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The Ultimate Reloading Manual
Wolfe Publishing Group
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The Ultimate Reloading Manual

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.38 Long Colt

.38 Long Colt
Warning! Notes: All bullets except Rapine 358.145HB cast of 1/20 tin to lead alloy. All bullets lubed with SPG. Lyman 358430 and Rapine 358.145HB sized to .358 inch. All loads put into Starline brass. All blackpowder and Pyrodex loads used CCI 550 Small Pistol Magnum primers. All smokeless loads used CCI 500 Small Pistol standard primers. All blackpowder or Pyrodex charges put into cases through a 24-inch drop tube. (Handloader Issue #204 - April/May, 2000)
Be Alert: Publisher cannot be responsible for errors in published load data.
Wt. Bullet Powder Manufacturer Powder Charge Velocity (FPS)
127 heel Rapine 380.130 GOEX FFFg Subscribe 765
Remarks: Model 1877DA 4 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 38; duplicates early factory load
127 heel Rapine 380.130 Hodgdon Pyrodex P Subscribe 760
Remarks: Model 1877DA 4 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 138; most accurate load this bullet and gun
150 hollowbase Rapine 358.145HB GOEX FFFg Subscribe 671
Remarks: Model 1877DA 4 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 56; 2nd most accurate load with this gun
150 hollowbase Rapine 358.145HB Hodgdon Pyrodex P Subscribe 715
Remarks: Model 1877DA 4 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 82
150 hollowbase Rapine 358.145HB Alliant Bullseye Subscribe 605
Remarks: Model 1877DA 4 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 62; low velocity but accurate
150 hollowbase Rapine 358.145HB GOEX FFFg Subscribe 761
Remarks: Colt Single Action Army .38 Special 5 1/2-inch barrel (circa 1950); extreme spread: 22; duplicates original factory load
150 hollowbase Rapine 358.145HB Hodgdon Pyrodex P Subscribe 777
Remarks: Colt Single Action Army .38 Special 5 1/2-inch barrel (circa 1950); extreme spread: 84
150 hollowbase Rapine 358.145HB Alliant Bullseye Subscribe 665
Remarks: Colt Single Action Army .38 Special 5 1/2-inch barrel (circa 1950); extreme spread: 48; duplicates modern factory load
150 Rapine 358.145HB GOEX FFFg Subscribe 779
Remarks: Colt Model 1861 (R&D conversion) 7 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 28; favorite load in this gun
150 Rapine 358.145HB Hodgdon Pyrodex P Subscribe 790
Remarks: Colt Model 1861 (R&D conversion) 7 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 84
150 Rapine 358.145HB Alliant Bullseye Subscribe 667
Remarks: Colt Model 1861 (R&D conversion) 7 1/2-inch barrel; extreme spread: 26; accurate and duplicates modern factory loads
154 Lyman 358430 roundnose GOEX FFFg Subscribe 691
Remarks: Colt Single Action Army .38 Special 5 1/2-inch barrel (circa 1950); extreme spread: 42; accurate
154 Lyman 358430 roundnose Hodgdon Pyrodex P Subscribe 801
Remarks: Colt Single Action Army .38 Special 5 1/2-inch barrel (circa 1950); extreme spread: 83; accurate and equals some .38 Specials
154 Lyman 358430 roundnose Alliant Bullseye Subscribe 620
Remarks: Colt Single Action Army .38 Special 5 1/2-inch barrel (circa 1950); extreme spread: 42; very mild