I find the Pachmayr Compac grips on my 640 reduce the slap of full-boat .357 to less than that on my 3″ M65 (w/ wood Altamont grips) or my 4″ 686 (Pachmayr Gripper Professional grips.)
A 4 inch barrel would be my choice as well. 720* 231 (+P) 4.4 gr. I load it almost exclusively though with either a powder coated or plated 125 grn bullet. I did find a 145 grain Lead HP with a rounded ogive (like the last NyClad) on Gunbroker that opens really well if you get above 800 fps. It has been many years since I used a Lee Loader and a wooden mallet to reload 8mm Mauser. Note the dark band of lube on the 3 lead bullets. No. Clays 3.8 gr.
885 The best part about this is that not only do you never really lose your fired cases, but you they are always in great condition. No. The only reason that my standard (“everyday carry”) self-defense handgun is not a .38 Special revolver is because I can conceal a semi-auto better (it isn’t as fat as the cylinder on a revolver) and my semi-auto has 15 rounds of hard-hitting 180 grain bullets. Ideal load in a 2″ “J” Frame .38. YouTube has plenty of reloading channels or the Reloaders Network webpage has more info as well. Different colors can be used to identify different loads and since bottom of each bullet is also powder coated, there is less lead dispersed in the air at the shooting range. Caveat: I have decided that I want to be prepared for threat scenarios that include stopping a terrorist or spree-killer (the odds of which I fully recognize is statistically zero). 833 MAX I load these bullets to the edge of the shoulder and use anywhere from 3-4 grains of TB. If you can follow simple instructions, you can safely load this cartridge. 805 FPS The 9×19 case is tapered and therefore wider at the base than the .38 special is. AA #2 3.1 gr. BTW, I wish I had any one of those three revolvers today. (IMR 4227 is same as H-4227 if made in Australia)
773 fps * Also internet references 2009. 756 FPS minimum 723 (in 7" bbl)(same in 4 5/8" bbl)
The gun has appeared on TTAG before and has remained unchanged as far as accessories. Unique 4.5 gr. Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Bullseye 3.1 gr. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company, reloading booklet (1995) - - Numerous magazine Required fields are marked *. No. 794 Titegroup 3.5 gr. She ran two cylinders of 100 grain wad cutters and gave it back to me. 62 0 obj <>stream
A bullet with a copper gas check or copper plating is best for INDOOR ranges to keep lead vapors out of the air. Unique 5.6 gr. 812 minimum
I had ammo for some friends as low as 600 fps. No. I do this for my .357s but this article is about .38 Special loads. Trail Boss 4.2 gr. WAP 4.3 gr. The .44 spl. Word to the wise: all handgun cartridges (with the likely exception of .44 Magnum and maybe even .357 Magnum) are “underpowered” for self-defense.
What sort of wildlife are you thinking would be a good application for this self-defense load? (Note: These are near maximum loads (in some cases ARE MAXIMUM), you should use 10%. HP38 3.7 gr.
Think that if a .44 spl. butt 686 shipped w/ Hogue monogrips, discarded immediately due to pronounced finger grooves. Bullseye 3.6 gr. I routinely use only two powders: Trail Boss and Titegroup. 722 fps It’s hard to find those swaged SWCs and hollow point bullets anyone; it seems everyone is only interested in hard cast for velocity and penetration. .
For any loads over 900-1,000 FPS, I suggest I stopped handloading around 1985, so I’m not certain how much technology has changed in that area, but in general it sounds like our experiences are similar. Great article & thread!!! 1,019 “One cool load I’m working on is two pellets of 000 Buck.”.
Clays 2.8 gr. And it isn’t my first rodeo with a J-frame. I started with a Lee Loader for my shiny new Python .357, because all the ammo I could find (in 1968) was lead semiwadcutters, loaded so hot they sloughed off the lead in the bore, so after a box you couldn’t see any rifling, it looked like a smoothebore, and lord was it hard to clean!! IMHO .38 special is just fine for self defense, but just not enough to crack engine blocks. Recoil is subjective and I feel no difference between that and an 750-775 fps load. The other .38 Special is a 4″ Colt Diamondback. I, like Spartacus, find the SAAMI recommendations an interesting spec for comparative purposes. I’ve probably picked up 300 cases of .38 the past few months and will continue to grab them as I see them, but what’s nice is I can shoot more and put that money towards brass for .32 or .45 Colt, stuff that I never see at the range. (See note on Powders below or read all about various 755 820 load above). --- maximum. 2400 (+P) 8.0 gr. with powder UP against the primer for each shot, or DOWN on the I’ve been looking for a reason to get into reloading, and am particularly intrigued by the extremely long case life of .38 Special.
HP38 3.1 gr. ----------------------------------------- In fact, in the past I specifically sought out revolvers chambered in 38 SPL only, knowing I would never be putting a 357 Mag in it (I carried a 4″ GP100 chambered in 38 SPL as a duty sidearm in the early 90’s). Unique 3.3 gr. Have a Tritium sight and laser on it to boot. Bullseye. True Blue 3.78 gr. 231 4.0 gr. 964 (+P) CAREFUL! 5 6.0 gr. Don’t know where #1 Buckshot can be found, but the Speer shot cups and UNIQUE powder currently easy enough to find. Interesting. The 357 magnum about 45,000 psi and the std 38 special about 17,000 psi. Even slower powders may provide more consistent speeds and will 815 minimum
No. Subscribe now to get the latest news on guns, gear, gun rights, and personal defense delivered straight to your inbox daily! 231 4.5 gr. Bullseye 3.0 gr. W231* 4.0 gr. I fired 3 Remington 125 SJHP 357s from a 340 and thought i had nerve damage in my hand. Using bullets from Speer WC, … 756 (Cowboy load) Bought my small handed wife a 642. One cool load I’m working on is two pellets of 000 Buck. hi=815 lo=637 ES=178 (powder in normal positions)
N32C Tin Star 4.2 gr. These have a good profile- longer at the top where the middle finger rides, and shorter where the pinkie rests. 870* Current J frame factory grips have similar features and are made of a stiffer compound. WAP 4.5 gr. I love a nice, full-size .357 Magnum on the range because it is so easy to train new shooters on. endstream endobj 39 0 obj <> endobj 40 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> endobj 41 0 obj <>stream ---------------------------------------- A database of .38 Special handloads. Very little recoil, and grouped acceptably out to 15 yards or so. I just got some clays which I heard was very clean burning compare to bullseye. completely in the .38 and is not as critical as the faster powders like 180 grain LEAD (Truncated Cone) Flat Point It seems to burn Universal 4.4 gr. 2 3.2 gr. 681 No. *Blackhorn 209 11.7 gr. But this piece isn’t about the gun, but rather the cartridge. 926 MAX Universal 3.5 gr. Brass collection is easy since it doesn’t eject. Dont take this the wrong way; I’m guessing the average age of .38 spl fans is about my age (70). 3.) No. 696
(Hi=930 Lo= 885.4 Spread=44.2 fps) I’ve done the majority of shooting in .38 Special in my Smith & Wesson 642.
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