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38 Special +P, all bullet weights
BulletPowder WeightPowderVelocityOALPrimerSource
110gr JHP 5.0 grBullseye 1,175 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.5 gr

Pressure: 17,400

110gr JHP 4.2 grRed Dot 1,040 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.8 gr

Pressure: 17,500

110gr JHP 4.8 grGreen Dot 1,100 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.3 gr

Pressure: 17,400

110gr JHP 5.9 grUnique 1,160 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.3 gr

Pressure: 17,500

110gr JHP 6.5 grPower Pistol 1,200 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.9 gr

Pressure: 17,100

110gr JHP 5.9 grHerco 1,150 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.3 gr

Pressure: 17,500

110gr JHP 8.2 grBlue Dot 1,205 fps1.43" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 7.4 gr

Pressure: 16,800

125gr XTP 7.8 grHS6 1,138 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 7.0 gr

Pressure: 19,500 CUP

125gr XTP 5.4 grUniversal 1,072 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.9 gr

Pressure: 18,900 CUP

125gr XTP 5.3 grHP38 1,018 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.8 gr

Pressure: 19,800 CUP

125gr XTP 5.0 grTiteGroup 1,069 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.5 gr

Pressure: 18,700 CUP

125gr JSP 4.8 grBullseye 1,090 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.3 gr

Pressure: 17,500

125gr JSP 4.1 grRed Dot 965 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.7 gr

Pressure: 17,000

125gr JSP 4.6 grGreen Dot 1,015 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 17,500

125gr JSP 5.6 grUnique 1,070 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr

Pressure: 17,500

125gr JSP 6.3 grPower Pistol 1,165 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.7 gr

Pressure: 17,200

125gr JSP 5.8 grHerco 1,050 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.2 gr

Pressure: 16,900

125gr JSP 7.5 grBlue Dot 1,065 fps1.445" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 6.8 gr

Pressure: 16,900

125gr JHP 9.5 grHS7 1,244 fps1.435" Win SP guest
1244 Hodgdon’s figure. 1067 FPS in my 1 7/8 inch S&W Scandium.

125gr XTP 7.0 grLongshot 1,228 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 6.3 gr
Velocity from a 7.7" barrel.

Pressure: 18,300 PSI

125gr JHP 10.0 grIMR SR 4756 1,276 fps CCI SP guest
This Golden Saber was taper crimped just ahead of the driving band. MV clocked out of a 4" Mod 66.

125gr JHP 14.5 gr2400 Unknown CCI SP guest
Hot! +P++! Start at 14.5 and work up. Use only in a Colt New Service Shooting Master .38 Special or equivalent heavy frame. This load is too stiff for a S&W M-19 or a Ruger Service Six although an S&W M-28 can take it all day. I use jacketed semi wadcutter hollow points (JSWCHP, but that selection wasn’t available above). I have gone to 16 grains, but backed off to 14.8.

Admin note: This should only be used in 357 Magnum revolvers

125gr LFP 4.5 grVithavuori N320 900 fps1.417" Fed SP guest
Give 900 fps in 2" snub. A bit hefty for the smaller guns,but good for 4" or more for steel-plate popping in revolver-class IPSC

140gr XTP 12.4 grH4227 1,121 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 11.2 gr

Pressure: 19,400 CUP

140gr XTP 7.0 grHS6 992 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 6.3 gr

Pressure: 18,300 CUP

140gr XTP 5.1 grUniversal 1,022 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.6 gr

Pressure: 19,100 CUP

140gr XTP 4.9 grHP38 892 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.4 gr

Pressure: 18,600 CUP

140gr XTP 4.6 grTiteGroup 984 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 19,300 CUP

140gr XTP 6.4 grLongshot 1,126 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.8 gr
Velocity from a 7.7" barrel.

Pressure: 17,700 PSI

140gr JHP 5.5 grBullseye 975 fps Fed SP guest
Velocity measured from a 2-inch barrel Taurus Model 85. This is an outstanding load, and turns (solid steel) short barrel 38 Special revolvers into real self-defense tools. Also a great load for ultra-light 357 magnum revolvers where less recoil is desired. Developed by my good friend David Gross of Farribault, MN

Note: this is actually a +P+ load, and a tight crimp is recommended.

146gr JHP 5.7 grLongshot 1,036 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.1 gr
Velocity from a 7.7" barrel, Speer JHP.

Pressure: 17,400 PSI

150gr LSWC-HP 5.0 grunique 1,100 fps CCI SP guest
 

158gr XTP 11.0 grH4227 964 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 9.9 gr

Pressure: 17,600 CUP

158gr XTP 6.6 grHS6 926 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.9 gr

Pressure: 18,700 CUP

158gr XTP 4.7 grUniversal 837 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.2 gr

Pressure: 19,200 CUP

158gr XTP 4.6 grHP38 807 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 18,100 CUP

158gr XTP 4.3 grTiteGroup 905 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 3.9 gr

Pressure: 19,300 CUP

158gr LSWC 3.8 grBullseye 945 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.4 gr

Pressure: 17,200

158gr LSWC 3.2 grRed Dot 855 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 2.9 gr

Pressure: 16,800

158gr LSWC 3.7 grGreen Dot 910 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.3 gr

Pressure: 17,200

158gr LSWC 4.5 grUnique 950 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 17,100

158gr LSWC 4.7 grHerco 965 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.2 gr

Pressure: 17,300

158gr LSWC 6.3 grBlue Dot 995 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.7 gr

Pressure: 17,000

158gr LSWC 7.8 gr2400 1,035 fps1.42" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 7.0 gr

Pressure: 17,400

158gr XTP 5.5 grLongshot 965 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr
Velocity from a 7.7" barrel.

