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Old 03-16-2017, 12:25 PM
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Hello there. I have some Hornady 158 LSWCHP and also some Magtech 158 LSWC slugs and I would like to load up some accurate 38 special +P loads for my M64-5 Smith 4". I just got some TiteGroup powder along with my supplies of Unique and Bullseye. Please let me know any published loads from yore that would be suitable. Thank you. I have been shooting some loads with Unique 5.0 I believe and some Bullseye loads but I read an article awhile back by Brian Pearce and he was loading for a Smith and Wesson Pro 357 Magnum and used TiteGroup powder. Standard load data on the Can says 3.8 grains for standard pressure loads with 158 LSWC. Thank you.
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I load 5.0gr of Unique under the Hornady 158gr LSWC with 1.45 AOL

I shoot these out of a 2.5" 686-4
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Old 03-16-2017, 02:14 PM
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Hello there. Yes thank you, I have used that load as well. I will dig up my copy of the Handloader where Brian Pearce uses TiteGroup in his loads with the Hornday LSWCHP.
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Take that Unique load of yours and put a heavy crimp on that lead bullet.
Most shooters with a J frame will say it is enough.

With a K frame you can go a little higher.
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Yes I use a heavy crimp with a Lee crimping die. Excited to use some of the loads as I have some new slugs to try out. Shooting at about 20 yards with slow fire targets. Model 64-5 K frame the loads shoot well and are quite easy to shoot.
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Years back I did some extensive work on replicating the FBI Load and I feel I was successful. Velocity alone is not the key, the felt recoil and of course accuracy is important too.

The powder charge I used is above current published limits but I and others have found a lot of data saying my charge is below the current SAAMI limits of 20,000 PSI. Use this data at your own risk.

Here's the load:
Winchester .38 Special +P case
158gr Hornady LSWC/HP
CCI 550 Primer (Magnum primer on this load)
7.0gr HS-6
COL 1.475"
4" M686 ---- 2" M640
927.0 -- AV --- 888.9
955.1 --- H --- 897.1
905.4 --- L --- 876.6
49.7 ---- ES --- 20.5
20.7 ---- SD ---- 7.9
17.0 ---- AD ---- 5.9
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There are better choices than TiteBoom

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Duplicating Buffalo Bore FBI Load
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Man, we all had a great time developing that data back in 2009. Too bad Mike hasn't been around for a long time and Jim passed away. Still, good to see that thread, thanks...
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Most shooters with a J frame will say it is enough.
Amen.

I shoot 158 grain jacketed bullets from the J-frame I inherited from my grandmother and five rounds per range session is quite enough for me.
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Have used ArchAngelCD's HS-6 load, and it's a good one. In addition, I played around with AA#5 and came up with a 6.4gr load that pretty much does the same thing.

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Old 03-16-2017, 11:18 PM
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6gr Alliant Power Pistol will get you right around 1000fps in a 4" tube
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:43 AM
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Anyone used the LSWC loads from Federal 38G +P loads or Winchester or Remington. I have read alot about the Buffalo Bore loads and have will continue to read up on some of the threads mentioned. Thank you.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:12 PM
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Hello there. Thank you for the load data. I will have to pick up some of that powder HS-6 and try work up some loads with your data. I seen a pound of old 2400 in a shop that interested me to try some of the old 38/44 loads with 2400. Lots of choices to cook up some good 38 Special loads. Thank you all again.

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5.5 gr. Unique, .357 brass, standard primers, 4" barrel 586= 860 fps chrono'ed. I used that with 150-158 gr. LSWCs in IPSC matches for years. Nice to shoot!
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Anyone used the LSWC loads from Federal 38G +P loads or Winchester or Remington. I have read alot about the Buffalo Bore loads and have will continue to read up on some of the threads mentioned. Thank you.
I have all three and I think the Winchester is most accurate but the Remington will expand best. The Federal load is not bad either but the bullet is harder than the one used in the Remington ammo.
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It's always interesting to read these types of threads where someone wants to know about those chicago, fbi, treasury, keith, buffalo bore loads that skeeter worked on.

Myself, I like to pick 1 load. Here's what a fbi armorer has to say about the "fbi" load.

The FBI 158-grain lead HP +P .38 Special load is still available under the Remington symbol R38S12 or Winchester X38SPD. The equivalent Federal 38G has been discontinued. Alloy was 2% antimonial lead, which when fully cold worked and recrystallized is about 8 BHN. A cast HP of shape similar to #358429 with cavity 0.6 of the meplat diameter, with 15 degree included angle draft on the core pin, cast of 1:40 tin/lead has very similar upset characteristics but is a bit heavier at 162-164 grs. Velocity of the X38SPD with which I am most familiar was 855+/- 30 fps from the 4" SAAMI "vented" test barrel, which simulates revolver ballistics with a 0.008" cylinder gap.

This velocity is approximated with 158-162-grain cast LHPs using canister powders with either 4.2 grains of Bullseye, 4.8 grs. of W231, 5.2 grs. of Unique or 5.5 grs. of PB, at a minimum cartridge OAL of1.50". All are +P loads!
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