I have about 400 rounds of 115gr Montana Gold CMJs left so I thought I’d try the difference between a 124gr and 115gr. In order to make major factor using a 115gr bullet, I’d have to load in at least 11gr of Vihtavuori N105 powder. Since my open gun has a compensator, sometimes it is better to load it hotter at a higher Power Factor. The reason for doing so is to give the compensator a lot more gas to work on managing recoil.
Here’s how 11.5gr of N105 looks like :
srsly! That’s so close to the top I had to carefully index the shellplate or risk vibrating or jolting the powder out of the case. In the past, I’ve been loading .45ACP and to make major power factor, all I had to use was 3.7grs of Hodgdon Clays. That’s barely visible inside the huge 45ACP case. Very different from reloading 38 Super Comp.
The good thing about this is, I will never ever have a undercharge or overcharged case. That doesn’t mean that I can still be lazy, but it’s good to know that it’ll be safer.
Here’s 90 rounds of 38 Super Comp I loaded today for Chrono.
- 11.2gr ( which is very popular with shooters on the BENOS forum)
- 11.3gr one of those (I FEEL this is going to be good) loads
- 11.5gr – Just to see how the gun reacts
Now all I need is time to head to the range.