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big joe 28-Apr-13 - 02:34 PM ET
cunninmp 28-Apr-13 - 03:00 PM ET
redfin 28-Apr-13 - 04:26 PM ET
jim brown 28-Apr-13 - 04:58 PM ET
big joe 28-Apr-13 - 10:54 PM ET
RLC323 28-Apr-13 - 11:21 PM ET
wolfram 29-Apr-13 - 10:34 AM ET
big joe 01-May-13 - 04:10 PM ET
CalvinMD 01-May-13 - 04:37 PM ET


Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: big joe
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - 02:34 PM ET
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Hello All

I have a bunch of 158 gr jacked soft point bullets and lots of Red Dot, but cant seem to find any listed data for this combo.

Anyone have a load in one of their old books? All the store shelves are bare around here so have to try and make do with what I have for now... thanks and have fun......Joe

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: cunninmp
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - 03:00 PM ET
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All I could find is 160 grain jacketed at 2.9 starting to 3.2grn max.

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: redfin
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - 04:26 PM ET
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i load 3 grs. of red dot or 700x under 125 jhp,148 dewc and 158 jhp bullets with no problems for years. joseph

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: jim brown
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - 04:58 PM ET
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Try Handloads.com. They list one load for the 38 with 158 LSWC.

jim brown

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: big joe
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - 10:54 PM ET
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Thanks cunnin, Joseph and Jim...good info...

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: RLC323
Date: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 - 11:21 PM ET
Website Address: http://www.castpics.net/LoadData/Freebies/RM/Alliant.html

Link above to the old Hercules/Alliant manuals 1992-2010 in pdf form.

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: wolfram
Date: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 - 10:34 AM ET
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The jacketed bullet is not a good candidate for use in the .38 special at low vel using fast burning charges. The reason is friction in the bbl. In the extreme you may get a bullet stuck in the barrel. Generally you just get big velocity swings.

Better off using cast lead bullets or a bigger charge of a slower powder like Unique if you must the the JSPs.

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: big joe
Date: Wed, May 01, 2013 - 04:10 PM ET
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Thanks RCL323 and Wolfram for the link and info... I also have a .357 rifle so I probably wont be using jacked red-dot loads in that. I have some Unique that will work for the rifle loads.

.38 special in a rifle is a lot of fun..VERY quiet Joe

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Subject: Help with a .38 special load .....Red Dot
From: CalvinMD
Date: Wed, May 01, 2013 - 04:37 PM ET
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Use 3gr of RedDot under any 158 and always got nice quiet and very accurate loads,..absolutely deadly in my model 15 Smith

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