page. They worked very well.
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Well, I went out to the range with 95 Gr LCRN with a Overall length of 0.950", out of a 2.75" barrel, using 2.0 grains of Red Dot I had a 10 shot ave velocity of 690 fps, with 2.2 gr RD I had 10 shot ave velocity of 750 and with 2.5 gr RD I had a 10shot ave velocity of 810. Non +P 95 Gr JHP Bonded Winchester self defense ammo was chronoed at just over 900 fps, so I feel like I didn't max the round out, but I also have no desire to do so either as the LCRN are for target practice only. I did have one ejection issue at the 2.2 gr batch, not entirely sure why. I'll most likely load at 2.5 grains as that was a nice shooting target load.
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Thanks everyone, I emailed Alliant and they gave me the following info for the 102 G. LRN:

Bullseye: 2 to 2.8
Unique: 2.6 to 3.3

I will work up a load as soon as I make the bullets and get a supply of brass I am waiting for. I will let you know how they come out.
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Here's what I use with LRN bullets:

95gr. Laser Cast or Missouri Bullet LRN
3 gr. Win-231
Win Primer
Mixed Brass
OAL: .957
About 700 +/- fps out of my Kel-Tec P3-AT

I get no feeding or firing failures with this load and LRN bullets.
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