38 special

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

  1. mtnman05

    mtnman05 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Messages:
    41
    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 Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    4,963
    Location:
    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

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    18,271
    Location:
    Heart Of Texas
    Gotta second the titegroup as well. I really like in the .357 magnum target loads
  4. carver

    carver Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2008
    Messages:
    17,218
    Location:
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of East Texas, just we
    I use Accurate Powder No.2 148gr DEWC; 3.6grs. for 764fps.
  5. Orin

    Orin Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2011
    Messages:
    126
    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

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2007
    Messages:
    11,942
    Location:
    Northeast 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

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    11,589
    Location:
    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

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,296
    Location:
    Somewhere in the Twilight Zone.
    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

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Messages:
    41
    What about Alliant Power Pistol? anyone used it in their 38 loads?
  10. vulcrider

    vulcrider Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    Messages:
    72
    Location:
    Ohio
    Try Clay's Universal. Meters a lot like Unique and burns cleaner.
  11. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2006
    Messages:
    1,073
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    Bullseye and WW231 for me. Either one produces loads more accurate than I can shoot.
  12. doug66

    doug66 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Messages:
    538
    Location:
    Kansas
    Bullseye
  13. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    Messages:
    623
    Bullseye, Unique, Titegroup, 231, Accurate #5 all have worked for me.
  14. Warith

    Warith Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Messages:
    289
    Location:
    Belton, Mo
    I use bullseye, HS6, autocomp, and power pistal for all my loads realy liken the bullseye for the 38.
  15. mikld

    mikld Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2009
    Messages:
    905
    Location:
    Oregon
    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...)
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Why such a large foot pound difference - 38 Special Vs. 357 mag? Oct 3, 2014
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Loading for a tight chamber 38 special - S&W Model 36 (1976) Sep 17, 2014
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Anyone Else Notice The Price Of 38 Special Going Up Aug 30, 2014
The Ammo & Reloading Forum 150 grain Keith Type 38 Special need load data Aug 28, 2014
The Ammo & Reloading Forum .357 Mag/.38 Special Powder Question Aug 5, 2014

Share This Page