I have been reloading for over 50 years; .. if I knew then , what I know now…. Everyone asked what kind of load was he using & he replied "5.5 gr. I tried to get WST to work in the shotgun, but had very poor outcome. So components for it are readily available, and they are reasonably priced. Short or long barrel I always get the best velocity over others I've tried. I did some work for a friend who was a commercial reloader and was using 231 because it was very cheap for him at the time ($2.50 vs $3.50 for BE per lb.) How did you use it? I have been lots of HP38 with Lee 158 swc lately. I figure age (or at least years spent reloading) AND stockpiling might have a little to do with it too. & finances were slim. And I'm loading at the very bottom end of their published data with 1 ounce of shot. If I were making loads for community of revolters, this would be the one. I use Win231 for 38s. Already tried that. After consuming many pounds of each powder I vote for these. 4.3 grains of W231 158gr SWC for 38spl????? 700X followed by HP38 followed by Bullseye. If I shot one specific caliber that took a narrow range powder to perform best then it may rank among my favorite five. For handloading, the .38 Special is extremely versatile. As you can surmise Power Pistol is now my preferred, over 2400, for +P loads while BullsEye remains my favorite powder for STANDARD loads. Unique is a good choice, I think Universal is a better choice. If I cant find that, Bullseye or N320. 1) HP-38, 2) Win. You could use Bullseye or other fast powder. 7.5 gr under a 158 JHP makes for an accurate and easy shooting round. I like experimenting to see what powder works well for a given set of components. For 41, 44 mag and 45 Colt heavy loads it is one of the best performers available. Also, you can sure get alot of loads from a pound of powder using this recipe! I sometimes wipe my face while shootin and fail to look in the mirror. I'll jump in. 4.5 or 5.0gr behind a 148 gr cast DEWC or a soft lead 158 gr SWC-HP is a pretty good load, not quite plus-p but crowding it pretty close. Unique didn't burn as clean as P5055. Usually it is whatever there is a lot of in the powder closet from Unique faster. . I have to say I've been super super happy with Trail Boss in my 6" GP 100. it's a fast powder like BE, but (for me) has been so clean it's amazing. Accurate #5 is my all time favorite powder. This email link is to reach site administrators for assistance, if you cannot access TFL via other means. Lil gun works well, I would try unique or Universal for mid range loads. I use Solo 1000 with wad cutters and Universal Clays for everything else. I can't help it , but for me UNique does everything in my pistol calibers and does it well. I really like this powder ! 4.2g for 158s. Powered by Invision Community. That is one reason that I like the 30-06 so much is its flexibility. I recently had the idea of using something other than FFFg which would be easier to clean my pistols, especially since I… Read more », would son=me one help me, i am using winchester 231 and would like a good load for my 357 using 124 and 147 grain jacked bullets, thank you all God bless. I started reloading with it back in the day & have never seen the need to change. It's tough trying to get CAS gear and reloading supplies during this panic time with no inventory anywhere. Clays may be the "best" powder for 45 ACP. Magnum. Deacon Tim # 98275, May 16, 2013 in SASS Wire. Consistent in … I started reloading with it back in the day & have never seen the need to change. It is a good powder for cast bullets in rifles and makes a good blank powder for rifles. The 460 S & W needs the slowest burning handgun powders for best results. And even more data for the 1 1/8 ounce load. Trailboss is good. The holy trinity. Get a copy of Speer Reloading manual #14, it has loads for 38 Special and 38 Special +P with short barrels. The .38 Special provides a no stress adventure into the hobby of reloading. . I no longer use Lil' Gun in any of my revolvers because of issues with premature forcing cone erosion associated with it's use. In the larger cases like the 357 Mag, 44 Spl and Mag and 45 Colt, Unique is the powder unless I want to go above 1,100 fps and then it is 2400 all the way. Depends on what's available. 357 Magnum. The disadvantage is you have to be very careful to avoid double or even tripple charges. Bob, I am a certified official for track meets. Thus, I have been reloading blank .32 S&W shells for years with FFFg Goex for use with my starter pistols. In '77 a deal ($2.00/can) on PB was available (bought a case). I reloaded limited times 20+ years ago and gunfire now is a great time to jump in with both feet and do it for CAS, steel plate .40 S&W, varmint rifle and eventually shotgun. Another vote for Bullseye and Unique, they are the only two powders I use for 38 sp. Don't fix what ain't broke, and all that. I started with it as a target powder only but in the .38 spl (at least according to the Lyman Cast bullet Handbook) You can safely match velocities with slower powders . Winchester's 231 or WSL are also good powders for the .38 special. If you want a higher level of performance, then Accurate No. Peralta Battlefield, New Mexico Territory, Regulator, SBSS #2255, Pawnee Station, Ro I & II, ROI ROII Wartrace Regulators,Highland Regulators, North Alabama Regulators, Rock Castle Rangers SCORRS Member, Co-founder Insane Clown Posse, ORANGE COUNTY REGULATORS,UP THE CREEK GANG ,LIFE MEMBER OF JACKSON HOLE REGULATORS,DOOLEY GANG,PRAYER POSSE, Buccaneer Range Regulators, Cross Creek Cowboys, Indiana BP Guild, Southern Missouri Rangers, Ozarks Posse, Butterfield Trail Cowboys, Bear Creek Volunteers, Buffalo Range Riders, High Desert Drifters, Rio Grande Renegades. Titegroup. I have loaded everything from a 25 auto to a 500 S & W, so there is a lot of differences in the propellants that I use. Real BP, I prefer the cleaner burning Schuetzen For all my smokeless stuff Red Dot. Also like rifle powders, in order to be one of my favorites it has to have been around for a long time and stand a good chance of being in production years from now. Anything outdoors and anyway I can spend time with my children. 3 and there was an article by Ken Waters on handloading for the 38 Special. Magnum. I love the history of the old west and shooting. I thought about loading it a little hotter but I just don't see the need. BP Subs- Pyrodex, then 777. I like the "woman to woman to woman" analogy, Char-Gar! But I've used, probably, 8 other powders for both calibers with good results. It can be used in almost any handgun round, although it is not the best for everything. He mentioned and agree with Kent Bellah that Bulleye, Unique and 2400 were the powders for the 38 Special.