38-40 Loading

Welcome to the Leverguns.Com Forum. This is a high-class place so act respectable. We discuss most anything here ... politely.

Moderators: Hobie, AmBraCol

Forum rules
Welcome to the Leverguns.Com General Discussions Forum. This is a high-class place so act respectable. We discuss most anything here other than politics... politely.

Please post political post in the new Politics forum.
Post Reply
Message
Author
Garys38WCF
Levergunner
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:07 pm

38-40 Loading

#1 Post by Garys38WCF » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:14 pm

Hi there from Corpus Christi Texas!
I have a lot to share but tonight I have a question for you guys.

I’ve been searching high and low on the internet for 38-40 load data using Reloader 7. If anyone can help me out I’d greatly appreciate it.

Thanks,

Gary

User avatar
GunnyMack
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 3980
Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:57 am
Location: Not where I want to be!

Re: 38-40 Loading

#2 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:59 am

Welcome aboard! Personally I have no help to offer but I'm sure someone will come along with data that will work.
There is only one Earth. Do it a favor? GET OFF.

User avatar
OldWin
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 3415
Joined: Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:38 pm
Location: Maine

Re: 38-40 Loading

#3 Post by OldWin » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:53 am

Welcome to the fire!
The 38WCF is one of my favorite cartridges. Unfortunately, I have never used Reloader7 in this cartidge. It is a safe bet some of these ole boys will be along soon to help, however.
"Oh Bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered another round.

Leverluver
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 926
Joined: Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:02 pm
Location: WY

Re: 38-40 Loading

#4 Post by Leverluver » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:39 am

I have an old loading leaflet they used to put out that had some surprising (smoking) speeds for RE7 in the 38-40 at standard pressures. I haven't seen that data published (by Alliant) since. All the 38-40 current data will be found in the wimpy CAS load data. I am sure that Alliant brochure is buried somewhere but I'll see if I can find it.

3leggedturtle
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 3306
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:34 am
Location: north of Palacios about 1400 miles

Re: 38-40 Loading

#5 Post by 3leggedturtle » Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:41 am

Welcome to the Best Gun Enabler's forumn in the web. Google "RL7 in 38/40" you will find quite discussions on this. Alliant's manual will pop up and shows 25.8 grs. Todd/3leg
30/30 Winchester: Not accurate enough fer varmints, barely adequate for small deer; BUT In a 10" to 14" barrelled pistol; is good for moose/elk to 200 yards; ground squirrels to 300 metres

250 Savage: The Original short action, compact, high velocity cartridge.

User avatar
Shasta
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1410
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:50 pm
Location: Shasta County in far Northern California

Re: 38-40 Loading

#6 Post by Shasta » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:19 am

First of all, welcome to the Leverguns campfire. Lots of good info hereabouts.

Dunno if it helps, but I use 25.0 gr. Re7 in my .44-40 with a 205 gr. bullet with excellent results.

Shasta
California Rifle & Pistol Association LIFE Member
National Rifle Association BENEFACTOR LIFE Member


http://www.hcrpclub.org/schedule.html

avatar pic is Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, & Mt. Shasta

User avatar
Sixgun
Posting leader...
Posts: 12711
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:17 pm
Location: S.E.Pa..Where Trump Is Supported And Colt New Service Targets Are The Best Belly Guns

Re: 38-40 Loading

#7 Post by Sixgun » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:57 am

I personally think RL7 is too slow a powder to work reliably in the 38-40 unless your using full power loads or jacketed bullets.

Park it to the side and make it easy on yourself and use a fast to medium rate powder such as Unique. That makes it a no-brainer.----6
Donald Trumps Wall Will Work
After 2,000 Years, China Still Does Not Have Any Mexicans.
Image

Garys38WCF
Levergunner
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:07 pm

Re: 38-40 Loading

#8 Post by Garys38WCF » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:49 am

Wow such fast responses! Thank all of you for your inputs. I really am glad I found this forum full of helpful knowledgeable guys!👍

User avatar
earlmck
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2829
Joined: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:10 am
Location: pert-neer middle of Oregon

Re: 38-40 Loading

#9 Post by earlmck » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:50 am

Shasta's load 205bullet/25gr RL7 is the same as I load for a full-power load in my m92. It has the nice property of being a compressed load and so my 205 grain bullet with a kinda' skimpy crimp groove can't slip the crimp and push deeper in the case.

I don't shoot this in my old '73, however. It is a fine load for the stronger m92 action but pressures certainly exceed those intended in the old '73 rifles. QL thinks this load should give 23k psi or so. And while playing around in QL I see that a compressed load of 3031 would essentially give black-powder type pressures and velocities (13k psi, 1280 fps). I may have to give this a try sometime because that load range is what I have been using for our lever-action silhouette shoots.
The greatest patriot...
is he who heals the most gullies.
Patrick Henry

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MGR1 and 14 guests