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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:46 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I've just started reloading and I am in search of reload data using HP-38 Powder and plated bullets. Specifically, Berry's 115 grain round nose. The only data I've found so far uses Vihtavoui (which I've been unable to find) and Accurate #2, #5, and #7. Ideas?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:43 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

http://www.berrysmfg.com/faq-q9-c1-How_do_I_load_Berrys_Preferred_Plated_Bullets.aspx

Plated bullets occupy a position between cast bullets and jacketed bullets. They are soft lead, but have a hard outer shell on them. When loading plated bullets we have found best results using low- to mid-range jacketed data in the load manual. You must use data for a bullet that has the same weight and profile as the one you are loading. Do not exceed mid-range loads. Do not use magnum loads

This is a bullet that is comparable in weight and size.
115 GR. SPR GDHP Dia. .355" C.O.L. 1.125"
Hodgdon HP-38
MINIMUM 4.7gr 1075fps 25,300 CUP
MAXIMUM 5.1gr 1167fps 28,100 CUP

DO NOT EXCEED MID RANGE LOADS
MID-RANGE DATA HP-38 4.9 gr


I would start at 4.5gr load 10 rounds.
then up it .1 gr to 4.6 load ten more so on and so forth up to 4.9gr. Make sure it cycles the firearm and find which is accurate. Then stick with that load.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I have loaded many of the plated bullets over midrange without problems. You can load all the way to the top(or beyond in some cases) as long as you watch your barrel for signs of leading. I shoot gas checked cast bullets in .44 mag well over the max load data for cast. However I know the pressure the Ruger can take and have carefully watched for signs of leading. As always, the best advice is to start low and work your way to the most accurate load you can find.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks guys.

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