24 January 2008
If you have older Hercules Bullseye load 2.7-2.8 grs. of Bullseye.
If you have current Alliant Bullseye best accuracy will be with 3.0-3.1 grs. of Bullseye, which approximates the velocity of factory wadcutter ammunition. If you want to reduce recoil, you may safely reduce the charge with current Alliant Bullseye down to 2.4 grs. and accuracy will be OK, but possibly not as good as with the full load. With older Hercules Bullseye velocities are uniform and accuracy satisfactory down to 2 grains.
I have found that the Remington HBWCs shoot best when loaded in unsized cases which have been decapped, lightly inside deburred to remove the sharp wire edge, flared enough to hand start the bullet to the first band, charged with 3 to 3.1 grs. of Bullseye and flush seated to the same length as factory wadcutter ammo. Last step is to full length size and profile the loaded round in the Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Die, applying no more taper crimp than necessary to remove all mouth flare and permit easy chambering.
I have found that “wadcutter” brass having a cannelure under the base of the HBWC bullet is thinner walled and works better than other cases from service loads having a cannelure closer to the mouth.
If you have only sized brass and not fired wadcutter brass, use an RCBS .38 S&W “Cowboy” expander plug to expand and flare your cases, so that you don't damage the base of the soft HBWC bullets trying top mash them into case mouths which are too tight. See: http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=188113&t=11082005>http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=188113&t=11082005
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In a 6” K-38 or Colt Officer's Model Match the Remington HBWC bullets, loaded in this manner will shoot 3/4” groups at 25 yards and should be close to one-hole accurate at 50 ft. if your gun is clean to start with, ranges and indexes correctly.
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