.38 special and 2400

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

  1. buckey

    buckey Member

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    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

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    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

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    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.