Just got a 38 snubbie, and was wondering what was the prefered loadings. I don't buy loaded ammo so reloads only.
Right now I loaded up some 125gr XTP's as I have them on hand. Loaded 10 with a standard charge, and 10 with a +P charge to try. I also loaded some 158's as well, but thinking they won't work too well with the short barrel 38. I have TONS of 158 grain cast for practice that are a mild load. I loaded them to practice with my GP100.
My biggest concern with the 125 gr XTP's is that they won't expand reliably with the low velocity of this gun. I was thinking maybe 110 grain loads might be better? Maybe a different brand?
Anybody out there do any testing? I don't have anywhere I can test penetration and expansion of different loads.
wow almost a hour and no one chimed in on how "bad" reloads are for selp protection. baloney! i say, IF it would ever come down to it and I had to use deadly force I wouldnt really care what I was shooting as long as it was effective. BTW I shoot bulk 125gr JHP's
It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
I use a Speer 158 gr. LSWC Hpt. with a CCI 550 Mag. primer and 10.0 gr. of Alliant 2400 in a S&W Mod 36. I've gone to 11.0 grs. of Alliant 2400 in a S&W Mod. 10. Not an everyday load for a snub 38 Special but good for serious social shooting. The 11.0 gr. load is basically a +P+ load in a 38 Special and chronographed in the S&W Mod.10 w/2" bbl. at 900 fps and the soft Speer bullets do expand. Alliant 2400 is a bit old school and somewhat dirty but it will do the deed. Shoots basically to point of aim. My loads were worked up from 8.0 grs. and came about as a result of an article in <span style="font-style: italic">Handloader </span> magazine a number of years ago.
I will second not carrying reloads for self defense. In addition, you didn't say what brand and model .38 snubby you have but if it is a mod 36, do not shoot +ps in it, or the light weight. They were not made for that kind of recoil and presure and they will be damaged.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!
The difference between carrying reloads vs factory ammo??? With factory ammo you are paying someone else to make the very same ammo you can reload yourself.
That's what I was thinking. Unless there is some off the wall legal reason not to do so I will continue to roll my own. I think I can be a litle more carefull than a machine that loads thousands at a time.
I got a model Taurus 85 in all steel. No aluminum or another metal for that matter.
I pondered trying a lighter load of 2400 as I have lots, but I don't care to deviate from a loading manual. Right now I'm loading with Unique.