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.38 S&W

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by dustydog, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. dustydog

    dustydog New Member

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    :D:D Just picked up a NIB H&R 926 in .38 S&W.Anybody got a pet load for the old workhorse?Going to drop 2.7 worth of Unique in some cases with a 158 grain Keith cast out of straight lead to start,but allway experimenting!
  2. dbach

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    38 S&W? I assume you mean the short ones, not the .38 Special? I didn't even know any new guns were chambered for the .38 S&W.

    I have a .38 S&W "Lemon Squeezer" or better known as the Safety Hammerless. the gun was made between 1989 and the early 1900's. I want to say 1910 or so, but I don't remember for sure.
  3. dustydog

    dustydog New Member

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    Yep,the short one.The revolver was made back in 1982,bought about 1983,and promptly put in a sock drawer.Does not show signs of firing(YET!),and gives me an excuse to dig thru the boxes of old ammo I have and use some factory until I load some good stuff(up to a box and a half already,thankfully nothing with balloon heads).
  4. oldpapps

    oldpapps New Member

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    The few that I have loaded are with 231 powder and some (pain in the rear to cast) hollow point round nose 121 grain lead that I cast for use in a 9MM HiPower. Cast out of very soft lead, they ran .358 inch, I didn't size them and they did OK in my old Marlin revolver with .360 bore.
    The 38S&W was used up until the late 1970s or early 80s by the Postal Inspectors. It is a fun little round if you don't try to push it too hard.

    OSOK
  5. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    I use 148 grain HBWC, loaded out like a regular bullet. Put it on top of 3.0 of Unique.

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    The hollow base expands to grip the rifling. Excellent accuracy in both a 5th model Lemon Squeezer and a Perfected.
  6. dustydog

    dustydog New Member

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    Sounds interesting,Alpo!What is your oal on the loaded round,and how heavy a crimp are you using?
  7. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    OAL is 1.145. Crimp is "run your thumb-nail up the case, and if you don't feel the crimp it's enough".
  8. RJay

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    My load is almost identical to Alpo's except I like to use a little more crimp. I crimp them enough that the crimp is clearly visible. They seem to preform very well.:)
  9. dustydog

    dustydog New Member

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    Thanks,guys!Gives me an excuse to build an adjustment into the crimp die for this short lil' bugger!Also going to see how it works with the roundball load I cooked up for an old Smith quite some time ago.

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