My main purpose was to test out about 50 or so rounds of my Small-Hold cast and hand loaded .38 cartridges I have been pressing out. Of course I know I am not the best handgunner that ever picked up a side arm. I would be willing to bet I rank in the bottom 20% in accuracy if you want to get right down to it. I just never have been very good at pistol shooting. It was pretty routine for me to have to take an extra go of qualifying with my issue .45 back in the day as well.
Yes I am hanging my head in shame as I confess this. Outside of about 10 yards I wouldn't even bother pulling my sidearm out but inside that 30 foot zone barns and outbuildings across the world know to steer well clear of me :)
I used a low charge HP-38 powder and put a nice deep crimp in the .38 rounds and they performed admirably. I was actually hitting paper even at the 50th round so leading wasn't an issue apparently. I usually accomplish hitting paper by aiming at the very bottom Right hand side of the entire target paper. This usually results in a round penetrating the paper somewhere above and to the left of my aiming point. Ya I am that bad but I can almost always hit the silhouette using this method so I still feel a pistol is a good home defense weapon for me.
I call it the PP Pistol Zen shot method.
Before someone mentions that I should adjust my sights I would also like to point out I have tried and no pistol sight has ever been able to adjust to my bad aim.
So the new experiment in sustainable bullet casting was a success which will greatly facilitate the hand loading of the other four coffee cans of .38 brass I have stored in the shop. This should cut my overall cost down considerably as well since the price of casting these bullets is pretty low.
I will write a full report on how much leading I actually find in the barrel after I give my .357 a good cleaning this evening. I got back a little late and need to get dinner started so the pistol must wait a few hours which shouldn't hurt it any.
I will also catch up on comment replies afterwards.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!