Tuesday, May 17, 2016

That was a surprise

Went to the range this morning, and since I couldn't remember ever trying them in the mini-Sharps, I took a couple of .38 Special loads, and some 158-grain .357 loads.  And got this

                                              .38 Special, 148-grain wadcutter

                            .38 Special, some fairly hot 125-grain hollowpoints

And the crown,
                                            .357 Mag, 158-grain flat-nose
That one low hole?  Knew as I finished the press that I'd pulled it, so fired one more to have five in that top hole. It's only 30 yards, but I'd not had this kind of accuracy from this load before.  Of course, last time I tried this one I didn't have the scope on, so in that light that may make the difference.

On the .38s, I need to try the wadcutters again, as the one out left and the one out right may be my fault.  Why didn't I try them again today?  Because I'd only brought five, the last of a box.  If those two are my fault, this would make a quite good load for small game: almost no recoil in a rifle, relatively quiet, and that bullet should do a good job on them.  Might try the hollowpoints again as well, just to be sure.

The wadcutters and flat-nose are both X-Treme plated, by the way.  Ought to try these two with cast bullets, though it'd be a semi-wadcutter instead of a flat-nose in the 158-grain.

Added: I checked back on something, and had another surprise.  At the outdoor range last week, firing the Hornady FTX load in the Sharps, velocity was ~1520fps(was only able to chrono a couple of shots).  Back when I fired the same load through a rifle with a 16" barrel, average velocity was 1451fps.  With pistol cartridges such as .357 it seems to be the general rule that you get the max velocity with a 16" barrel; after that friction starts slowing the bullet.  Well, the mini-Sharps has a 26" barrel, yet gave the same or slightly higher velocity as the 16".  I'm surprised, and pleased.  And I need to check into this further.


B said...

I find that 15.6 grains of H-110 is a great rifle load in a 20" barrel for a 158 grain .357 load. about 1875 FPS and good to 110 yards. It'll work in a pistol but too much powder burns outside of the barrel to be a decent load (unless you want to blind someone just before you set 'em on fire).

I can't get the 125 grain bullets to stabilize out of my rifle. They keyhole after about 60 yards.

(standard disclaimer on any load data)...

Firehand said...

That's hot. Don't have any 110, down the road will have to try it

daniel_day said...

Just curious about that .38 wadcutter load -- is that with 3.5 gr Bullseye? Anyway, congrats on that one-hole group with the .357. Definitely a good deer load, if you don't mind slow follow-up shots and a long barrel.

Firehand said...

I just discovered that I only THOUGHT I'd posted an answer. 4.3 of Unique, sorry 'bout the delay