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BulletPowder WeightPowderVelocityOALPrimerSource
357 Magnum
158gr LFP
6.5 grIMR 800X Unknown1.58" Win SP guest
This is a light magnum load. It still packs a bit more punch than a .38 Special +P, with the added benefit of good plinking accuracy.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
357 Magnum
158gr LFP
4.7 grBullseye 950 fps1.5" Win SP guest
Nice, light Magnum load. Bullet: HC RNFP BH=24. Seated deeper than normal. Seating: COL= 1.5". Only nose of bullet exposed. Old-world cowboy look and feel. Cloverleaf groups at 30 feet. No leading.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
357 Magnum
158gr LFP
4.7 grBullseye 950 fps1.5" Win SP guest
Nice, light Magnum load. Bullet: HC RNFP BH=24. Seated deeper than normal. Seating: COL= 1.5". Only nose of bullet exposed. Old-world cowboy look and feel. Cloverleaf groups at 30 feet. No leading.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special
148gr LSWC
4.3 grIMR 800X Unknown1.25" Win SP guest
SNUB-NOSE PRACTICE LOAD. The bullets I use are actually 148 grain button-nose wadcutters. The IMR 800X fills the case well. I load these by hand--with a Classic Lee Loader--the one where you pound with a mallet! Velocity is unknown, but a more experienced friend estimates between 640 to 670fps out of a 2-inch barrel. ("Your mileage may vary.")

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special
148gr LFP
2.4 grBullseye 700 fps1.18" Win SP guest
Speer #8 (1970) manual. This load was "worked down" in .1 grain increments from the infamous 2.8 Gr. Bullseye load. The bullet used is a 148 grain Hornady swaged HBWC seated even with the case mouth. Wipe off most of the dry lube first, so the dies don’t get clogged up. Use a very light crimp, just enough to allow free chambering of the finished cartridge. This load appears to be very mild, consistent, and accurate through a 4" or 2" barrel, with absolutely NO leading of bore. Velocity is actual, chronographed 10 feet from the muzzle, through a Taurus Model 65 .357 Mag. six-shot service revolver.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special
158gr LFP
3.0 grIMR HiSkor700X Unknown1.423" Win SP guest
Nice, clean burn with 2" or 4" barrel. Light plinking load. Virtually no leading with soft lead -- gas seal and Alox lube.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special
158gr LFP
3.0 grIMR HiSkor 700X Unknown1.395" Win SP guest
I seat the bullet deeper than normal for looks, mainly. Instead of crimping at the crimp groove, I seat the bullet deeper and crimp lightly, just behind the nose of the bullet. To me, it has a sort of cowboy look. I use Lee dippers to measure the powder. This load is light and accurate in my guns, similar to Alliant Bullseye. In my .357 Magnum Taurus, Model 65 (4-inch barrel) and in my Rossi snubnose .38 special, I can ring the 50-yard gong with this load. It appears to have about 4 to 5 inches of drop at 50 yards.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special
158gr LRN
3.0 grIMR 700X Unknown1.21" Win SP guest
SUBSTITUTE WADCUTTER LOAD -- Reverse a LRN bullet, and it cuts nice, clean holes in paper targets, just like wadcutters. Seat with the flat end (base) sticking out of the case just a tad. Accuracy is good enough for 10-yard defense practice in a snubby. (Not a good shape for speedloaders though.) No leading with 12 BRN lead, gas check, and Liquid Alox. Feels like any other 158-grain lead bullet. Due to cleaner, crisper holes in targets, this loading technique makes it easier to see groups without the use of binoculars. * The nose of the bullet will take up some additional space in the case. Please do not exceed 3.0 grains of 700X, as pressures for higher amounts of powder are unknown and may be unsafe for some handguns.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special +P
158gr LSWC-HP
10.5 gr2400 919 fps1.44" Fed SPM guest
Snub Defense Load. Data from Speer Manual #8. Excellent defense load for all-steel snub-nose .38 special. Velocity listed is for 2" barrel. Suggested starting load = 9.4 grains. This is not a Max. load. Recoil feels fairly heavy, but very controllable.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
38 Special +P FBI Snub
158gr LSWC-HP
10.5 grAlliant 2400 919 fps1.44" Fed SPM guest
Hornady 158 grain LSWCHP swaged bullet. Excellent FBI load for an all-steel snubnose .38 Special revolver. Very punchy magnum feel, but controllable with either one- or two-hand hold. Good 10-yard accuracy. Perfect POA-to-POI orientation in late model Rossi 351 2" .38 Special revolver. Worked up from a starting load of 9.4 grains of 2400 using Lyman 46th Manual, and finishing with the Speer #8 Manual. Substituted Federal 200 (SPM) primers for the published CCI 550 (SPM) primers. Speer warns: no aluminum or alloy J-frames with this load. I concur. Also, I would not reduce this load to less than 10.0 grains of 2400 powder. The starting load of 9.4 grains left unburnt powder behind and felt erratic from shot to shot.

Email author: hitrumpetman 
9mm
125gr LTC
4.0 grBullseye 1,000 fps1.09" Win SP guest
Nice, soft target load. Little-to-no leading in S&W Sigma barrel. Data is based on minimum load of OLD Bullseye powder behind a 125 grain Speer soft point bullet (Speer Manual #8, Copyright 1970). No specific primer is listed. I used Win SP. My bulelts are 14 brinell hardness truncated cone lead .38 Spcl. bullets, sized down .356", seated a tad past the lube groove with an OAL of 1.09".

Email author: hitrumpetman 

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