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Old 04-13-2012, 05:24 PM
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In a .38Spl, specifically for use in a model 36.

I thought I'd put a few together using 4.5g W231.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:26 PM
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In a .38Spl, specifically for use in a model 36.

I thought I'd put a few together using 4.5g W231.

What say you?
Sounds good to me.

Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook lists 4.6grs as max. for 855 FPS at 16,900psi.

Well below the dreaded +P levels.
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:16 AM
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In a .38Spl, specifically for use in a model 36.

I thought I'd put a few together using 4.5g W231.

What say you?
That looks like a really good .38 Special load. I like heavy bullets in the .38 Special. What weight are they coming out with the alloy you're using? That mold is listed @170gr.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:31 AM
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I'm not a huge fan of sloooooow moving bullets in a 38, too many problems. IE, not enough penetration & bounce back/ricochets.

You're going to beat that light j-framed pistol to death with a steady diet of that heavy powder/bullet combo.

Youd do better with a lighter bullet in that short bbld light weight pistol. Bullets in the 125g to 150g range will give you a good speed to weight ratio in that short bbl. It might sound dumb but a WC bullet in a short bbld 38 is a real thumper with their huge meplat.

Something to think about: A 4 test bbl
358429 170g 4.6g WW231 855fps 16,900
358495 148g 4.9g WW231 1001fps 16,800
I know every pistol is different but Ive always used a standard of Id lose or gain 50fps for every inch of bbl difference between my bbl length & the test bbl length.

Ive shot a lot of the 358429 bullets in the past in anything from 2 snub noses to a 10 contender bbl. That heavy bullet worked best in the 38spl cases with the 8 3/8 revolver bbls & the 10 contender bbls where they could get speeds up to be effective. When you start getting in the 700fps to 800fps range with this heavy bullet your doing both it & yourself an injustice.

From left to right, a 358495 WC bullet, a 38spl, a 357 for a revolver & a 357 for a contender. All of these are what I call heavy target loads. You put them on target, their heavy hitters.
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