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I just tested out two loads:

gun: rossi 92 .357 magnum 16" rifle.

load #1: once fired brass mixed. 3.0 grains 700x with a 158 grain .358 SWCBB (cast) medium crimp. Winchester spp

load #2: once fired brass mixed. 3.5 grains 700x with a 158 grain plated RNFP w/cannelure (.357 diameter) from RMR medium crimp. Winchester spp


I found both to feed and shoot great.

anyone else load 38 special with 700x? I found it to have low recoil, and has a nice sweet smell when fired. Great for shooting cans quick at 50 yd with open sights. Held a tight group with open sights at 25yd as we (did a quick test of 25 rounds last night)


it seems to be fairly clean, but some carbon residue on the brass. I suppose less crimp would remove this.

if anyone else loads 700x with 38 special.... What load do you use?

700x doesn't meter well at all from a lee pro disk unit, anyone have suggestions to meter the 700x better? I just weighted And trickled each charge. I'd like to speed it up a bit though.
 

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I use 3.0 grains if Trail Boss with 147 grain Moulton Lead bullet out of my 1873 Uberti 38/357 lever gun. Very mild recoil and cheap to shoot.
 

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loaded up some 115 grn 9mm fmj with 4.3 grains of 700x, was the only powder I could find last year amid the great powder shortage lol. have used it for 45 acp 230 fmj, 4.5 grains 700x, 200 grn lead casy 4.9 grains 700x, very happy with it.
 

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What was the velocity of the .38 loads out of the lever action?
 

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I never checked the velocity, I was using this load for cowboy action shooting so low recoil and cost are most important. I can tell you that it's the mildest 38 load I have ever shot.
 

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It should be a about 700-800 fps from a revolver. According to the hornady book. From a rifle that's 16"... Not sure it's light but damn accurate!
 
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