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Working with lyman's 47th edition and have a question.

Page 393 shows Lyman #358477 for 357mag's as a 150gr semi wc. There is no reference to this specific bullet for a 38 special cartridge.

I assume you can fire it in a 38 special case. To resolve would you just weigh the actual bullet and pick a similar load in 38 special? Knowing of course you should compare lead bullets to lead bullets.

But the only comparison is on page 388. #358156: 155 gr semi ec, or #358212: 146 gr rnd nose.

So if the bullet comes in at a true 150 grain, should you just keep looking for a load knowing that someone somewhere has it for 38 special?

Now I know why you guys have mutiple books.
 

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I've shot a bunch of the 150s using a load that's considered too hot in modern manuals. In those old manuals, it was 1/2 a grain of Unique more than a similar 158 load for about the same performance. I'd suggest using your favorite load for a 158 lead bullet as a starter and work from there.

fwiw, better long-range performance will come from the heavier bullet. I no longer shoot anything lighter than 158 in lead swcs, and I much prefer the Keith bullet which various sources cast as 168 to 173 grains.
 

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This is one of my 358477 bullets. Even though it was designed for the .357 Mag, I don't think that I have ever loaded it into a .357 Mag case. I've loaded and shot 1000s of them in .38 Special cases. This one weighs 153gr.


As long as the bullet doesn't seat deeper into the case - as a full wadcutter does - I substitute nearly all lead bullets 150-160gr for my favorite target and mid-range charges of powder. For my top-end loads, I start low and work up loads for each different bullet, to be safe.

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