Reload 38 / 357

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by rsmith99, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. rsmith99

    rsmith99 New Member

    Aug 23, 2012
    It's been about 25 years since I loaded 38 or 357. I have been into rifles the last few years.

    Can anyone give me suggested mild loads for 38 and 357 along with bullet preferences and sources?

  2. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Hi Ron, and welcome to the forum.

    I shoot target with a Marlin 1895 rifle. (centerfire revolvers are illegal over here thanks to a liberal government with gun-grabbing tendencies and knee-jerk laws.)

    My pet load is 4.0-4.2 gr. Titegroup, 158 grain round nose flat point bullet, with CCI or Federal primers.

  3. Bud0505

    Bud0505 Member

    Dec 5, 2011
    I enjoy shooting 148 gr WC (Mastercast) with 2.8 grs Bullseye in my .38 spl. Good mild load and very accurate.
  4. John1 S

    John1 S New Member

    May 6, 2010
    I shoot a S&W 357 and my load is 5.0 gr. of 700X with a 158 gr HP. And for cast bullets 3.5 gr of 700 X the 146 gr bullet. Using a 357 case. Will work ina 38 case all so.
  5. Agreed on the 148 wadcutter load and for my 158 gr LSWC I like 3.5 gr Bullseye.

    For the magnum with same 158 gr LSWC bullet I like 6.5 gr Bullseye. Not a barn burner but nice and accurate. I'll leave the hot loads for the factory stuff.
  6. JohnnyFlake

    JohnnyFlake New Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Henderson, Nevada
    For .38 spl. I like Cast 158gn RNFP over 4.0gn of either W231 or Unique. Both with give you about 800fps out of a 4" barrel and they are very accurate loads.

    For the .357 I like the same bullet over 14.0gn of 2400.It's not a high end .357 load but it will produce about 1200fps and it's accurate.

    Also, a BIG WELCOME!!!
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  7. Big Chevy

    Big Chevy Member

    Mar 10, 2012
    S.W. Florida
    Welcome to the forum Ron
  8. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    +1 on the 2400, 14gr is a good accurate load for the 357
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2012
  9. Clipper

    Clipper Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Amarillo, TX
    Invest in a new manual, it might not be as cheap as info from these lads (all great guys,I might add) but there is loads (pun intended) more stuff for you to relearn on pistol loads....
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