My wife and I go and shoot pistols about twice a month. It's fun. We are shooting some 38 Special loads from my workshop using 158 gr. cast bullets. I also use all-lead bullets of the same weight from Hornady -- these are swaged.
I make up moderate loads, using 3.0 gr. Red Dot.
It is really remarkable how accurate these loads can be. I shot five using my son's Colt Trooper 357, using these 38 Special loads. Range 25 feet. Four were in one ragged hole, with a fifth about an inch high.
One advantage of these mild loads is more shooting before you get "blast happy." The loads are moderate, the recoil is light, there's less temptation to flinch . . . .
I also use cast bullets in my 44 Mag. I use cast 240 gr SWC bullets. But in the big 44, the charge is more -- 6.0 gr Red Dot. Extremely accurate.
Maybe the better targets relate to the comfort level of these moderate kickers.
the nevada cast boolit shoot
[hand gun "group"] was won with a group under 3/4" at 50 yds [ bench open sights] the 25 yd [off hand] group was in the 9/16th inch range, it would have been 1/2" but one shot was a bit low.
the off hand group was shot with a borrowed gun.