OK guys, I'm not going to give up till my 38 HBWC loads produce an ES of 5fps and 2" groups at 100 yds. Or maybe when I go down to the local supplier and the shelves are bare. In the "Pounder Labs Video (u-tube) on 38 HBWCs and cannelures" The guy states that they used Hodgdon Titegroup because it was less position sensitive. Anybody have any experience with this powder in a 38 spec and HBWC?
My experience with 3.4 gr of W231 is velocity is about 50fps less when the powder is level versus when the revolver is tipped and powder is at back of case. As we all know, the 38 spec case was designed as a BP cartridge. Somewhere on u-tube there is a video (Fortune Cookie?) in which 38 HBWCs are loaded using BP and the ES for 5 shots is 10fps. There is no way I will shoot BP in my PPC revolver. Years ago I thought Trailboss was the answer, but I get velocities spreads of over 100fps when using it.
So, next question: Since the 38 spec is such a popular cartridge, why isn't there a powder that is bulky enough to fill the space between base of case and bullet and produce a more consistent burn? Was HP38 suppose to be that powder?