Any experience with these 230gr wadcutters in .38 Special?

Any experience with these 230gr wadcutters in .38 Special? Apparently they were popular with boomers back in the day for shooting bowling pins. I also hear something about them being good for self defense because they tumble pretty much instantly.

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They put neat round holes in paper. Bullet design has come a long way in the last 40 years and you’d be better served with modern hollow point. Not to say a wadcutter wouldn’t put someone down, it’s just not optimal.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks bot, but I know all that stuff. But what do I need to know about these bullets specifically? Are there stability issues?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        No stability issues, they tumble based on willpower alone.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Bot? I don’t know what you need to know because you apparently already knew all that stuff.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I asked if any anons had any experience with these bullets. How's the loading? What velocity should I be aiming for? What are some good powders? Has anyone experienced leading? Or keyholing, do I need to check my twist rate before loading these?

          That sort of thing.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Dude aren't there handbooks available that have hundreds of examples of various cartridge loadings? My dad has tons, just buy a fucking book if you want load data.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Are you planning to run it .357 or super hot .38 or normal .38? It’s been years but there was a time when I was looking at the max you could put through old large frame .38 revolvers. There was the 38/200 that was popular and talk of loadings approaching .357 power, with some guns being rechambered for .357. The territory you’re in isn’t really common. They were only ever “popular” in a niche field. I was never able to find any clear specifications for the old loads. My revolver was destroyed due to some unrelated ammunition I bought, so I never got the chance to pursue it any more than that. I’ve never had stability issues with wadcutters. Sorry if this isn’t very helpful. I was planning on just loading it like .38+p

              These are pretty weird.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >My revolver was destroyed due to some unrelated ammunition I bought
                No kidding. Were you pushing the envelope or fucked by handloads?

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                >be me
                >height of ‘rona panic
                >shops are out of everything but .45 gap
                >brother’s boss(who we would both later come to find out is a massive piece of shit who lies constantly) has family who own a gunshop
                >says he can get me ammo
                >get a few boxes
                >everything looks good
                >target loads, what’s the risk
                >go out to the range in the middle of nowhere by myself
                >fire some
                >hey that’s funny
                >open cylinder and turn gun sideways
                >their are 6 rounds lodged in the barrel
                >bore to forcing cone
                >barrel bulged like a fucking loony toons scene

                I’m lucky I wasn’t injured because no help was coming for me.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You fired six squibs and didn't notice the entire time? Are you used to missing your target every single time or something? kek

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I hadn’t shot this gun much and it had pretty mediocre sights. I’d assumed either it was off or I was off that day. But even still, I should have noticed something and I still kick myself that I didn’t.

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Weird in what sense? Genuine curiosity, I have not done much reloading myself

              • 4 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                They’re heavier than most .38 loadings by a significant margin. It was a way to, pre-hollow point and pre magnums being common, to give the service revolvers carried by law enforcement more “man-stopping” capability. They were never widely adopted and running heavy quasi .357 loads through the wrong gun could be potentially dangerous. What allowed them at all was the original full size .38 duty revolvers were overbuilt for what they were.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            OK faglord, here's your (You):

            GO INTO A RELOADING THREAD AND ASK YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT RELOADING THERE.

            Now shut the fuck up and piss off with your shitty slide SPAM.

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Homo

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >mfw peolle think hollow points do anything other than slowing the bullet down when it enters the body
      an entire generation fell for federal and speers marketing

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    they used to offer a 200gr "Super Police" load for .38spl that wasn't fast enough to make use of its mass. a 230gr flat-faced projectile also is not going to be any more lethal than a standard .38spl projectile or better yet, a hollow point

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cast lead with gigantic meplats are the optimal hunting bullet in big bore firearms that send projectiles under 2000fps.
    Nothing makes up for bad shot placement, so what are JHP/JSP actually offering?
    Using wide nose solids, you get the bonus of an animal never catching the bullet no matter which angle you shoot.

    Don't use solids for people, it will truck straight through several people, especially those you don't want.

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