That would have been better, more clear.
Just my opinion here, I don't understand why you'd want to go through the effort of hand loading black powder for your .38 and not do it right. Just buy the correct brass
$20 for 100 cases
Starline Brass 38 S&W Unprimed Bag of 100 - Graf & Sons
And the correct bullets at $40/500
MISSOURI BULLET COMPANY CAST 38c (.361) 145gr RN .38 S&W 500/BX - Graf & Sons
And have yourself a lifetime supply?
I have two old IJ's I occasionally shoot and it's fun. Enjoy bringing that old girl back to life.
I have. ! And 38 S&W brass is Expnsive over here in my part of the world.He has two antique pistols, one is a Smith & Wesson chambered for .38 S&W the other one is in .38 rimfire
Thanks for being there and fast also. Yes i have used Fiocci 38. spl. Wad Cutter brass, trimmed down to right lenght. Shell casing is thinner so to avoid a too big bullet expanding the casing too much. 38Spl. was too thick walled so they didn't chamber in 38 S&W chamber. Wad cutter brass works good but somewhat more pressure lost backwards. I hope they expand a little, after some reloading. I use about 3-4 grains of black powder. Not very much but not a heavy load (I Think).Boy, it’s been a couple years since we talked about this. Glad you found a workable solution and I believe at the time we couldn’t tell where someone was from. Also don’t recall your mentioning your location. In any event, sounds like you’re good to go. My point in saying “you’ll have a lifetime supply” was that I’m pretty confident the gun(s) would shake apart long before you wore out the brass. Straight wall cases take a loooooong time to fail and with the little “bunny fart” loads you’ll be using in a 38 S&W your grandkids could be using them. Now that may be an exaggeration but you probably understand the point I was making.
That's why i use wadcutter brass. It come from factory with a very light load ( The shell is thinner).If you’re not you may want to anneal the cases. 38 Special brass will be thicker the further toward the base you get. Annealing will help soften things up and could help prevent case splitting.