I will be picking up my new 1894css .357/38 tomorrow!! I can not find any load data for 130gr. cast RNFP I have 1500 of these. I would like to load these in .38 specials. Anyone have info for these loads in my new Marlin rifle? Thanks
Look at Hodgdon's site http://www.hodgdon.com/basic-manual-inquiry.html for .38 special pistol loads.
You can also use loads for 125g bullets (close enough to 130g).
.38 special pistol loads will gain about 200 fps in a rifle.
Don't be tempted to load too hot, commercial lead pistol bullets may be too soft, or run out of lube in a rifle barrel and lead.
P.S. A friend always shoots a few jacketed rounds in a new barrel he is going to shoot cast bullets in. He says that it removes the burrs leftover from cutting the rifling and smooths the barrel. Then he gives it a good cleaning.