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Old 01-26-2013, 8:17 AM
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i am reloading 38 special with bullseye powder, i am almost at the max load and i am getting alot of smoke when i shoot. i was wondering what would cause this? i use bullseye for almost all of my handgun load and never get any smoke.
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Old 01-26-2013, 8:29 AM
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What type of bullets?
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Old 01-26-2013, 8:33 AM
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I'm just wondering why you're pushing close to max loads?

I second the question about the type of bullet you're using. If you're shooting cast bullets, are they GCed? What type of lube is on them?
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Old 01-26-2013, 8:40 AM
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they are hsm custom bullets from sportsman warehouse 125 grain semi wadcutter
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Cast or jacketed? I'm too lazy to research them on my own.
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Is this the bullets you're using?

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The lube is what's smoking.
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The lube is what's smoking.
Yup, I was heading down the same path.
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Yup, I was heading down the same path.
Me too.
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could see it a mile away with CSA's questioning. I find LLA smokes a bunch.
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thanks guys yes that is the bullet
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Try reducing your load. I don't push non GCed hard cast bullets too fast. I noticed an increased amount of leading and smoking lube when I have tried it. But, I've also switched to Jake's Red lube since then and haven't had a problem with leading or smoking since.
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Reduce your powder charge. You're just wasting propellant. When I experienced that big smoke puff I was using moly coated lead with no lube grooves and still got a lot of smoke and severe barrel leading. That was my signal to reduce the powder charge. I was near max too. Lesson learned.
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