38 Special Reloads

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by perry, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. perry

    perry New Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Have been reloading 38's for a while but always with cast bullets, lube included. I came across a couple of boxes of Berry's 158 gr FP bullets. Problem is they are smooth, no place to crimp to. Can these still be used with 38 Special cartrides and used in a revolver?
  2. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay New Member

    May 26, 2009
    Central CT

    some will say neck tension alone is sufficient. for heavy powder loads [+P] i would apply a moderate taper crimp. besides safe to fire in a glock, plated are often chosen when a reloader wants to replicate a SD round but not spend big on plated bullets. plating can separate from the lead core under high pressure/ high velocity--so keep crono & check the bbl for obstructions when firing new 'hot' loads.

  3. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Yup. Will be no problem using them in your revolver reloads. I wouldn't use a non-cannelured bullet in reloads for a lever-action rifle though (or any tube magazine setup).

    The .38Spcl doesn't have much recoil with cast-bullet loads so bullet creep from recoil shouldn't be a problem. Like Claude posted, you can do a slight crimp on them to help hold them in place if you wish though.
    Those particular Berry's 158 FPs are just plated lead bullets, not jacketed. Load them using cast-bullet data not jacketed data.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2010
  4. bucksnducks

    bucksnducks New Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    To make sure they aren't creeping on you, you might want to load up a dozen or so and fire about 4 and check the remaining ones in the cylinder with your caliper.
    Do it twice to make sure and you should be all set.
  5. Ranb

    Ranb Former Guest

    Jan 24, 2010
    WA, USA
    The Speer reloading manual states that a crimp will make for more consistant velocities even if it is not needed to keep the bullet from jumping foward in the case under recoil. I would crimp it lightly even without the crimping groove.

  6. perry

    perry New Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Thanks for the info. I will be reloading a few today.
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