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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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38 special loads for snubbie

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.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 11:45 PM
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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

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.
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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

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.

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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

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.




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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

I shoot factory 135gr +P Gold Dots out of my Titanium .38spl. (when being carried)

I shoot 158gr SWC cast bullets with a couple grains of Unique for play.

A lot of arguments for/against using home rolled for personal protection. Me personaly, I'm sticking to factory for that job.

This is coming from a person who HATES buying factory ammo.

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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

Speer 38 Special +P, 135 gr., Gold Dot JHP (#23921). This self defense ammo is designed specifically for short barrel (less than 3") handguns.

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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

I was given several boxes of 38SPL.+P 125. JHP Personal Protection several years ago. As soon I shoot them all I will be making some reloads.

I don't have any problem with reloads for personal protection which I have proven to be reliable and accurate. After all I do each and every one myself. If I can't trust me who can I trust????

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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

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.

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Re: 38 special loads for snubbie

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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.

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125 gr. JHP.

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