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.38-44 High-Velocity Loads Reloading Data

 
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Warning! Notes: THE FOLLOWING LOADS EXCEED SAAMI PRESSURE LIMITS FOR THE .38 SPECIAL. They should ONLY be used in .38 Special revolvers with a ".44" or ".45" frame such as the Colt SAA, New Service, Smith & Wesson N-Frame "Heavy Duty" and "Outdoorsman" revolvers. Pressures approach those common with the .357 Magnum and should only be used in the above revolvers that are in good condition. Use with caution. A Smith & Wesson .38-44 Outdoorsman with a 6 1/2-inch barrel was used to test loads. Starline cases used throughout. Temperature during testing was 46 degrees Fahrenheit. (Handloader Issue #243 - October, 2006)
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Wt. Bullet Powder Manufacturer Powder Charge Velocity (FPS)
125 Speer Jacketed Hollow Point Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,259
125 Speer Jacketed Hollow Point Alliant Power Pistol Click Here 1,181
125 Speer Jacketed Hollow Point Alliant Power Pistol Click Here 1,236
140 Sierra JHC Hodgdon H-110 Click Here 1,187
140 Sierra JHC Accurate AAC-9 Click Here 1,147
145 Winchester Silvertip HP Hodgdon Lil'Gun Click Here 1,296
158 Speer Gold Dot HP Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,057
158 Speer Gold Dot HP Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,091
158 Hornady XTP-HP Hodgdon Lil'Gun Click Here 1,248
156 RCBS 38-150-SWC cast Hodgdon H-110 Click Here 1,253
156 RCBS 38-150-SWC cast Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,256
156 Lyman 358156 HP cast Hodgdon Lil'Gun Click Here 1,246
156 Lyman 358156 HP cast Accurate AAC-9 Click Here 1,165
156 Lyman 358156 HP cast Accurate AAC-9 Click Here 1,221
160 Cast Performance FNPB Hodgdon Lil'Gun Click Here 1,221
162 Lyman 358156 cast Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,147
162 Lyman 358156 cast Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,181
162 Lyman 358156 cast Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,264
173 Lyman 358429 cast Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,206
173 Lyman 358429 cast Alliant 2400 Click Here 1,261
173 Lyman 358429 cast Alliant Unique Click Here 1,103
173 Lyman 358429 cast Alliant Power Pistol Click Here 1,065
173 Lyman 358429 cast Alliant Power Pistol Click Here 1,108
173 Lyman 358429 cast Hodgdon H-110 Click Here 1,207
180 Cast Performance WFNGC Hodgdon Lil'Gun Click Here 1,261