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    Recommendations for 38 Special Wadcutter Ammo

    I am looking for recommendations for loaded 38 Special wadcutter for my new to me 1948 Colt Officers Target. I have been looking at Precision Delta, Atlanta Arms and the like. I would actually pay for real factory wadcutter like Remington or Federal but that stuff seems rather thin on the ground right now.

    Added bonus is if the Ammo has brass suitable for reloading (e.g. I believe Precision Delta and Atlanta Arms use Starline brass).

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenhwind View Post
    Thanks!

    $0.60/round for Federal wadcutter seems a little steep but maybe that's the going rate.

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    If you're going to shoot much of it, then you have a great reason to get into reloading. .38 special wadcutters are easy and cheap to make.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spacecoast1 View Post
    If you're going to shoot much of it, then you have a great reason to get into reloading. .38 special wadcutters are easy and cheap to make.
    +1000

    Prices for factory ammo are ridiculous. I just loaded up 250 Speer 148 gr. HBWCs last night on my Dillon Square Deal B.

    About $28 for 500 bullets from MidwayUSA. A tiny pinch of Bullseye and you have great target loads with no worries of availability.

    I'm loading them for about $6.25 (12 and a half cents apiece) per box of 50, assuming 10 reloads per case which should be no problem with those pressures.
    Last edited by paracord; 01-09-2020 at 09:37 AM.
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    Definitely planning on getting in to reloading!
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    I buy the Remington 148 grain HBWC bullets by the case of 2000 and load my own using Remington R-P headstand brass cases with any small pistol primer and 2.7 grains of Bullseye. They work beautifully in all 3 of my Officers Model Colts. The solid DEWC bullets sold by many commercial casters don't seem to be as good as the old style HBWC. Swaged HBWC are much more difficult to cast than the solids but are much more consistent in accuracy at target pressures and velocity.
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    I have a lee 6 cavity mold and cast the tumble lube solid wadcutter. This is not the double end wadcutter as it protrudes a bit and has a crimp groove. I up the charge to 3 grains bullseye and easily shoot a thousand of those a year. Primer, powder and lead comes to about .05-.06 per shot but of course that was after an investment in equipment. The one time I compared this load to the hollowbase wadcutters the difference in accuracy was minimal and fine for what I am doing with them. Reloading is the first step. To cut costs even further, then one casts.
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    We don't shoot a lot of factory ammo as I've been reloading for years, have two Dillon 550 presses and a Redding T 7.
    But I think I'd buy a couple boxes of factory ammo to see how well this Colt should shoot.
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    Thanks for the suggestions!


 
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