Colt Python bullet weight???

Colt Python bullet weight???

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    Colt Python bullet weight???

    I just want to play at the range with my Python. 6" barrel,
    I want to load up some ammo for it. Its going to be .38 Spec ( cases) I have several bullet weights in the bench, what bullet weight do you recommend for plinking away for a few hours?

    This is not My EDC and not for SD just want to have some fun target time with my Python and maybe let the Mrs. shoot it if she can put her pistol down.
    I have lots of "Bullseye" and "Titegroup" powder available. I figure I will go middle of the charge maybe on the lighter end.

    The max distance will be 50 feet.

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    To be quite honest I would look at the 158 grain weight class. Colt, and every other .357 manufacturer, has tailored their Magnums for the original .357 loading which is the 158 grain. You should get the best accuracy with this weight, and if not loaded to hot, should not produce leading to the level the old loads did.
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    I agree with GM, 158's.
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    158gr at SAMI of about 17,000 is right where you are saying, and right where you want to be running under 1000fps.

    I shoot more of this by far than anything else, because playing/plinking with revolvers is the majority of my shooting.

    Less than a middling charge, exactly as you propose, will work perfectly. Out of a Python you'll be more than satisfied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaeger View Post
    158gr at SAMI of about 17,000 is right where you are saying, and right where you want to be running under 1000fps.

    I shoot more of this by far than anything else, because playing/plinking with revolvers is the majority of my shooting.

    Less than a middling charge, exactly as you propose, will work perfectly. Out of a Python you'll be more than satisfied.
    Just the sound of that load runnin' at 1,000fps makes me think it would be a tack driver. How does it group for you?
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    I use a pistol vice SA, and at 50' I get quarter sized groups (all shots touching or almost touching). In other words, it groups much better than I or most mortals can shoot.

    I have Smiths that are just as accurate though. They're just not quite as pretty.

    To me that is the standard .38 (special) load, and I have a press set up for only that.
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    I got plenty of those, so off to the bench I go!

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    Well, there you are then.

    I'd happily go with 158 grain lead semi-wadcutters over a mild to moderate charge of either of the powders you mention.

    Only other really fine choice for your Python would be the 148 grain lead hollow-base wadcutter. It'd love those too, all put up over a mild charge of Bulls-Eye.

    Have a Python. Not my favorite of favorites but, much as it pains a rabid Smith & Wesson fan to say it, the thing will shoot. The load used in this six-shot effort, as written on the target, wouldn't be considered a plinking load.

    As usual, this was the best of several groups fired, best of the day for all guns taken out as I recall.
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