Originally Posted by BILLYBOB44
The NUMBER ONE offender of new reloaders getting into trouble with their loads is the POWDER!!
The two powders you have/have listed are NOT common .38Spl. powders.
Each powder company has the full listing of their powders, and the IDEAL loads that they are used in.
Spend $20-25.00 and buy yourself a pound of powder made for .38 Special.
If you can find it, WW-231/HP-38 is an IDEAL all around powder for most all pistol loads.
Not a rant, but USE the correct powder, and make SAFE reloads...Bill.
I don't load for the 38 Special, so I do not know what the "Ideal" powder is. If I did load for it, my "Ideal" powder might differ from yours.
If you look at the Powder Manufactures load data and web site you will see that the OP DID select a powder recommended by them. So according to IMR 700-X is ideal for the 38 Special. 700-X
This extruded flake powder is ideally suited for shotshells in 12 and 16 gauge where clay target and light field loads are the norm. It doubles as an excellent pistol target powder for such cartridges as the 38 Special and 45 ACP and
There is also lots of load data with SR 7625 for the 38 Special. Along with several printed manuals, It can even be found on the Powder Manufacturers web site.http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp
So, Ken, use the powders you have purchased, they will work as there is data to support them. Enjoy and be safe.