.38 Special load recipe – for plinking, using Berry’s bullets and Titegroup powder – version 1.1

So I have my original .38 Special plinking load.

I realized after loading a bunch that the powder drop was actually dropping 3.7 grains of Titegroup. I’m on the really low end of things so I didn’t think it’d make that much of a difference, but I swore one time at the range those loads felt a little snappier. So I reloaded a bunch more .38 making sure to load it at 3.5 grains.

At the range this morning I tried out both loads side-by-side. I don’t have any chrono results, but I can say I felt a hint more snap in the 3.7 grains vs. the 3.5 grains. And there’s something that wants to say the 3.7 might have been a hair more accurate, but I didn’t have enough on hand to really make that determination.

Nevertheless, 3.5 or 3.7 didn’t make too much practical difference in how things felt. I’m going to run my supply down (should be easy with next month’s snub class), and when I begin .38 loads again, I’m going to try it at the 3.7 grains and see how it goes.

Anyway, at this point I’m pretty satisfied with my .38 recipe. I’m sure I’ll experiment more in the future, different powders, different bullets, different lengths and so on. But for now, what I have works and is good enough to go forward.

5 thoughts on “.38 Special load recipe – for plinking, using Berry’s bullets and Titegroup powder – version 1.1

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  2. I just bought my first can of Titegroup and have been using it to reload some .38 which I intend for a .357. But my Lyman book says that the safe window for .38 with a 125gr jacketed bullet (I’ve Berry’s 124 copper plated atop 4.3 grains of TG) is only .6 grains and I’m starting to have enough qualms about my load to begin thinking in terms of bullet pullers.
    Anyone have any thoughts about this situation?

    • You could try calling Berry’s. I did that and they were most helpful. Reason is, their bullets, due to their design, have some limits on how fast and hard they can actually be pushed. So if you call them, they may be able to give you some insight. I did this some years ago and they were most helpful… not sure how they’re customer service is rolling today, but again, can’t hurt to give a call and see.

      • Your response is appreciated! My big worry is about pressure levels. I don’t think there’ll be much problem fitting hot .38’s in a .357, but that’s not accounting for what the brass will stand. So my plan is that the bullet must come out, but how? Down range or into the bullet puller reservoir……

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