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2F in 38 S&W?
« on: November 12, 2023, 03:55:12 PM »
Okay, guys, here's an easy one. Can I use 2F powder in a 38 S&W? I have an 1888 made top break S&W and don't want to run smokeless in it. I have 2F on hand.
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Re: 2F in 38 S&W?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2023, 04:58:37 PM »
It would go boom for sure. You'd probably have to do some side by side paper punchin shootin to see what is more accurate. I use FF (25 grains) all of the time in my 44 Colt loadings for my three Colt conversion revolvers. Used to use FFF but Fox Creek Kid pointed out some years back that he had 'a more harmonious outcome' using FF vs FFF in the 44's. Had to do with the pressure curve/spike of the speed of the faster burning FFF, less with FF. The increased volume of powder in the 44 cases vs a smaller caliber had alot to do with it if I recall right. Accuracy wise, I've never noticed any difference. Talking my use of Goex powder by the way. Have used around 27 grains (FF) in 44 Special cases but I don't load/shoot much black in the 44 Sps.

In my 38 Special chambered Colt Conversion, all I've ever used is FFF (19 grains), have never tried FF. Supposedly the smaller volume of powder used in a smaller calibered revolver cartridge isn't as noticeable as far as the pressure curve as it is with larger ones such as the 44's. Hopefully someone on the forum has used FF in a 38 size shooter that can give ya more insight.
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Re: 2F in 38 S&W?
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2023, 11:08:32 PM »
You can load real BP 2F or 3F no problem

 

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Re: 2F in 38 S&W?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2023, 09:09:39 AM »

 :) Hi Ya Deacon  ;)

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Re: 2F in 38 S&W?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2023, 09:49:59 AM »
Ditto to Sedalia Dave and the Fabricator of pine storage boxes :)

I did use both 2FF and FFF when I loaded for my 32 top break revolvers.
Though I never ran any tests, just shot them.
I did trade both guns off along with the dyes & brass some years ago though.   
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Re: 2F in 38 S&W?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2023, 01:11:27 PM »
2Fg is coarse enough to just simply fill the case brim full and crunch in your favorite .363 RNL projectile. My children eat them regularly just fine.
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