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Old 05-31-2018, 05:47 PM
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I wanted to experiment with lighter bullets because my standard 158 gr load shot high in my recently acquired Model 15-3.
I found a box of 148gr wadcutters that I bought 20 or so years ago. Loaded flush with 4.0 of WW 231 and tested them today.
5rds then six. One high then one low and the rest with a six o'clock hold @ 33 ft. I was pleased with the test. I guess I will try some 125gr .357 cast bullets at some point. Might actually have to go up a few clicks.
Chrony`d 3 rounds with the wadcutters and got:
916 fps
908 fps
936 fps
Had fun and might even see how they knock down bowling pins.
They slammed my plates pretty good @ 25yds.
Great Fun on a nice day here in NH.
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Thatís what the adjustable sights on a M15 are for.
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Thatís what the adjustable sights on a M15 are for.
Of course. Sights adjusted all but one click down. I was`nt born yesterday.
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That 148 grain wad cutter didn't get it's reputation for being accurate in .38 revolvers for nothing.


That's been the target load for over 50 years.
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That 148 grain wad cutter didn't get it's reputation for being accurate in .38 revolvers for nothing.


That's been the target load for over 50 years.
Agree! When I first started shooting, LGS sold reloads with 148gr wadcutters and 3gr Bullseye. My first Model 10-6 loved them.
When I began reloading it was mostly 158gr LSWC.
It`s been a while since Ive loaded wadcutters. Guess Im going full circle.
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Try the 130gr fp from Summers or SNS. I prefer the coated.
I find them extremely accurate in a lot of my guns. Favorite load is 5.0gr of Universal but had real good results with Bullseye, BE86, and Unique.
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Thanks Eddie. I have given some thought to the 130gr offerings.
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My M14 6" shoots great with 148 gr WC I mold with 2.8 gr of BE.
That being said this old guy can't hold as steady as was the case 5 or 6 years ago...
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The S&W M15 was one of the big secrets for bullseye shooting back in the 50s & 60s.
Many people favored the 4" barrel for balance and because the sight radius made it easier for some folks (depending on vision) to acquire a good sight picture.
I think Bill Tooney and Bill MacMillan favored the M15.

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My M14 6" shoots great with 148 gr WC I mold with 2.8 gr of BE.
That being said this old guy can't hold as steady as was the case 5 or 6 years ago...
Dont feel bad Chief. Im sure you could outshoot me. Im lucky I can even pick up a gun.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:28 PM
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I wanted to experiment with lighter bullets because my standard 158 gr load shot high in my recently acquired Model 15-3.
I found a box of 148gr wadcutters that I bought 20 or so years ago. Loaded flush with 4.0 of WW 231 and tested them today.
5rds then six. One high then one low and the rest with a six o'clock hold @ 33 ft. I was pleased with the test. I guess I will try some 125gr .357 cast bullets at some point. Might actually have to go up a few clicks.
Chrony`d 3 rounds with the wadcutters and got:
916 fps
908 fps
936 fps
Had fun and might even see how they knock down bowling pins.
They slammed my plates pretty good @ 25yds.
Great Fun on a nice day here in NH.

Jim
You could do a lot worse just staying with the wadcutters for shooting out to 50 yards or so.
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You might want to measure the rear sight on that model 15.
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People would be surprised at the knockdown capacity of a full wadcutter;like mentionned by Iggy,out to 50 and maybe even 60 yds,they are accurate and cut a full size hole in whatever they penetrate or got a good grab at those pins.
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cast 148gr hbwc from a 800fps+ plinking load
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cast 148gr hbwc from a 800fps+ plinking load
I bet the pin didn't stay long on the table!
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Got to shoot bowling pins with the M 15 and the 148gr wadcutters @ 925fps.
Was 15 for 15 at 33`. The pins all went straight back and clean off the table with no dead wood. I like them. I think the M15 will do fine as long as I keep the bullet weights @ 148 gr or lighter.
I will never be a fast shooter again due to really bad hands but can still have fun.
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I've come lately the last few years to the 148 LWC myself; it continues to amaze that somehow over the decades I missed out on ever really using the load.
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