158 gr SWC loads

Joined: September 1st, 2007, 7:02 am

February 3rd, 2009, 10:31 pm #1

Just picked a bunch up and was curious what everyone was using. I'm using W231, and have had great success with 2.9gr under a 148gr DWC. I'm thinking going up to 3.0 or 3.1 grs for the 158 should work just fine. Thoughts?

-Jenrick
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February 3rd, 2009, 11:17 pm #2

3.3 WST , OR 3.1 231 WILL DO YOU JUST FINE.
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Joined: August 28th, 2013, 9:41 pm

February 5th, 2016, 3:39 pm #3

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March 12th, 2016, 4:22 am #4

3.1 of 231
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May 21st, 2016, 3:39 am #5

3.3 bullseye
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Joined: January 22nd, 2012, 7:12 pm

May 23rd, 2016, 1:05 am #6

Just picked a bunch up and was curious what everyone was using. I'm using W231, and have had great success with 2.9gr under a 148gr DWC. I'm thinking going up to 3.0 or 3.1 grs for the 158 should work just fine. Thoughts?

-Jenrick
Your too light for the 158 swc. Those loads are for 148 wadcutters.
You want to up your load to 4.0 grains of 231 for the 158 grainers.

this is a swaged 158 gr wadcutter from a Mod. 14 S&W at 50 yards.

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Joined: February 15th, 2012, 5:11 pm

June 2nd, 2016, 1:59 pm #7

I was trying some Hornady 158 gr. RNLs in my Clark PPC yesterday and 4.0 grs 231 was shooting pretty good. I left it sighted in for HBWCs since I'm still refining the load.

Six shots at 25 yards.

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Joined: August 28th, 2013, 9:41 pm

July 16th, 2016, 2:54 am #8

4.0 of 231 works good for me too
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Joined: November 13th, 2016, 7:50 pm

November 14th, 2016, 11:52 pm #9

Just picked a bunch up and was curious what everyone was using. I'm using W231, and have had great success with 2.9gr under a 148gr DWC. I'm thinking going up to 3.0 or 3.1 grs for the 158 should work just fine. Thoughts?

-Jenrick
The ultimate classic target load for cast or swagged wad cutters employing 231 powder is 3.1 grains. I'm talking about 38special.
Returning to 158grain lead SWC's, 2.9 is lacking for even FWC's. A nice cast or swagged 158grain 38 special SWC bullet using WW231 should be 3.4grains.
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Joined: August 13th, 2015, 2:22 pm

November 15th, 2016, 9:28 pm #10

I've also heeded the advice of using 4.0 grs of 231 and earned 12 more points towards my Distinguished Revolver badge this year!
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