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Finally got my press re-mounted and I'm about ready to do some loading. I was working on getting set up for .38/.357 when Michael hit. I have .38spl brass, powder and dies - just need bullets. Have any bullet recommendations. Loading for 6" Ruger Blackhawk and S&W 642. Guess some .357mag suggestions wouldn't hurt either.

Thanks in advance.

Rick



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Posts: 1249 | Location: P.C., FL - the emerald coast | Registered: September 15, 2000Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I used to load a lot of lead bullets, but some time back, I switched over to loading plated bullets for both 38 Spec. and 357Mag. I purchase the 158gr plated Xtreme bullets with a cannalure. I don't load at the top end, and they do fine for me......and they are "clean" to load and shoot.
 
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You do not say how you want to use them. Self defense, plinking, target, hunting or? Maybe try a box of 100 each in 125 gn jhp and 158 gn jhp or whatever you can find right now to get you started.

Used to be a good shop in downtown P.C. maybe called C & C, they did carry reloading supplies.
 
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Good point..practice rounds. If I find a good load for the snubby - then maybe self defense as well.

C&G Sporting goods. Last time I was there they still carried reloading supplies. Haven't been there since the storm though.


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Posts: 1249 | Location: P.C., FL - the emerald coast | Registered: September 15, 2000Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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125gr. RNFP - 130gr. FP from Kings Shooters Supply, SNS casting or Missouri Bullets. Coated or conventional lube. American Select or Unique powder.
 
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Lots of good choices, I’d look to a medium to faster powder. That could be Unique on the medium end to Titegroup, Bullseye on the fast end.

Win-231 as others are popular.

I’m also of the mindset that range or plinking loads can be used for defense if called for.
 
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Just reloaded 250+ rounds of .38Spl yesterday. used with Bulleye powder and 125 gr HSM hollow points. This load works well in my snubbie, GP100, and Security Six!
 
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I shoot hand cast 158 rnfp for all my 38 and 357...I also load 148 wad cutters for the 38.

I now powder coat them, so I don’t have to lube and they don’t leave leading.....

Use unique in both rounds, cause that’s what I have. But may have to figure out an AA#7 loading as I’m down to my last half pound of Unique and no one has any powders....



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You might try "Blue Bullets" poly coated cast bullets for target practice. I use them in both .38 special, +P, +P+ and .357. They are good and inexpensive.

I recently loaded some Speer 158 gr.JHP's in both cals from MIDWAYUSA. They turned out to be very accurate in my S&W 27-2 and outrageously accurate in my Henry BIG BOY.

I like H110 in .357 and Titegroup for .38.
I back-off from max loads to save wear and tear on my guns.
 
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For .38 Special I have used 3.5 grains of Bullseye with a 158 grain "lead" bullet. According to an old Lyman manual I have it is listed as a "factory duplication load", about 826 f.p.s.

Over the past few years I have been using poly coated "Bad Man Bullets" or coated "Gallant" brand bullets. With both of these cleaning the bore & chambers is no where near what it was with plain lead bullets.

HTH.
 
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