Is 5.5Gr of H-P 38 good for a 230 Gr plated.
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5.5 grains of HP-38 sounds a little hot.
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I think I load 5.0 HP-38 over a 230 lead bullet but will have to look it up when I have access to my reloading information.
Sounds a bit hot to me...most recommend using lead alloy bullet data for plated. With HP38 (also known as Winchester 231), I use 5.1 to 5.3 grains of either and get good accuracy. I've never chrono'd the load however. Rod
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I load 5.0 grains of w-231 with 230 grain plated bullets with good accuracy.
Thanks to all. I think I will go with 5.1 of HP-38 (AKA 231)' Good to know that plated is same as cast for reloading receipes.
For the last 20+ years 5.6Grs of HP38/W231 230Gr FMJ in Colt & Springfield 1911 series, S&W 4506, S&W99, and Glock 21 pistols with no adverse effect or problems noted.
5.1 grains of HP38 gets me right at about 750fps average out of my 227 and 220's. That's with a copper plated bullet and thrown on a Dillon 650. Seems like a load that will function most pistols without extreme blast or recoil. Works well in all my pistols.
I've been loading 5.3 gr. of HP-38 under 200gr HAP with good results.
I've been using Hodgens CFE and some Bullseye - Both shoot nice 230/200gr Berry's
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The old stand-by reply is to use the start load from your manual and then work up to achieve whatever your objective might be (velocity, accuracy, etc). That is still a good idea. The P220 isn't going to have any problem handling the loads listed in published manuals.
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