.38 special and 2400

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by buckey, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. buckey

    buckey Member

    Apr 12, 2009
    Anyone use Allient 2400 with 158 gr jacketed bullets in their .38 specials,Also H110 or Win. 296. These loads will be used in modern K15 S&Ws.
    Thanks IN advance..........................buckey
  2. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007

    Those powders and 158 gr. bullets are great.... for hot loads in a .357. They are not so great in any .38 spec.

  3. rg1

    rg1 Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    Highly recommend to NOT use those slow powders in a .38. Blue Dot powder is too slow and it's faster than 2400-296-H110. You'll get wild velocity variations and possibly even a blooper load with a bullet stuck in the barrel. Seems that the primer force and powder ignition starts the bullet moving creating a much larger space for the slow powder to burn in which creates low pressure and velocity. Even a heavy bullet crimp won't help. I've seen these slow powders used and actually seen the bullets leave the barrel and land 20-30 feet away, followed shortly by one stuck in the barrel. Like I said, even Blue Dot is too slow for .38 special and I'd stay with the faster pistol powders even with 158gr. bullets.