380/200

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    omega252
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    (1/24/02 6:08:13 pm)
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    I recently purchased an old military and police S&W revolver in .38 S&W cal. in very good condition.

    I am interested in developing a load with 200 gr. bullets to duplicate the original Brittish .380/200 load.

    Do any of us know of a source of 200 gr. lead bullets in .358-.360 dia.? Also any data that might be offered would be appriciated. Thanks
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    Xracer
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    (1/25/02 9:37:35 am)
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    I don't know of any source for .38/200 bullets.....you might have to cast your own.

    That round was a slow moving one......630 fps with a muzzle energy of 176 ft./lb. for the military load.

    Assuming you can find the bullets, I'd start with 2.5-3 gr. of Bullseye.

    a81492
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    (2/26/02 1:59:26 pm)
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    Sounds like an interesting project. Believe that this caliber normally used a heel-based (2 diameters, stepped) configuration bullet.......... next to extinct supply. Might possibly find a custom caster to tackle the task.

    Have heard of others using hollow-based WC's (sized .358 w/ moderate load of a fast burner propellant) getting adequate results in these old timers. FWIW.

    Good luck w/that critter
    best,
    joey


    Hangfire
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    (2/26/02 5:21:42 pm)
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    I'm pretty sure I have an old carton of 200gr. .358 swc. I'll check when I get home tonight.

    Hangfire
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    (2/26/02 7:08:46 pm)
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    The one's I have are sized .357. They came from Colorado Cast Bullet out of Montrose, CO. 303-249-4227

    Bonus Bullets in Canon City, CO has 200gr FP sized 358
    bonusbullets.com

    Good luck

    SW Man
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    (3/4/02 6:52:45 pm)
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    First, it is a 38/200 NOT a 380/200. I have quite a few of these including some of the actual british guns. I have been looking for a source for a .360 bullet in a 200gn configuration for it that would work as I like to restore ammunition to factory specs. At this point in time I am having a custom made mold made that is in the original configuration. Seems to be the only way to get the bullet. I found some.357 200gn bullets, but they were designed for using in a rifle in 38 or 357 caliber and were too long for the 38S&W.
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