38 special

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by mtnman05, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. mtnman05

    mtnman05 New Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    About to start reloading some 38 special for high volume target shooting. Just curious what your favorite 38 powders are? Was thinking about giving Unigue a try and I can always use it in my 44 magnum target loads too.
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Unique is very good, I've been using Titegroup over the past few months and it's my go to powder for 148gr wadcutters and 158gr SWC's. It's outperformed any other loads I've shot.

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Gotta second the titegroup as well. I really like in the .357 magnum target loads
  4. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I use Accurate Powder No.2 148gr DEWC; 3.6grs. for 764fps.
  5. Orin

    Orin Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Florida, USA
    I'm also interested in this thread. New enuff to only have one powder - Unique - cuz its a prime for my favorite, the .44spl. But its not listed as the fav for .38. Seems Bullseye is. Yet none of you mentioned that powder.
    As an aside, I read a thread about Unique having changed its formulation so as to be cleaner yet still using the old recipes. I'm interested in downloading for easier target shooting. Also, my wife has probs with recoil. She helps pay the bills so I listen to her!
  6. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Unique is a good powder, I used it for years. I have also used Accurate #5, Bullseye, and Winchester 231. I haven't decided which one is best, yet - so I am no help at all.:rolleyes::D
  7. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    First powder I ever loaded with was Unique. I've not seen any reason to change. I use Bullseye and AA#2 in 32 ACP, since the cases are so small. Use Titegroup in 38/40 and 44 Russian, since when I started with those I couldn't find any Unique loads. Use 296/H110 (same powder, different names) in my 357s and 44 magnums and 454 Casull. Use Unique in every other pistol caliber I load - 25 ACP, 32 S&WL, 32/20, 32 H&R, 38 S&W, 38 Special, 380, 9mm Mak, 9mm Luger, 40 Smith, 41 magnum, 44 Special, 44/40, 45 AR, 45 ACP an 45 Colt. Also use it in 12 and 16 gauge shotshell and in highpower rifles when shooting cast bullets. It is an excellent powder.
  8. BobMcG

    BobMcG Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    For my .38 target load needs, my most used go to powders are Unique and Bullseye. 700X will do in a pinch though.
  9. mtnman05

    mtnman05 New Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    What about Alliant Power Pistol? anyone used it in their 38 loads?
  10. vulcrider

    vulcrider Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Try Clay's Universal. Meters a lot like Unique and burns cleaner.
  11. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    Bullseye and WW231 for me. Either one produces loads more accurate than I can shoot.
  12. doug66

    doug66 Member

    Jan 29, 2005
  13. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    New Mexico
    Bullseye, Unique, Titegroup, 231, Accurate #5 all have worked for me.
  14. Warith

    Warith Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    Belton, Mo
    I use bullseye, HS6, autocomp, and power pistal for all my loads realy liken the bullseye for the 38.
  15. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Prolly one of the most popular loads for .38 Spec. 148 gr. WC is 2.9 -3.1 gr. Bullseye. I used 3.0 gr for a looooong time under 148 gr DEWC. (BTW, I googled "38 Special target loads using Bullseye powder" and got a few hundred hits...)
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