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Old 03-05-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Got a question on reloading for the 38 super. Can you reload 38 super with a set of Lee carbide dies. Can I just back off or space the dies out long enough
to accommodate the extra length of the super round????
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Are you asking if you can use Lee Carbide Dies not intended for use with the .38 Super?
(If I were to guess, I'd say your probably asking about 9mm Luger?) Y/N?

If so, no. The .38 super is a straight wall case. The 9 mm Luger is tapered. There will be sizing issues. Though I suppose one could force the issue. It seems unnecessary since .38 super dies aren't exactly unobtainium.

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Thanks Overkill I forgot that the 9MM luger was tapered. Will get a set of 38 super dies and go from there.

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Since you are reloading yourself...I've found that you can use the same load for 9mm and the 38 super. It's a bit under factory for the super, but unless you are building a defense round it works fine. At least it does in my PT 38s

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Thanks for the reply but the question was could I use the same dies.... I have since found out the answer is no. the 9MM case is tapered and the 38 super is straight walled. So.... will get a set of 38 super dies and charge on!!!

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Thanks for the reply but the question was could I use the same dies.... I have since found out the answer is no. the 9MM case is tapered and the 38 super is straight walled. So.... will get a set of 38 super dies and charge on!!!
Right....but you can use the same bullets as the 9mm
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Correct. I cast a bunch of 120 and 124 grainers today. Going to start with them. Then will see what other molds I got laying around. lol Half the fun is working up new loads.

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The new Remington Plus P brass is heat treated for higher pressures in the .38 Super. The .38 Super invented in 1929 was a souped up .38 ACP and has used that old case even after Colt improved the chambers in 1988.

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I will check them out. Know of any place that has them in stock?

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It's funny you mentioned Remington. When I first bought my PT38s I bought Remington shells at the gun shop. Took it right to the range and fired 2 shots and the brass got stuck in the barrel. Cleared it, fired two more and same thing happened. Took it right back to the gun shop and they said "all guns don't like all ammo"
Turn out it was just Remington it didn't like. 10 years later and thousands of rounds later...no misfeeds, no failure to fire or eject. I do compliment Remington though...they asked me to send it to them, they tested it and said it was up to specs, but they send me a refund anyway....that impressed me. I stay away from Remington now. As far as the 38 super goes, I've used Blazer, Magtech, Fiocchi and of course Winchester with no problems.



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