I went back to a very long thread I had posted a while back and grabbed a post to set the stage for this discussion:
So.... now my brother has an RIA 4” 38 Special and we have been playing around with powders.... and now my head hurts. I’ll post the new findings below in a few minutes.Circling back around to this since it’s been a while since I visited the .38 special. The last load I tried was 3.5gr of Trail Boss and it was barely enough to leave the barrel let alone hit the target. We found the one pictured above laying on the ground fully in tact.
A couple things I did different this time around. First, I broke out the chrono and baselines 3 GECO 158gr lead round nose.
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Next I reloaded 3 using 5.0gr of Trail Boss and 158gr copper plated flat nose. While I was within max overall length, the did hang a little when cycling. Either I wasn’t cycling fast enough or it didn’t like the flat nose (or both).
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