Question on .38 special wadcutters

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    Question on .38 special wadcutters

    I'd like to introduce my wife to the joys of shooting and perhaps one day CCW. I think 148 grain wadcutters would be the best round for a newbie but I would prefer jacketed bullets and not deal with the mess of exposed lead.

    Does anyone make jacketed 148 grain wadcutters in .38 special? I read somewhere that Federal used to make a wadcutter in their Nyclad line but it, along with the whole Nyclad line, has been discontinued for some reason.

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    I don't know of any I can think of .... I always cast my own and found lead a minimal problem if not driven hard. Mine were 158's and with a ''push'' from about 2.8 of Bullseye were excellent target and practice loads - very accurate too out to 25 yards.

    This was BTW in revo's - which I would rate as the only platform for such a bullet profile.
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    Maybe Remington's UMC leadless ammo?

    http://www.remington.com/products/am...C_leadLess.asp
    http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/prod...ducts_id=74807

    They say the bullet profile is "Flat Nose Enclosed Base"... I assume it's at least semi-wadcutter.

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    i dont know of anyone who loads a wadcutter load in jacketed but if you reload you can as there are a few makers who make a plated wadcutter

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    I used the HBWC over Bullseye, man what an accurate round. Leading wasn't a problem but I don't shoot much lead anymore. Still have a few thousand of them loaded up though. I really don't think the type of bullet you use is going to matter whether or not she enjoys shooting.
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    I've loaded the old stand by of 148 wadcutter and Bullseye for years. It is a mild load which causes very little leading if any. your wife should enjoy shooting this load.

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    Tom what kind of grains of bullseye where you using for that load? you can pm me if you dont want to post it

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    I LOVE the Black Hills 148 gr WC load through my S&W airweight. It's really accurate and very easy on the wrists. Like you mentioned, it is a lead bullet and leaves some smokey residue on the gun. I just clean it when I get home and everything's peachy!

    I've even considered carrying with this load, but have left off for now. The faster follow-ups and enhanced accuracy would make this a possible candidate for women or the elderly. Definitely more oomph than a standard 32 or 25, and really easy to shoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCHornet View Post
    I really don't think the type of bullet you use is going to matter whether or not she enjoys shooting.
    Well I'm looking for the softest shooting ammo for the guns I currently have. I have 4 revolvers, 2 j frames, a k frame model 19 with a 4" barrel and a 686 with a 2.5" tube. If I had a .22 I would probably start her with that but as of now a .38 special wadcutter seems like the best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo View Post
    I LOVE the Black Hills 148 gr WC load through my S&W airweight. It's really accurate and very easy on the wrists. Like you mentioned, it is a lead bullet and leaves some smokey residue on the gun. I just clean it when I get home and everything's peachy!

    I've even considered carrying with this load, but have left off for now. The faster follow-ups and enhanced accuracy would make this a possible candidate for women or the elderly. Definitely more oomph than a standard 32 or 25, and really easy to shoot!
    Thanks my sentiments exactly. Any special technique to clean the lead? I've always shot jacketed ammo.

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    Worst thing you might have to do is buy a special solvent to clean the lead

    What works though is get a brush and wrap chore boy around it

    its a scrubbing pad and it will take the lead right out the barrel

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    Mess of exposed lead? What mess?

    Lead bullets usually only cause a problem in a barrel if they are driven at relatively high speeds. Wadcutters normally are not. I've shot hundreds and never had a problem with leading in the barrel.

    Besides, if you do get a little bit of leading, a couple of hot jacketed bullets sent down the barrel will clean it right out. (And then, of course, you have to clean the copper fouling, which I find to be much more of a problem than lead!)

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    only problem with that is you can coat over lead with the copper and it its bad enough bulge a barrel

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