.38 Bullet A Little Strange?

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  1. boswell2k1

    boswell2k1 New Member

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    My grandfather gave me some .38 bullets that have a flat top and only measure 6 40/100 in length. Most of the other bullets I have measure over 7 when I look at them with a caliper. Does this seem odd to anyone? I have never seen these before and I don't want to load something that is dangerous to shoot. My grandfather couldn't remember much about them.

    Thanks,
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    can you post a pic please? What diameter are they? Lead or jacketed?

    Welcome to TFF and hope we can get your question answered for ya.

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  3. boswell2k1

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    Let me get my camera out, I will take some pictures. I found another type of bullet he gave me, these were actually in the original box. They are Speer Bullets, 38 Caliber, 148 Grain, Bevel Base Wadcutter. These only measure 5 85/100 and weight 148 Grain. I'll get some pictures posted from the first post in just a few.

    Thanks,
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    wadcutters are great target bullets; they seat flush with the case mouth and cut perfect circles in paper!

    they look similar to these? :
    http://www.dardascastbullets.com/mm...roduct_Code=38148WCDBB1000&Category_Code=38WC
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  5. JLA

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    yep. they supposed to look funny. Like lead cylinders. But they are very very accurate inside of 50 yds.
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    That is them, thanks. No need to post a picture at this point I am assuming.. Any tips on seating depth? They are shorter in lenth than the bullets I am used to be loading.

    I suppose I could look this information up if nobody is sure off hand.

    Thanks for your help.
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    the reloading manuals all have data for wadcutters, most always seat flush with the case mouth. You do have to pay very particular attention to your charge weights, since so much of the bullet is in the case, volume and charge weights are reduced by quite a bit. Follow the load data and work up your load from the Min's and you'll find that they're great bullets.

    Here's a cross-sectional view, 38WC is third from left, note that it is a HBWC - hollow base wadcutter.

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  8. JLA

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    yep. seat em flush with the casemouth and use a moderate roll crimp to secure them.
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    woolly.. the is the best set of profile pics I have seen.. it helps me to double check my crimps on my 38/257.:thumbsup:
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    +1 to that. Great pictures, woolleyworm.
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    is the first on the left .38-40? Jacketed round with what appears to be ffg?
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    Id say .30 mauser with square flake european military canister propellant. Smokeless, mildly corrosive..
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    I am not familiar with it. It's loose and not compressed powder so you maybe dead on
  14. boswell2k1

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    I successfully loaded about a hundred wad cutters flush to the top of the case. Now I have a new issue though, the cases get stuck in my S&W Bodyguard after I fire. I have to get something small enough to fit inside the case to push them out of the chambers. Does anyone have any suggestions? They chamber in and out while loaded just fine.

    Thanks,
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    What charge/powder did you use? Either your load is a little hot or you need to clean your cylinder good. You shouldn't have to punch out cases; I carry a small brass punch in my range bag just in case though.
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