Ammo for a 40 year old 38 S&W

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by njtrainman, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Kestral

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    Ive just reloaded 1000rds ( plus 40 for testing before hand ) 38s/w using 38.357 flat point R/N lead bullets weight 160 grn, which doesn`t need to go through the resizer and 2.6 grn shotgun powder.I fired them from a target sighted Parker Hale converted Victory model,and at 25yrds I was very surprised at how well they shot. Recoil very pleasant,and no primer pressures.I am using a selection of both nickel & brass cases of various makes,and about one in 30 or so bullets are a bit lose in the case,all the others are a good tight fit.Makes shooting this calibre very reasonable price wise,and also very enjoyable.Maybe someone has a batch of empties they dont want for you to give them a try.
  2. Alpo

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    I use 148 grain HBWC. I load them to the same overall length of 150 grain RN, and use 150 grain data. I believe the hollow base will expand and grip the rifling. Seems like shooting a 357 bullet down a 361 bore would not be very accurate. Although I've had several people say they do it and it's fine, just like Kestral did. The results are great with mine, although, since I've never slugged the barrels, they might all have 357 bores.

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  3. Kestral

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    Ive been wondering Alpo about the w/c bullet in the 38s/w,& after seeing yours I will give them a try.I also purchased from our local Magtech supplier some hollow base 158 grn R/N bullets finished in a very dark grey almost black finish quoted for 38spec which also give a very good result at 25 yrds.They are supplied in bags of 250,might be worth a try as the price was very reasonable.The main box was labeled LOT 204001, if there are more than one type.I also find I can turn out a lot more 38s/w per hour than 38 spec, if its quantity you need in a Ltd time.
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    you can trim 38 sp cases and load accordingly . for factory loads check out sportsmans guide.com
  6. michaeljan

    michaeljan New Member

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    Do you still have the 38 S&W ammo?
  7. hamilton40

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    Hi everyone
    I am sorry I was on here a few months ago but after that I had computer problems and I lost all of my info and my log in info. Anyway I see a few people asking about this ammo. Yes it is still available. I have over 1100 rounds and it is all factory ammo not reloads and yes the W38SWP is the Winchester ammo made for .38S&W
  8. glenb50

    glenb50 New Member

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    I am intrested in the amo for the older smith an wesson revolver. my pistol is a 38 cal. and is 40 plus years old. It uses the 38 stubs. email glenb50@hotmail.com or cell 360 556 3436 home 360 249 4033.

    Glen
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  10. vytoland

    vytoland New Member

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    midway has all the 38 S&W ammo you want.
  11. glenb50

    glenb50 New Member

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    am intrested in amo for .38 s&w pistol.they are called .38 shorts. the case is only 3/4 in.long. ph 360 556 3436. glenb50
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