Pressure: 17,000 PSI

158gr LSWC 13.5 gr2400 1,301 fps CCI SP guest
This is one of Elmer Keith’s tradional loads. The Oregon Trails Laser Cast bullet was seated in the upper crimping groove with a taper crimp.

Admin note: This is a very hot load that should only be used in 357 Magnum revolvers

158gr JHP 4.5 grAlliant Bullseye 800 fps1.5" Fed SPM guest
Derived from Speer No. 10 data and adjusted for current Alliant product. Speer stopped listing +P data in .38 Special for heavier bullets due to risk of sticking them in the bore. This isn’t a problem in a 2" barrel. I use these loads in a Ruger SP101 - I DO NOT RECOMMEND this load for J or K frame S&Ws, as it exceeds industry +P pressure, but it works fine in the Ruger snubbies and burns clean.

158gr LTC 4.1 grClays 900 fps1.470" Fed SP guest
S&W M681 4 inch. National bullet. Power factor approx 146.

158gr LTC 4.5 grClays 950 fps1.470" Fed SP guest
S&W M681 4 inch. 6 shot string-Hi: 955 Lo: 936 SD 9.0 CV: .95 MAD: 7.6 CV: .80 Extreme Spread: 19.6 Avg: 946 Power Factor 150

158gr TMJ 7.3 grHodgdon HS6 929 fps1.450" Fed SPM guest
S&W M681 4 inch barrel. Excellent accuracy --1 inch at 25 yds off sandbag rest. Berry’s TMJ bullet

Admin Note: Hodgdon max 6.6gr

160gr JSP 3.7 grBullseye 820 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.3 gr

Pressure: 17,100

160gr JSP 3.3 grRed Dot 750 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.0 gr

Pressure: 17,400

160gr JSP 3.6 grGreen Dot 770 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.2 gr

Pressure: 17,300

160gr JSP 4.4 grUnique 885 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.0 gr

Pressure: 17,100

160gr JSP 4.9 grPower Pistol 880 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.4 gr

Pressure: 17,300

160gr JSP 4.6 grHerco 835 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 17,200

160gr JSP 6.3 grBlue Dot 905 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.7 gr

Pressure: 17,400

160gr JSP 7.8 gr2400 910 fps1.435" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 7.0 gr

Pressure: 17,500

168gr LSWC 5.0 grUNIQUE Unknown CCI SP guest
NIFTY LITTLE WALKING AROUND LOAD, AND CHEAP TO SHOOT. One hole groups at 15 yards, hit an orange every time at 25. Lyman 358429 mould sized .358, crimp on gtoove.

170gr JHC 5.3 grLongshot 939 fps1.455" WSP Hodgdon
Suggested starting load: 4.8 gr
Velocity from a 7.7" barrel. Sierra JHC.

Pressure: 17,800 PSI

173gr LSWC 13.5 gr2400 1,326 fps1.48" WSP Admin
+P+ load!
Elmer Keiths 38/44 Heavy Duty 38 Special load. This load should ONLY be used in 357 Magnums even though it uses a 38 Special case. Using the Dry Creek Bullets 173gr LSWC in 38 Special cases this round works great in my GP100 and M27 and is very accurate.

173gr LSWC 5.5 grUnique Unknown CCI SP guest
velocity is 900-1000+ from 4-6" barrels using an original 358429

200gr LRN 3.3 grBullseye 795 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.0 gr

Pressure: 17,100

200gr LRN 2.9 grRed Dot 750 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 2.6 gr

Pressure: 17,000

200gr LRN 3.2 grGreen Dot 775 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 2.9 gr

Pressure: 17,100

200gr LRN 3.7 grUnique 800 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.3 gr

Pressure: 17,100

200gr LRN 4.0 grHerco 825 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 3.6 gr

Pressure: 17,000

200gr LRN 5.5 grBlue Dot 885 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr

Pressure: 17,100

200gr LRN 7.1 gr2400 890 fps1.54" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 6.4 gr

Pressure: 17,500

200gr LRN 5.5 grUnique 900 fps CCI SP guest
extremely accurate from 4" S&W M66, powerful load only use in +p rated revolvers

90gr JHP 5.5 grBullseye 1,340 fps1.41" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.0 gr

Pressure: 17,000

90gr JHP 4.5 grRed Dot 1,245 fps1.41" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.1 gr

Pressure: 17,000

90gr JHP 5.1 grGreen Dot 1,260 fps1.41" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 4.6 gr

Pressure: 16,900

90gr JHP 6.3 grUnique 1,300 fps1.41" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.7 gr

Pressure: 16,800

90gr JHP 6.5 grHerco 1,310 fps1.41" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 5.9 gr

Pressure: 17,100

90gr JHP 9.1 grBlue Dot 1,345 fps1.41" Fed 100 Alliant
Suggested starting load: 8.2 gr

Pressure: 16,900

95gr JHP 5.8 grBullseye 1,104 fps Win SP guest
Nice 38spl +P load that shoots well out of my 2 1/4" Ruger SP101. Bullet is Remington 95gr JHP

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