RLP 082 - Safety questions

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  1. We aren’t going to use the listener’s name tonight, for what are obvious reasons.
    1. Comment: I have been enjoying your podcast very much. You seem to come up with many of the same tricks and techniques I have found over the years. I think I have been reloading longer than Jim. I have noticed (Jim talks about reloading 38 Special and 357 Mag) in my manuals that when using 38 Special brass the powder charge is always less than for 357 Mag brass. I am talking 158g lead semi-wad cutters. Now my question is, does the gun you shoot the load in make the difference, or is the brass for the 38 Special weaker? Being lazy and having only 357 Mag chambers I would like to load both brass cases to the same higher charge and not mess with changing the powder adjustment on my Dillon. Any thoughts? Thanks, Name Removed  PS: I an able to find lots of 38 Special brass, 357 Mag not any where I live.
    2. Jim here, the answer to your first question sir, is yes, 38 brass doesn’t need to be made quite as strong as 357 brass, blah, blah, blah…I would never consider loading 38 brass at 357 Mag levels, purely for safety reasons, the economics of what you’re asking don’t seem to be worth the cost risk of injuries you might sustain, never mind the pain and suffering you’d incur.
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