Recessed chambers and speedloaders


August 3, 2003, 10:25 AM
A Model 19 with recessed chambers has recently interested me but I have a couple of questions. Do recessed chambers have any impact on the use of speedloaders? Is the reloaded slowed down or more likely to be fumbled because the cartridges have to go into the recessed chambers? Thanks in advance.


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August 3, 2003, 10:28 AM
I haven't seen any difference between recessed chambers and those that aren't when speedloading.

Dave Markowitz
August 3, 2003, 10:56 AM
There's no difference with the recessed chambers. The rounds drop in just like in a non-recessed chamber.

(I base this on comparing my Model 15 .38 w/o recesses to my Model 28 w/recesses.)

August 3, 2003, 11:12 AM
I agree. There is no difference. Quantrill

Mike Irwin
August 3, 2003, 12:45 PM
If you're using bullets with very blunt tips the recessing can actually help guide the bullets into the chambers.

Other than that, no.

August 3, 2003, 01:23 PM
Nope we can't have everybody agreeing on this forum it's just not right ;)

If your talking totally unmodified I'd agree, but good chamfering makes a big difference in using speedloaders. S/W did the job on my non-recessed 65, very aggresive and works great. They don't just "lightly break the edges" like some shops do, they actually cut a tiny "funnel" into each cylinder and corresponding area of the star, then smooth it out. Loads with speedloaders like a dream.

Just due to the structure of the recessed chamber guns you can't get the same smooth funnel effect you can with the non recessed models. S/W will not even bother chamfering a recessed gun nowdays (I asked).

Even after smoothing up both my recessed 19's chambers with the Brownells chamfering tool and polishing neither loads near as quick as my non-recessed model 65 with loaders.

August 3, 2003, 01:56 PM
I have found that a sharp shouldered semi-wadcutter does tend to get hung up on those sharp edges as opposed to a non-recessed cylinder that has had the chambers chamfered. Round nose and jacketed hollow point or jacketed soft point ammo does not seem to get hung up on the edges.

August 3, 2003, 02:58 PM
If that 19 is offered at a fair (to you) price and in good shape by Jim March's checklist.....And you want it:

Get it without qualm and practice. Don't let the recessed chambers dampen your desire.

Like Mike, I think the recess helps a bit.
Practice helps a lot.


August 5, 2003, 09:48 PM
with one addition.

If'n you don't like it after all, talk to your Uncle Archie about it.

August 6, 2003, 09:37 PM
FWIW, I kind of like using an old revolver that might have some history behind it. The "old" craftsmanship can be great too. If it's a good price & in good shape, get it.

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