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    Thanks fellas
    I'm gonna keep these in mind and see what I can track down.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R040607 View Post
    I can assure you that this is the definitive answer:

    Remington Express Targetmaster (R38S3) 148gr Lead Wadcutter

    This is the lightest load I've ever fired from 38 special. This load is confidence inspiring.
    I was going to reply, recommending this same load and providing a link but all the places I checked were sold out and not accepting back-orders.

    Same basic 148 grain hollow base wadcutter load has long been available from Federal, Winchester, and Remington and other manufacturer's have also loaded it.

    There is no factory load on earth that is milder to shoot in a .38 Special revolver than a 148 grain target load.

    2.8 grains of Bulls-Eye beneath a lead 148 grain hollow base wadcutter will duplicate performance of the 148 grain target load if a fellow wants to load a batch. The Hornady 148 grain bullet with it's knurled bearing surface is a dandy for the purpose or any of several commercial bullet casters can provide hollow base 148 grain wadcutters with the traditional driving/lubricating bands.

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    The .38 Special 148 gr WC as loaded by Federal (GM38A @ 710 fps), Remington (R38S3 @ 710 fps), MagTech (38B @ 710 fps), Sellier & Bellot (SBA03801 @ 700 fps), and Winchester (Q4196)- all are gentle as can be.
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    You're asking a very, very insightful question & have good instincts in the matter. I will co-sign with others about the normally-common target wadcutters.

    It can also help a LOT if you provide her the best hearing protection you can; a pair of foam earplugs covered by an inexpensive set of earmuffs will be worth their weight in gold. If you have a choice, shoot outdoors and in sunlight. These things will do a lot to reduce perceived blast, flash, and concussion, and those things have a huge influence on how she will feel about "recoil."
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    Quote Originally Posted by LouisianaMan View Post
    You're asking a very, very insightful question & have good instincts in the matter. I will co-sign with others about the normally-common target wadcutters.

    It can also help a LOT if you provide her the best hearing protection you can; a pair of foam earplugs covered by an inexpensive set of earmuffs will be worth their weight in gold. If you have a choice, shoot outdoors and in sunlight. These things will do a lot to reduce perceived blast, flash, and concussion, and those things have a huge influence on how she will feel about "recoil."
    In addition to ear protection, make sure she also uses eye protection. I know you're talking revolver here, but I can attest from experience with a semi-auto the value of eye protection. I was standing several feet to the side and and at least 5 feet back from someone shooting a new 9mm, and a sliver of brass shaved off, flew back, and buried in my cheek just below my shooting glasses. An inch higher, and no glasses, and I would have had serious problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TX expat View Post
    Nobody has recommended +P loads. I told him to avoid anything +P and gwgw60 said be careful even when it doesn't say +P. Nobody has told him to seek them out.
    After re-reading I stand corrected!
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    I have found the WWB standard 38SPCL to be very light in recoil.
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    Extremely low recoil, 110gr Federal Hydra Shok, my grandmother would shoot these in her smith model 10.

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    148 Gr Wadcutters. Generally, these are target loads, but they also punch a nice clean hole in harder material (flesh) they also have a tendency to keyhole a bit, making the wound a bit larger. Years ago, some of us here, (and you know who you are, so don't be shy ) myself included,, utilized hollow based wadcutters and reversed them in order to make a flat hollow point. Just food for thought.
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    Yeah, I'm guilty of loading reversed hollow-based wadcutters. Only thing was, the ballistic "non-tests" I ran on them using both wet and dry phone books, water-filled gallon paper milk cartons (remember those?) and dirt, didn't show that they gave such amazing expansion. At least not consistently for me. Accuracy was better than I expected though, only I probably didn't shoot so hot way back then. Well, even worse than I do now.
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    most ranges have reloads that should suffice

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    Cowboy load 2.4gr Red Dot and 105gr bullit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walls View Post
    Could you suggest a 38 sp round with low recoil to teach my mother with.
    4" barrel and full size revolver but, I'd still like to keep it real easy at first.
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