Went to the range this morning to see how my recent reloading work has gone. Getting back into 'rolling my own' as ammo prices are getting silly/stupid. So I've spent this weekend loading four boxes of .38 Special, two boxes of .357 Magnum and two boxes of .45 ACP. I shot the .38 Special loads with a 125 grain JHP over 3.7grains of Red Dot, my old 'standby' load - they did fairly well, though definitely milder than factory .38s. Shot a bit low. Shot another load using the same bullet over 5 grains of Unique - also a bit too mild and shot low. Both grouped pretty well, except for a few that were very light - don't know what happened.... Had one bullet lodged in the muzzle of my Ruger Security Six - actually sticking out the end! Gunny Don got a good laugh out of that one. I caught one squib during loading - put a bullet over an empty case! Apparently I had TWO of them. Gunny Don suggested using 7 grains of Unique, but he loads 158 grain in .38. It should PERK things up. One Red Dot group showed five within an inch and a half at 15 yards! The sixth was high. One of my best groups EVER, minus the flyer! Tried some .38 Super (loaded by Georgia Arms - I like their ammo) in my Star Super pistol - it's actually a 9mm Largo, but a lot of guys make the minor mod to shoot .38 Super. Had some feeding problems, but it grouped very nicely - a bit HOT too! Gonna need a stiffer recoil spring. The Star bit my right hand too. 'Hammer bite'. This is a common problem with the old Stars - need to trim the hammer spur a bit. Shot the .44 cap&ball 1860 Army, and first two cylinders ran well - third cylinder, got four 'no fires' - DANG! Gonna have to strip it and punch them out. This hawgleg has always been cantankerous - my new 1851 Navy is much more reliable, but I didn't bring it. I shot the little singleshot .36 Boot Pistol. Had some misfires - bad caps maybe? Remington caps work better than CCI. Couldn't see any holes at 15 yards - my buddy Keith was right! It's not a target pistol..... Hehehe! (NO sights - the hammer is too high!). Fun though. I made a ramrod with a wooden dowel, and M1 Carbine brass ends JB Welded onto it - works great! I do need to trim the TC-lubed patches down - the ones I have are for the .50 caliber ML rifle - leaves too much fabric in front of the .36 ball. I used a 15 grain load of Triple Seven powder - might bump that up a bit - seems light. All my BP shooting now is with the Hodgdon's Triple Seven powder - great stuff! One range comedian said it smells like "dirty old socks"! Couldn't try my .45 reloads - I forgot the danged pistol! "DOH!" It was busy out there this morning! The pistol side was packed, Don (old Marine), Steve (SIG guy) and another regular were there, and a bunch of younger folks! I packed up and motored out about 9:30 - I was on the KLR motorbike. Not a bad day, if a bit disappointing. But, it gives me an excuse to improve my loads!