RCBS 38-158-SWC

In my sixgun I mostly use plain base bullets, but I do shoot a few with gas checks. One of my favorites is the RCBS 38-158-SWC. I use it in my Ruger Blackhawk & S&W Model 28.

These were cast with range scrape and I use Hornady checks. They make a pretty load and shoot great.

 

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Reloader-7sixtwo
Reloader-7sixtwo

Nice bullet there Creeker, my Ruger BH love that style of bullet as well. I ended up buying a NOE clone of the Ray Thompson Lyman #358156 mold that will cast HP or FN bullets. It has the double crimp grooves that allow you to load the bullet long in 38 special cases so you have less bullet jump. http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/product_info.php?cPath=35_308&products_id=2245&osCsid=a85sik4qp4vhl3oipvetnbof67

Bigger behind the trigger
Bigger behind the trigger

Those are some nice looking bullets. I haven’t used case checks before. My powder coated bullets seem to do good without them. I’m starting. To cast rifle bullets I was thinking of putting on GC’s before I powder coat and then resize them. I’m hoping that the powder coating doesn’t pull the GC’s off. I could seat the GC’s on after I powder coat and hope that the powder coating will hold the GC’s on. I have seen some rifle bullets that have them on after powder coating. I just started casting .309 and .224 bullets. I have been reading… Read more »

Reloader-7sixtwo
Reloader-7sixtwo

I normally don’t PC my gas checks along with the bullets but some do for various reasons, but I have done it just to see if I could and had no issues with the checks coming off the bullet during the process or the PC coming off the checks, just make sure the checks are free of any contaminants like oil, lube, etc. that might cause the PC not to stick to the checks an keep you’re sizing to a minimum if possible, I personally just like to install my checks after I PC the bullets, it’s just the way… Read more »

Reloader-7sixtwo
Reloader-7sixtwo

Bigger I should also mention that you should slug the bore on your Beretta before you buy a mold as groove diameters can vary between mfg. you may find that your pistol likes a cast bullets sized to .357″ or even .358″ in some instances. On semi auto pistols the leads can start right where the case mouth begin on other there is a bit of jump ie, freebore and if you’re using powder coated lead RN bullet you may have to seat them deeper as the PC will increase the dia. of the ogive so watch your load data… Read more »