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Old 07-04-2010, 13:10   #1
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38 Loads For Distinguished Revolver

I have just acquired a pristine S&W Model 14-5. For competition in Distinguished Revolver I'm told I have to use factory 158gr LSWC or LRN. To save my fun tickets I wanted to use reloads for practice but have no idea what powder or what amount. Anyone with experience in this area?
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Old 07-04-2010, 14:43   #2
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I expect you're looking to duplicate the basic 158gr LRN factory load. My 45th edition of the Lyman loading manual shows 3.5 grains of Bullseye should give a velocity of 826 fps.
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Old 07-04-2010, 15:25   #3
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If you're going to be shooting bullseye targets the SWC design is much easier to score and if your eyes are halfway decent you'll be able to call your shots without a spotting scope at 25 yards. At 50 yards it gets a little trickier unless you're an eagle.

As Butch said. 3.5 Bullseye is a very accurate load and fun to shoot but if you're going to put thousands and thousands of rounds downrange for practice I think you'll find that you can reduce that by a good margin and still retain the same accuracy.

I load 3.6 Bullseye under a Lachmiller 162 grain SWC for steel shooting out to a 100 yards. Fun to shoot but when I used the same bullet for NRA bullseye I was down closer to 3 grains even.


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Old 07-05-2010, 05:16   #4
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Thanks guys, I have plenty of Bullseye powder. Just waiting on my bullets from Oregon Trail.
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Thanks guys, I have plenty of Bullseye powder. Just waiting on my bullets from Oregon Trail.
Did you go with the round nosed one's? They work better with speedloaders.....
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Did you go with the round nosed one's? They work better with speedloaders.....

Ya know, I didn't even think about that, live and learn.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:06   #7
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When I shop PPC, I had 2 loads.

For the 1500

148gr HBWC
2.8gr/Bullseye
Loaded flush with a slight roll crimp.

For the Distinguished & Snub

158gr LSWC
2.8gr/Bullseye
Slight roll crimp into the crimp groove.
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Old 07-10-2010, 23:54   #8
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I've had good results w/ Hogdon Titegroup in both my Taurus 45 Colt Titanium revolver and my 38 S&W Airweight.
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Old 07-11-2010, 00:13   #9
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LSWC are almost as quick as LRN in speedloaders and do make scoring easier. The same bullet is a lot more effective at punching holes in things other than paper than the LRN.
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