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« on: August 06, 2018, 10:33:17 pm »


Okay, just picked up a .38WCF Colt and am trying to find some good loads for cast bullets, staying under 1,000 fps. I have Unique, Accurate 5 on hand. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2018, 11:35:09 pm »

Is this an antique?
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2018, 12:02:52 am »

Mine is an 1898. BP only, thank you.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 11:20:26 am »

1905 Colt Bisley, tight as a drum still! So I'm not going to hot rod it, just looking for a mild load. None of my current manuals have very much in them
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 04:19:22 pm »

Deacon,
 I use 5 1/2-6.0 grs. Unique in mine with a 180 gr. bullet, mine's dated 1910. Max is 7.5 grs. But when I shoot it it's mostly B/P. Use real B/P, you'll have more fun and smile more.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2018, 08:52:37 pm »

Thanks Isom, with that nickel finish BP is now a possibility. You guys are a bad influence!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2018, 06:14:33 pm »

HOOOKED !!!  Gotcha' !  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2018, 09:06:58 am »

BP is a great choice, but if you prefer smokeless you'll find this cartridge also shines with modern propellant  Wink
The thin case mouth and slight bottleneck seals great with lighter charges of smokeless (compared to straight wall cartridges).
My favorite smokeless powder is 700X. Fairly bulky flake powder, clean & economical.

For me, I use BP for my full power loads in pre-1900 guns. Most smokeless loads are for plinking & practice (& for those modern design guns - post 1900).

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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 10:38:06 am »

I've had great success in my Uberti 1873 and Winchester 1894 with WW231 powder and a 180g cast bullet.
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 03:13:38 pm »

Thanks RM!
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« Reply #10 on: Today at 08:23:23 am »

It was 6.9g of WW231 and the 180g from Lazer-cast.  I made up about 15 test rounds with about six or seven different powders.  This combo was #4 and went into one cloverleaf from my 1892, nice recoil, no pressure signs - was almost perfect.  Shot great in the Cattleman too. I didn't even bother to test the rest of 'em.  One of the easiest load development projects ever.
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« Reply #11 on: Today at 08:31:35 am »

Don't you wish they were all that easy. Anyone used Trail Boss in this yet?
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« Reply #12 on: Today at 10:37:44 am »

I've used the TB  with a moly-lubed Bear Creek RNFP in my M1889 Marlin. Wife loves it, not too loud, predictable recoil, no mess, consistent ignition. (Boring) I prefer the 2400, nice "cra-ack" to it, recoil seemed.. manly. Couldn't give you any real bench data, from shooting sticks at about 120 yards, the 2400 can reliably nail a 5 gallon bucket. That's a deer rifle to me. Loading some FFFg up next, we'll see how the old fish gun likes the Holy Black.
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