.38 Super Pocket Revolver


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bl4ckd0g
December 9, 2007, 08:07 PM
Hi;

I'm about to get my CCW permit and I'd like to get some kind of a .38 pocket revolver that can fire my .38 super handloads from moon clips.

I'm not looking to 'sell one of my kidneys' to fund a new purchase, but I'd something that digests any of the my 2,000 handloads sitting on my shelf at home.

What do you suggest?

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Jim Watson
December 9, 2007, 08:19 PM
I know of no such revolver, the Taurus effort in that direction did not fly.
A .38 Special revolver rechambered to 9mm P and cut to accept moon clips is a $225 job at Pinnacle. Maybe they would make it a .38 Super upon request.
http://www.pinnacle-guns.com/revolver.asp

AirForceShooter
December 9, 2007, 08:30 PM
I'm very sure you're out of luck.

AFS

Kimber1911_06238
December 9, 2007, 08:32 PM
good luck finding one

mavracer
December 9, 2007, 08:48 PM
the outside diameter is the same as 38/357 and saami pressure is less than 357 so IMHO it would probably work in any 357 chambered snub it would however be way over pressure for a 38 special.I'm not sure if it would be very accurate and you might have some misfires due to the thinner rim.

MatthewVanitas
December 9, 2007, 08:58 PM
Dane Burns has converted various small revolvers to 9x23mm, which is in the same ballpark.

Here's a thread with various folks discussing .38 Super and 9x23mm conversions:

http://www.pistolsmith.com/viewtopic.php?p=57967&sid=26f0da19e4554101a5b9466ffc5371a8


EDIT: Pinnacle is apparently willing to rechamber your revos to .38 Super, probably for around $225ish: http://www.pinnacle-guns.com/revolver.asp

bl4ckd0g
December 9, 2007, 09:52 PM
That S&W 940 fails the 'sell my kidney' test. I'll have to look into another option.

Jim Watson
December 9, 2007, 11:32 PM
I don't know about you, but I do not enjoy firing a heavily loaded snubby so much that having 2000 rounds of ammunition on hand would have any effect on my choice. S&W 642 Airweight hammerless with .38 +P is about where the equation balances out for me.

Roswell 1847
December 10, 2007, 12:48 AM
Remember that a .38 Super or .38 auto fired in a .38 Special or .357 Chamber can result in the bullet swelling to fit the chamber then either jamming on the edge of the chamber mouth or stripping away a ring of jacket material which can choke down the chamber mouth and seize the next bullet fired through it. Guns have blown up using .38 autos in .38 Chambers.

A .357 with the edge of the chamber mouth tapered like a forcing cone would probably handle the .38 Super but accuracy would be problematic. I wouldn't suggest it except as an emergency situation if no other ammo was available.

ArchAngelCD
December 10, 2007, 01:10 AM
That S&W 940 fails the 'sell my kidney' test. I'll have to look into another option.
bl4ckd0g,
Is it a power thing for you or is it a project thing?
If it's power you are looking for I'm sure the .357 Magnum should fit the bill quite well. If it's a project thing and you want a J frame which fires a pistol round what's wrong with a 9mm?

I know the 38 Super is a very versatile round but I think if it was a good round for a J frame conversion it would have been done a few times already. It does sound like an interesting project though...

tinygnat219
December 10, 2007, 12:34 PM
I asked them if they are willing to look at re-chambering for a 7.62 Tokarev revolver.

rdrancher
December 10, 2007, 02:09 PM
I don't know about you, but I do not enjoy firing a heavily loaded snubby so much that having 2000 rounds of ammunition on hand would have any effect on my choice. S&W 642 Airweight hammerless with .38 +P is about where the equation balances out for me.

Boy, that's a +P...err +1 on that one!

rd

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