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Old 03-25-2020, 11:32 PM
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I really enjoy seeing pictures of members’ S&W Heavy Duty and Outdoorsman 38-44 revolvers. Please share what reloads you enjoy shooting in them.
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:30 AM
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I shoot very mundane medium power loads. I don't see any point in beating up a nice old gun that would be difficult to get parts for.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:46 AM
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In my youth, I would follow the writings of Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith and one of two others. SS wrote of a load for the HD that used the Lyman 358156, 38 Special brass and 2400 powder. I loaded a bunch of it and used it in my L frames for competition. When I got a HD, I resurrected the load and it can be a one holer from my revolver.

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I've had an Outdoorsman a long time but use only standard pressure cast bullet loads, usually the H&G #51 160 gr. cast SWC and 4.3 grs. of 231 or 3.5 grs. Bullseye. Accurate loads with mild recoil, particularly in such a heavy revolver. I'm way past noise, muzzle flash, and hard kicking loads.
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Ashamed to say that I have both and have not shot them. Should I do so it will be a cast SWC and about 3.1 of BE.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:15 AM
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A 160 grain cast wadcutter , Lyman #358432 or NOE #360-160-WC ,
over 5.2 grs. Unique . This would be considered a +P 38 special load but perfectly fine in the 38-44 HD .
It is also a very accurate load and shoots to my revolvers fixed sights with a 6 o'clock hold .
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Bought a 4" 1952 vintage HD a couple of years ago and just got around to reloading some .38-44 loads for it...

Started out with a Lyman/Thompson 358156 w/gas check with 6.0 grains of Unique. Have not clocked it but it is an accurate load.

Looked on LoadData.com and they have loads using AAC-9 and 2400 that run up into the 1200s with the same bullet. That is where I'll be going next.

Also have a mold from MP that makes the same bullet and has solid and HP pins. Bought another aluminum 6-cavity mold that is a solid nose and has a plain base.

Whatever load I come up with will also be used in a 1952 Pre-27 and probably a 60-10 3". 1200 fps from a 4" should be able to handle anything I run into....

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I have 2 Outdoorsman and 1 HD and have found 158 g. LSWC over 5.0 g. Unique to have just the right amount of punch and accuracy. It's in +P range without pushing into Super-Vel territory. Get's your attention but easy on the big old guns and wrists.
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Same loads I would fire in any other .38 Special revolver. My HD happens to have its chambers lengthened for .357, and I have fired a small number of .357 rounds through it. Totally pointless to fire hot loads if my only targets are made of paper.
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Bought a 4" 1952 vintage HD a couple of years ago and just got around to reloading some .38-44 loads for it...

Started out with a Lyman/Thompson 358156 w/gas check with 6.0 grains of Unique. Have not clocked it but it is an accurate load.

Looked on LoadData.com and they have loads using AAC-9 and 2400 that run up into the 1200s with the same bullet. That is where I'll be going next.

Also have a mold from MP that makes the same bullet and has solid and HP pins. Bought another aluminum 6-cavity mold that is a solid nose and has a plain base.

Whatever load I come up with will also be used in a 1952 Pre-27 and probably a 60-10 3". 1200 fps from a 4" should be able to handle anything I run into....

Bob
I clocked the 358156 GC 161 grs with 6.0 grs Unique at 1,023 FPS out of my Ruger 4 5/8 inch Blackhawk. Your four inch should do about the same. Very accurate load. They’re crimped in lower crimp groove
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:04 PM
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Pre 23 ODM for hot Ly 358429 Fed 100 primer , 12.5grs 2400 , lighter 7.0grs SR4756 or 12.5grs 4227 with WSPM primer , 358156 with 13.5grs 2400 or 8.0grs SR4756 .
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:50 PM
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The 358156 bullet design is the one I have cast /shot the most of . I had Tom @ Accurate Molds make it w/o the gas check . I liked it so much I now have 2 / 4 cavity molds . It's about time to cast some more . For years I used that bullet in a 38 special case crimped in the lower crimp groove loaded over 5.5 grs of IMR 7625 powder . It's one " sweet load " . I never owned a HD . I shot them out of a model 28 , 6" barrel . Regards, Paul
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...a nice 38 Spl +P for your valuable S&W Heavy Duty is a 158 gr SWC over 5.6 grs Power Pistol. Gets 950 FPS from my 4 5/8 inch Blackhawk...you’ll pickup additional fps with your shorter Heavy Duty 38 Spl cylinder. This load is very accurate with low SDs and ESs.

Enjoy and be safe out there

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My load is 200gn with bullseye 4.1gn for 850-ish f/s on model 20 and 23

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My load is 200gn with bullseye 4.1gn for 850-ish f/s on model 20 and 23

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That’s a heavy bullet, I load the 200 gr in 38 Spl with 2.7 grs BE
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My 5" HD spits out a Saeco #382, 160 LFP over 5.7gr HS-5 at 880 fps using a WSP Mag primer. If I use 4.0gr of W452 it only goes 840 fps.
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