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Old August 7th, 2012, 06:13 AM   #1
 
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Bullseye load for 148gr DEWC

Picked up some Berry's copper plated 148gr DEWC on sale (2000), I have been loading 4.3 grains of HP 38 in 357 cases it's a nice mild load, but I would like to make some hot or up to 1200 FPS using bullseye and seating them to 1.33 - 1.34, I loaded some up to 3.8 Bullseye last nite will take to the range tonight to check them out, but bottom line could I go up to 4.6 or higher?



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Old August 7th, 2012, 09:14 AM   #2
 
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A quick & safe answer would be check your loading manual & see how far they take Bullseye. It's not usually the best powder for heavy loads.

I looked in my Speer & Hornaday manuals & didn't find any Bullseye loads in .357 for the bullet you want.

Looking farther, I found some data in the Lyman 49th edition Reloading Handbook. that gives some loads. They are using the i46gr jacketed bullet from the looks of the bullet it's the Speer 3/4 jacket. ON PAGE 357 (Ironic?)
The starting load for that bullet in the .357 using Bullseye is 5.7grs at 759fps & 23,300 C.U.P.
The max load is given as 7.5grs at 1077fps with, HEED THIS PRESSURE CLIMBS RAPIDLY, 39,900 C.U.P.

SOMETHING ELSE THAT NEEDS TO BE WATCHED IS THAT SEATING BULLETS DEEPER THAN NORMAL FOR THE LOAD GIVEN WILL INCREASE PRESSURE...... SOMETIMES DRASTICALLY!

Loading Bullseye for heavy loads in the .357 & a lot of other cartridges, is to me, climbing out on a thin limb.
I am not sure you can get where you want to go safely with Bullseye

I'm not trying to be smart here, but if I were you, I'd buy a couple of good reputable loading manuals. It's money VERY WELL spent.
Hope this helps some.
Frank

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Thanks Frank, your right of course, not trying to push to the max just don;t want a powder puff, I have 2000 of these bullets, don't want to stout, just something nice, I have 2400 that I use with the 158 LSWC from MB that I push for stoutness.....I have the Lyman and Lee's books, but these are DEWC and are seating deeply, I actually keep them out a little more then at 1.33-1.34, I'll let you know how the 3.8 bullseye worked.
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Our private range I am a member of has banned the old 2.7 grains of bullseye load because of bounce back from rounds not breaking up on the steel backstop many long time target shooters have complained.
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Do you by any chance have any Unique, Herco, You can push it a bit farther with those two & several others. You are using HP38 which is the same as WW231 & a good powder There was a write up about those two being the same in Handloader Magazine a few years ago, & I confirmed it with a call to Hodgdon's. I talked with one of their ballistitions & he confirmed it. , I think I'd try a bit slower powder if I were you. If you have a batch of Bullseye, I'd just go for a little less velocity. Bullseye is a good powder, but it was developed for lighter loads.
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I do not believe you will get to 1200 fps safely with the faster powders.
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