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Charlie Harley, #14153

Smokeless powders for 38-55?

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I’m working up some hunting loads for my 38-55 Sharps.  I have lots of 220 grain jacketed soft point pills, and am looking for thoughts from those who get double duty from their guns.

 

Yes, it shoots great with Goex and a postell, but feels down right anemic if a deer were the target instead of a gong.

 

I appreciate any thoughts the Wire might have.

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What is the max chamber pressure your rifle is rated for?

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I use Trail Boss and Unique. 

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Posted (edited)

Charlie - I guess you forgot in the FAQ Forum, there is a link for more smokeless powder reloads  that you will ever use. BOOK MARK IT

 

http://stevespages.com/375_5.html

Here are the 220gr bullet reloads

AA-2015 From 28.8 grains to 32.0 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

AA-2495 From 34.2 grains to 38.0 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

AA-5744 From 21.2 grains to 23.5 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

H-4198 From 22.7 grains to 27.3 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

IMR-3031 From 29.9 grains to 34.7 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

IMR-4198 From 24.6 grains to 26.4 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

N-130 From 24.1 grains to 27.4 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

RL-7 From 29.6 grains to 31.9 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

Scott 3032 From 33.0 grains to 35.4 grains

Winchester WLR Primer

 

Winchester WLR Primer

 

And if you want to look up powder charge by caliber BY VENDOR RELOADS ... Cast Pics - Load Look Up by Powder ... 501 Pages of Data

 

 

Edited by John Boy
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Posted (edited)
32 minutes ago, John Boy said:

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Edited by Sedalia Dave

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10 grns Unique will do the job quite well. 

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I'm real partial to 3031 in the .38-55 and .30-30.

I cast my own bullets too. A 250 grain cast RNFP using 30 grains of 3031 has worked real nice for me. 

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I use Reloader 7 to push 249 gr. bullets out the barrel of my Two Winchester 94s at just over 1,900 Fps ... 

One Using bullets Sized .381 is made in 1895 ,,, and has a 26 inch tube ...

The other uses Bullets Sized .379 and was made in 1980 with a 20 inch. barrel...

Neither load in either Gun reaches SAMMI max. pressure levels ....

 

Jabez Cowboy

 

Edited by Jabez Cowboy,SASS # 50129

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Like HJ said 5744 is what mine likes!!!!!!

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