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must

over

five times

as all exceed

major

power

in

my

guns.

Several

are

extremely

accurate

and will average

less

than

3

inches

at

50

yards.

Although I have included one load

with the 115-grain Hornady,

shoot bullets

competition. Chamber pressures gen- erated by major-power loads with 115- grain bullets make me a bit uncom- fortable, not to mention the fact that they are hard on guns. As is common practice when loading the .38 Super to

lighter than

I don't

124 grains in

major power, I use Small Rifle primers because their thicker cups are better suited for containing the pressure.

Several of the Level IV loads are

extremely accurate and will consis- tently average less than 4 inches at 50 yards in the Springfield and Wilson guns. I particularly like the Hornady

by 9.0

grains of WAP. Equally accurate is the

NosIer 135-grain FMJ combined with VV-N350, HS-6, W-540 or HS-7. I also like the Bull-X 150-grain SWC with 7.2

124-grain

FMJ pushed

along

Factory Loads

8.4

1,361915 9.73.7

1,339

1,138

1,236

1,2441,1927.26.76.5150

1,244

1,348 7.0

1,1098.3

1,2408.48.0

1,57810.0

(fps)

1,447 4.6130 Sierra

HS-7

1,1181,1791,1401,1331,0626.56.58.47.8170 Bull-X

1,118

1,142

1,442

1,081

1,431

1,0936.0

1,0961,1561,2925.2 8.5

1,1391,0121,2318.55.0150

1,458 10.0

1,340883 3.59.0

1,3581,3351,2581,22710.26.47.57.6

1,347

1,368

8.9

1,346971 8.73.5

9823.58.0

8.0135 Nosier

5.0

9.0

4.01,451 147 Hornady

968 9.0

9644.0 8.4

10.4

974

859

93310.040

92610.51254.1

6.0 124 Cor-Bon

9511,3684.010.0

velocitycharge powder

N350

1,504 130 Winchester

4.0 125 Winchester

(fps)

10.2 7.9

charge

10.0

115 Remington

FMJ3N37

(grains) N350

HS-7

SierraBlueFMJDot

Nosier

Bull-X N350SWC/LD

velocitypowder W-540

Bullseye

JHP

JHP

FMJ.

I

Nosier

Hornady

used

160 H~rnady

in Level IV loads.

147 Speer TMJ

FMJ

FMJ

Trap

WAP

Blue Dot (grains) HS-7 1,255

HS-7 1,216

1,368

1,188

W-231

FMJW-231I

RN/LDHS-7

HS-7

HS-6

HS-6

100 bullet

FMJIW-231W-540

W-540I

(grains) W-571

N350

STHP HS-6

W-571

HS-7

JHP +P W-540

Clays

3N37

WAPHS-7

.38 Super Load Data

FMJ

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W-540HS-6

Blue Dot

Level IV Loads. continued

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Notes:

be

These

loads

are for

modern

guns

in excellent

condition

chambered

for the

.38 Super

cartridge

April -May

1996

grains of WAP. With that load, I placed second overall and won Master class in the Unlimited division at the 1995 Ten- nessee Sectional Championships.

High-capacity

pistols

in 9mm Luger

that could virtually be loaded

on Sun-

day

rage, but the passing

and shot

all week

were of the Brady Blll

once the

that placed a 10-round maximum limit on magazine capacity seems to be bringing the old Government Model in .38 Super back in style. Actually, the Colt magazine holds only nine rounds, but 10-shot magazines (which are actu- ally superior in quality to the factory magazines) are available from Wilson's as well as C.M. Corporation (PO Box 90127, Austin TX 90127). They fit flush with the bottom of the grip just like the 9 rounders do.

I find it interesting that while the

Super was celebrating its 60th birth- day, SIG introduced a bottleneck car- tridge of the same caliber with virtually the same ballistics as the Cor- Bon +P loading. Called the .357 SIG, it is rated at 1,370 fps with a 125-grain bullet for 520 it-Ibs. This compares closely with the Cor-Bon .38 Super

load with its 124-grain bullet

fps

impressive when you consider that

various l25-grain, .357 Magnum factory loads are only 100 fps or so faster. I also find it interesting that the .357 SIG

at 1,350

darned

and

501

it-Ibs.

That's

. and

Cor-Bon's modern .38 Super load

just about duplicate original .38 Super energy rating that called for a 130-

grain bullet at 1,300 fps and 490 ft-Ibs.

If you prefer heavy bullets, don't over-

to

maximum performance for a gun with

a full-support barrel, the .38 Super will

shove a 180-grain bullet out the muzzle as fast as is possible with the more modern .40 S&W cartridge.

look the fact that when handloaded

A grand performer, the .38 Super. As

a competitive cartridge, it is to Unlim- ited class IPSC competition what the

6mm PPC is to

don't see that changing in the near future. As personal defense cartridges go, I prefer the .45 ACP, but if I had to choose between the .38 Super and

9mm Luger, I would pick the Super simply because I doubt that anything you can buy in 9mm will equal the per- formance of Cor-Bon's loading of the •

Super.

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