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Hi Colt fans,

I own a Colt Peacekeeper, 4" barrel, build: 1987. Still looking for a better grouping .38 special handloaded combination. For now I'm using 3.6 gr AA # 2 with a 158 LRN from H&N.(Haendler & Natterman)

This particular handload groups excellent in the S&W 686. About 3" at 25 yards, shot one handed. But "strange" enough not that well in the Peacekeeper. Did some shooting trials with jacketed bullets(Hornady 110 gr & 125 gr)and AA # 2 but till now no succes.
Think the relative fast twist of the Colt barrels is of some significant influence......

So I'm curious what the MK V owners(Trooper, Lawman etc.) use for handloads in there revolvers? Especially used powder, bullet, C.O.L. and used crimp. The accuracy I'm looking for is approximately 3 to 4" at 25 yards. The smaller the better of course.

Looking forward to your answers.Thanks in advance.

sincerely,
Armes de poing
 

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Re: Favorite .38 special handloads for Mk V revolv

First off ditch the round nose bullets, you'll get better accuracy with wadcutters or semi wadcutters. I have had good luck with 3.5gr of Unique or 2.8gr of Bullseye over 148gr wadcutters in my Troopers and Pythons.
 

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Re: Favorite .38 special handloads for Mk V revolv

Round nose bullets can be very accurate. The only reason for the WC and the SWC bullets were their perfect holes in targets that makes for easier scoring.
 

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Re: Favorite .38 special handloads for Mk V revolv

Yeah, you're right.

I have too many memories of the crappy butter-soft round nose reloads sold by the the local bullet-caster/gunshop-owner in my hometown that shot like shit and leaded barrels like hell.
 

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Re: Favorite .38 special handloads for Mk V revolv

You can't blame a bullet that a loader has pushed beyond it's capabilities.
 
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