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Loading 38 Special with Trail Boss
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 Posted: Mon Mar 3rd, 2008 01:15 AM
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Hi all,

Trying to build up some loads with Trail Boss for the .38 Special

I have 100grn SWC
           135gn SWC
           148grn BNWC
           158grn FP


They are all hardcast lead projectiles

I'm looking to load low recoil loads for fast sight recovery

Only requirement is to meet a power factor of 60,000 (which is the projectile weight multiplied by the velocity)

I have tried 3 grains behind a 100grain SWC just wondering how much lower I can go and still be safe.

I'm shooting the rounds in a s&w model 14-5 K frame with a 4" 1 in 14 twist barrel.

Any suggestions or experience would be valued.

Thanks....



 Posted: Mon Mar 3rd, 2008 01:27 AM
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Pushing a 100-grain SWC at 600fps seems like going about as low as anybody cold possibly want. Or am I missing something?



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 Posted: Mon Mar 3rd, 2008 01:30 AM
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not really....the idea is to get recoil down to a minimum to allow faster sight acquistion for what we here in aus call service pistol.

Plus out of my barrel that load does about 795fps

Im not interested in how hard a whack it packs....i just want to quickly create accurate holes in pieces of paper :D

Last edited on Mon Mar 3rd, 2008 01:30 AM by ReLoAd



 Posted: Thu Mar 6th, 2008 08:22 AM
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When using Trial Boss for .38 special my load is a 158 grain cast lead SWC, WSP primers, and 4.2 grains of Trail Boss.  Makes a nice target / practice / qualification load.  I like Trail Boss as it's "fluffy" and fills the case.  It doesn't seem to be position sensitive either.  Just my 2 cents.  :wink:



 Posted: Thu Mar 6th, 2008 09:26 AM
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sounds like an interesting load...will give that a try...might be good for a power factor load.

Thanks



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i thought they outlawed handguns in australia?



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 Posted: Sat Mar 8th, 2008 12:45 AM
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no,

handguns are still around but they have seriosuly restricted anything over .40 caliber though....you need a special permit or need to compete in something that necessitates a larger caliber like long range silhouette matches.

Basically to own a handgun you can only own one for competitive shooting or if you work in a job like armed security or similar law enforcement private sector stuff.

I have to attend a minimum of 4 official competitions per year for each category so 4 for rimfire, 4 for centrefire and if i owned an airgun 4 for that. Then clubs by laws generally regulate a minimum of once a month.

So a lot of people gave up their guns and left the sport...but since I probably shoot 2-4 matches a week I have no problems.

Certainly you can't carry a gun for self defence anywhere in australia....






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