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Got out today and was able to finally really test some new loads I'd made up for my 9mm and the 380. These were all done with two powders that I hadn't used before and the Berry's 124gr Hollow Base Flat Point and the 115gr X-TREME RN in 9mm and the X-TREME 100gr in the 380.

I had used the Ramshot Silhouette in the 380 with the X-TREME and it works very well so most of the testing was done with AA#5. What I found is that Starting load was more consistent than the mid-load but still not as nice as the Ramshot. So for the 380 that makes the AA#5 and the HP-38 loads I've made and shot and found disappointing.

I found my PT92C does not like any of the Starting loads with any bullet with the AA#5. Was having all sorts of cycling problems and stovepipes with both the RN X-TREME and the Berry's. Now I was able to shoot some of the 115gr X-TREME 115gr RN previously that were loaded a little heavier and they fired and cycled just fine. Those got shot by mistake when the wife and I were out last and had to share a lane.

The 124gr Berry's were not loaded beyond the Starting load so now I will have to jack them up a bit and see what happens.

Just as a note my PT92C really likes the Berry's 124gr Hollow Base Flat Nose with both the Ramshot Silhouette and the HP-38.
 

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I am at this point very pleased with the loads I'm getting from the HP-38 and am starting to appreciate the Ramshot just as much. My own opinion of HP-38 is that it's been clean burning for all I've loaded in 9mm. For the 380 with a 100gr bullet not so much, regardless of the load level.

Going to load up some more 9mm with a medium load of the AA#5 and see how it works. I am rather sad that I didn't get a chance to try those loads in the wife's XD but she gets testy when I take her guns!
 

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I did some test unloading yesterday. 44sp and 10mm. it was a good day.

HP-38 is a good powder that i use regularly. I've also found that once I get toward the higher end of the load range that the rounds seem to burn cleaned with HP-38/ww-231.
Yea , instead of using the bullet puller I went to the range an unloaded 100- 10 MM and 100 - 9 MM today, both loaded with HS-6.
The 9 MM unloader was the CZ SP-01 Shadow -2, sick, sick ,sick puppy, 100 rounds fired from 7 yards to 25, 1 round outside a 8 inch circle and the center of the circle was gone.
The RIA was decent but certainly now where near competition for the CZ.
 

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You might want to try Universal Clays and/or SR-7625 in your .380 Auto. They are a bit denser than Unique with the same burn speed. Universal excels at the heavier bullets in the .380 Auto so should do well with that 100 grain bullet. SR-7625 was a power that I used to reach 1,000 fps with an AMT Backup and 90 grain XTPs back before there was a Universal Clays, around 1987 if I remember correctly. I think SR-7625 has been discontinued, so don't look too hard for it.
 

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Thanks GreenWolf70,
I have a load that I found both I and my gun like with the 100gr bullet. That is with Ramshot Silhouette between 3.9 to 4.2 gr., the 3.7gr starting load was nice and cycled well but as I moved up the charge the groups got smaller. Max load with this powder is 4.4gr but I haven't ventured there as I quit at the 4.2gr load. Another nice thing about this load is that my Lee disk measure drops it right at 4.1gr., right at the sweet spot!
 
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I have been loading some .380's for the last couple of days now and found that I hate loading those little suckers, too small for my old hands. Got over 500 loaded now and only have a couple hundred more to go until I have all my brass used up. I have a pet load that always works good in every thing I have tried it in. I use Federal primers because they are a tad softer and will go bang even if the hammer spring is getting tired. 100 grain RNFP plated bullet, 3.0 grains 231/HP38, Seated to .965. Not for Griz but fun at the range....

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gbusmech, I have been loading mine on the turret press because I'm only loading 100/150 at a time. I do now have the shell plate to do it on my Pro1000 and may just load a bunch and be done for awhile. As for the load I've tried the HP-38 in this with the 100gr X-TREME bullet with 2.9gr, 3.0 and 3.1 and none were very accurate. I read many times that people are using HP-38/231 and doing very well with it so I don't know why mine doesn't like it.
 

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I have loaded the 380, 80-90-100 grain projectiles with either Win 231 or HP -38 in the past but I have been using Unique so long that I would have to look up the data in my logbook.
best that I remember it shoot fairly well I say this because I don't remember any bad things about it, and thats generally how I remember what to not use.
 
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I have been loading some .380's for the last couple of days now and found that I hate loading those little suckers, too small for my old hands. Got over 500 loaded now and only have a couple hundred more to go until I have all my brass used up. I have a pet load that always works good in every thing I have tried it in. I use Federal primers because they are a tad softer and will go bang even if the hammer spring is getting tired. 100 grain RNFP plated bullet, 3.0 grains 231/HP38, Seated to .965. Not for Griz but fun at the range....

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The first powder I tried in .380 was W231/HP38 and when I got to 3.2gr with a 95gr LRN it was handily out-shooting the factory stuff in three guns, so I just stopped there.
 

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The first powder I tried in .380 was W231/HP38 and when I got to 3.2gr with a 95gr LRN it was handily out-shooting the factory stuff in three guns, so I just stopped there.
See, another example of a happy customer. But I still cannot find a load with HP-38 and a 100gr bullet then my gun likes. Haven't tried a lighter bullet yet either though I am thinking of trying a 100gr cast lead item.
 

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Aggie posted it on the first page.
 
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