.380 loads for a 95 LRN and red dot

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  1. #1 .380 loads for a 95 LRN and red dot 
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    Anyone using red dot powder and cast bullets? My grandfather gave me a *huge* keg of red dot and my lyman manual lists red dot loads for a 90 grain and a 120 grain cast bullet. I couldnt find cast bullets online in either grain weight that would work, but I did find 95 grain bullets from missouri bullet company for cheap. So,my question is, can I use the 90 grain cast bullet data for the 95 grain bullet? Anyone have any other loads? Also have a few pounds of green dot I can have for free, anyone have any experience using that?
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  2. #2 Re: .380 loads for a 95 LRN and red dot 
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbanyCO
    So,my question is, can I use the 90 grain cast bullet data for the 95 grain bullet?
    No - at least not for the high end loads. A heavier bullet will create higher pressures. Thus, I'd start just a bit below the low end load data for the 90 grain bullet and never exceed some 5% to 10% below the max load data for the 90 grain bullet.



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  3. #3 Re: .380 loads for a 95 LRN and red dot 
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    Good advice! Not looking for full power loads, just enough juice to practice with and cycle the pistol.
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  4. #4 Re: .380 loads for a 95 LRN and red dot 
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    Just in case anyone had any interest, I used the following load with good results:
    Missouri Bullet company 95grn LRN and 2.1 grains red dot. Pistol functions well and the spent brass doesn't go far. It is very soft shooting. Perfect for plinking. I'm using a lee dipper. Simple and fast.

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