Your feedback is very much appreciated. Murphy, Iím especially obliged for the data. And to BrownBear, to answer your question, these non-gas checked bullets are very hard.
Iíve got Lymanís 48th manual but the closest that manual gets is a 160 or 170 grain linotype (I donít even know what that means!) bullet, and Iím not super comfortable about just winging things. Needless to say, I feel a little more comfortable using data published for the exact bullet Iím shooting, so thanks again for the research.
I think that's a great point about not spending too much time working on getting a great load. I donít cast my own bullets (yet) and I donít have a steady supply of these. Iím basically looking to load up a paper plinker that my wife and I can economically throw down range through our smith 19 and 65 four inch revolvers. That being said, and given that I as well have a supply of Unique on hand, Ill definitely take your advice and ďthrow a little dab in a case, stuff em on top, put on a little crimp and head to the rangeĒ!
BrownBear, thanks for your comments on reaming the forcing cone. Interestingly enough, I bought my Smith 19 used at a show (probably never do that again!) and when I took it shooting I noticed some gold deposits on the end of the barrel (I was shooting gold dot bullets). Not feeling comfortable with a shaving revolver, I took the gun to see a friend of mine who has over 5 decades experience working on guns. He confirmed that the hand that rotates the cylinder was worn out and replaced it for me. He also ďchamfered the forcing cone, to open things up a bitĒ. This must be exactly what youíre talking about?
One last question. Do either of you have any experience with Laser Cast bullets from Oregon Trail? I just picked up five hundred 158 grain 38 Cal SWC's. Was hoping they turn out to be a decent plinker bullet.