B/P cartridges

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Kestral, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. Kestral

    Kestral New Member

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    After a friend blew a chamber in his 1900 H&A 32 rev,we would like to reload his S&W hinge frame 32 & 38 revs with B/P loads.Not having used B/P before,we would ask for any info & advice on the above loadings plus any precautions we should watch out for.Thanks in advance for any assistance.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Originally the .38 S&W was loaded with a 145-150 gr round nosed bullet, and 14-15 gr of black powder.

    The .32 S&W was loaded with an 85 gr LRN over 9 grains of black powder.
    (Source: US Cartridges and Their Handguns, Chas. Suydam, 1979)

    A black powder CARTRIDGE should have NO air space between the powder and the base of the bullet, or it may act as a barrel obstruction. The powder charge should be slighly compressed when the bullet is seated.

    I would check with a good powder company of two for their suggestions for a SMOKELESS load. If you stay clear of very fast powders, you should be able to do light smokeless loads that will be good for older revolvers. And far less messy to clean up.
     

  3. Kestral

    Kestral New Member

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    Thanks c3Shooter,will give the lighter smokeless a go before trying the B/P, your reply to our problem is most useful.