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This is a discussion on Ruger SP101 2 " Barrel 357 Magnum Shooting ~~~~~> 38 Short Colt within the Reloading forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Rugerfanboy, I guess I'm more into traditional cartridges that are very versatile ... like a 38 Special. I load 148gr DEWCs for my 38s .... ...


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Old January 14th, 2017, 09:52 AM   #16
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Rugerfanboy, I guess I'm more into traditional cartridges that are very versatile ... like a 38 Special. I load 148gr DEWCs for my 38s .... very modest recoil, deadly accurate, eject perfectly from any revolver, super easy and cheap to reload. 38 Specials have to be about the easiest cartridge to load on my Dillon RL550. As they say .... different strokes for different folks. I'll stick with my trusty 38 Special cartridges.



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Old January 14th, 2017, 10:32 AM   #17
 
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For the first time, ever, I have to respectfully disagree with RF's premier member and expert commentator! I think the .38 Short Colt offers a few advantages: first is full ejection of spent cases from little snubbies, second is the short rounds are easier to load using a speed loader and third, the charged speed loader is smaller and easier to carry/conceal. Finally, and very importantly, what Dozermonkey said, it's something different and unique.
Very well said and I agree 100%. Plus, I'd like to add, you cant get a 38 Special to shoot as clean as my reloaded 38 Short Colt ammo with the same powder charge that I'm using in my reloaded 38 Short Colt ammo. Also, I'm getting close to the same velocity as the 38 Special and I'm using less powder. I can also shoot more 38 Short Colts than you can 38 Special between cleans. Me and the wife shoot allot, so this is a big thing for us.

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I really like the .38 SC, but it's a little on the anemic side so I hope to never have to engage a hostile target with it. That said, having .38 SC in a little revolver is much better than trying to use my cane to defend myself.
Remember, your using factory rounds that are loaded for a black powder revolver. This caliber can be loaded hotter if the reloader wants too. I still have 1.5gr of powder I could add if I wanted to go with a defense round. Plus, I have jacketed hollow points if I go that route.

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And, a little bit off-topic, I finally managed to pick up an S&W M360J yesterday. I have had one on my want list for months, mostly because they tend to quite a bit less expensive than the steel S&W's. This one looks to be unfired although it was on consignment out in Manassas. It's already been cleaned and lubed, and sure enough, it's in a pocket holster charged with five .38 SC's.
That a nice revolver. I really like small frame revolvers.

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Edited to add: I hope to see a comment here on RF about someone ordering some brass. I don't need, and could never use up, 500, but a hundred or so would be nice (plus unprimed is mailable). Someone making an order?
I still haven't place my order with Starline for some 38 Short Colt brass. I need to order asap...!!!
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Rugerfanboy, I guess I'm more into traditional cartridges that are very versatile ... like a 38 Special. I load 148gr DEWCs for my 38s .... very modest recoil, deadly accurate, eject perfectly from any revolver, super easy and cheap to reload. 38 Specials have to be about the easiest cartridge to load on my Dillon RL550. As they say .... different strokes for different folks. I'll stick with my trusty 38 Special cartridges.
I whole heartily agree plus I see your point an completely understand and respect that. Nothing wrong with traditional cartridges. I just have a broader view of diversity. But whose to say the 38 Short Colt and the 38 Long Colt weren't traditional cartridges as well since they where around long before the 38 Special. Even thou the 38 Special is the parent cartridge to the both of them (38 Short & Long Colt). Same thing goes for 357 Magnum being the parent cartridge to the 38 Special.

I have a snub nose 44 magnum revolver that I thought about reloading the 44 Russian cartridge case just because of how heavy of a recoil that this revolver displays. But, I've decided against that idea for now and I might come back to it at a later date since my wife doesn't shoot any of my 44 Magnum guns.

At least there is one thing that we can all agree on....Ruger revolvers can handle anything from mild to wild reloads and any level of factory ammo that produced.
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I use the 38S&W cases to load a rimmed 9mm round for my 9mm revolver. Not a short colt but the same principle.
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Thanks for the enlightenment! My wife is recoil sensitive, so this opens up the possibility for her to carry something with a little more punch.
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Ruger SP101 2 " Barrel 357 Magnum Shooting ~~~~~> 38 Short Colt

I'm really interested in hearing more about the powders and load data on these. From what I've read many people start at the lower end of 9mm load data. Any thoughts? Also, I really enjoy punching paper and was wondering if anyone had a good wadcutter bullet or load they have worked up for these?


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Looks very interesting, but if I get another 3 inch barreled SP101 in .357 I will do as Iowegan suggested as I have done in the past. Its very easy to work up a mild load in .38 Special. I have a 3 inch SP101 in .327 FM and shooting the 100 grain AE factory loads can be very punishing!!! So with factory once shot brass & Starline .327 FM brass I have worked out some easier shooting loads by experimenting such as the OP has done. The results can be very satisfying!!! This thread is a good read!!!
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