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Since I retired I have done a lot of reloading for both .38 and 9mm. I have done a lot of testing with a Ransom rest and offer this suggestion from what I have learned. About all you can get anymore that I have had success with is either 3D or Precision Delta 148 wadcutters. Start with 3.0 gr. of 231 go one/tenth of a grain at a time to a max of 3.3 gr. and see which shoots best in your gun. The barrel has a lot to do with which shoots best. Having built at least 20 PPC guns I can tell you that one gun may shoot 3.0 gr. of 231 the best, but another gun (even from the same barrel blank) will shoot 3.2 or 3.3 better. Be patient and give each load a fair chance. I shot a 239-18X match 3 this year using 3.0 gr. of 231 with Can-O-Lead wadcutters I had from years ago.I AM ABOUT 25 YEARS OUT OF NATIONAL COMPETITION.I WAS 15 AT MISS. IN 79. I AM GETTING BACK ON A LOCAL LEVEL ONLY.THE STANDARD POWDER WAS 2.7 GR OF B E WITH 148 GR HBWC . WIN 321 STARTED TO BE USED A LITTLE IN 79. WHAT IS THE PROS AND CONS OF BOTH NOW? I HAVE BEEN USING 321 IN MY 45 AND IT SHOOTS GOOD. I DO NOTICE UNBURNT POWDER WHEN I AM SHOOTING THE 38. I DO NOT HAVE A RASUM REST ANY MORE TO CHECK GROOP SIZE. THE 38 IS MY MOST CONSERN. I AM SHOOTING A S&W 686. THANKS FOR ANY HELP.
RolySwitch over to the 100 gr SWC with 2-2.4 grs of WST and don't look back! You can purchase them now with the Hi-Tek bullet lube from www.xmetaltargets.com they call them the Mosquito bulllet! You will not be disappointed.
Lane579I've always used either Zero or Speer 148 HBWC with 2.7 of Bullseye out of my Davis model 67. Don't have any plans of changing...BUT...I have a 6" 686 that has been real particular. All this talk of 100gr SWC has me interested...