Low Muzzle Flash in 38 Special +P

Low Muzzle Flash in 38 Special +P

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    Low Muzzle Flash in 38 Special +P

    I have 2 question what is some recommendations on power with low muzzle flash and also what loads would you recommend with that powder. 125gr bullet

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    Don't know that I've ever purposely loaded up the .38 Special or any handgun cartridge to achieve the goal of low muzzle flash.

    If I were planning to attempt such a load I would choose a powder like Bullseye or Win 231 and consult loading manuals to see what the midpoint between the minimum recommended charge weight and the maximum charge weight for the bullet weight used. I'd play with loads between the minimum and the midpoint.

    I was recently making use of Red Dot with another revolver cartridge in a mid range application and didn't notice a lot of flash from a 4-inch barrel.

    Heavy charges of powders that would be considered slow burning for .38 Special applications will definitely produce the most flash. Barrel length comes into play too and a short barrel could be more tricky.

    Off the subject but if a fellow wants to build loads for the .357 Magnum that light up the countryside like a flash bulb try maximum charges of either Unique or Blue Dot behind that 125 grain bullet in 2 1/2-inch barrels or 4-inch barrels.

    Fired at night, such loads appear as if they will singe the shooter's shoe laces. Nether powder is necessarily the most efficient for velocity but they do light things up.
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    Hodgdon has loads with W231/H38 (same powder) that are +P and it's a low flash powder.
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