What's your favorite 38 special target shooter


amazon shooter
August 5, 2008, 02:14 PM
Hi guys,

I've read that the most accurate 38 Special load is the 148 grain wadcutter at 25 yards.

What's your favorite revolver to do this job? Please give the make, model and barrel length.


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August 5, 2008, 02:23 PM
S&W model 10-4 in 3" with Hogue square grip.

August 5, 2008, 02:32 PM
S&W 6" K-38 Model 14, bar none. I have rubber Hogues on the gun. I've tried several other grips. I always come back either to Hogues or Pachmayrs.

I load a Star [I'll have to switch back to Remington or Winchester now that Star's gone] 148gr. HBWC over 2.8-3.0gr. of Bullseye and a Federal Small Match primer. I seat slightly under the case mouth and roll crimp over it so the ammunition is compatible with both my K-38 and my Giles .38 Special M1911. I've never seen anything comparable top it.

Jim Watson
August 5, 2008, 02:33 PM
Colt Python 6"

S&W M52, but that's not a revolver.

August 5, 2008, 02:35 PM
FWIW I am an IPSC shooter, not a bullseye shooter. I tend to shoot fast, and a lot of my targets are at close range. I don't consider myself a great shot. My best results are as follows:

Model 66, four inch barrel, S&W target stocks, factory sights. First time at the range, first cylinder, I knocked over four 1/2 size silhouette plates at 100 meters, standing, two handed grip, unsupported. Ammo was 130 grain Federal FMJ, IIRC.

Most accurate pistol I've shot was a model 686, 6 inch barrel, factory sights, can't remember the dash number but it had the firing pin on the hammer. 5 rounds, one inch center to center at 25 meters, standing from a barricade.
Ammunition was Winchester 158 grain lead round nose .38 special.

S&W make very good revolvers.

August 5, 2008, 02:36 PM
Of what I actually have....6" Model 14.....4" Model 10 HB.

I would love a .38 Spl Python, but ...$$$$$$$ :what:

Maybe someday. :)

August 5, 2008, 04:01 PM
The S&W 6" K-38 Masterpiece (Model 14) was the gun to beat in NRA Bullseye, back when people still shot NRA Bullseye, and still shot revolvers.

The 6" Colt Officers Model Match was the only other revolver that ever won against them with any regularity.

Later, revolvers fell by the wayside, and the S&W Model 52 pistol was winning everything, along with a very few converted .38 Spl. 1911's.

Then later still, the 1911 .45 ACP wad-cutter guns took over, and almost no one with a chance of winning still shot .38 Special revolvers, or pistols, in centerfire matches.


The Bushmaster
August 5, 2008, 04:33 PM
.38 Special Python??

August 5, 2008, 04:41 PM
But I don't think I ever saw a Python used in competition by anyone when I was shooting with 5th. Inf. AMU.

That was a might scarce & expensive gun, as they only made them a very short while during the time revolvers were still being used in bullseye competition.


August 5, 2008, 09:28 PM
S&W Model 52..........what else?

I would love to try a Freedom Arms 357 with a 38 cylinder however.

Jim March
August 5, 2008, 09:58 PM
Freedom Arms model '97 with dual cylinders, 357 and 38 match chamber, adjustable sights, 4.75" barrel and the new rounded grip frame.

In double action: the Colt Officer's Match, the near-legendary ancestor to the Python available in 38Spl and 22LR.

August 6, 2008, 12:08 AM
Post war 38-44 outdoorsman and K38 Masterpiece.

August 6, 2008, 12:26 AM
model 14 Smith single action

August 6, 2008, 01:51 AM
Bill Davis Windmaster PPC Revolver with a 6 pound double action pull. 12 shot groups run about 1.5 - 1.75 inches at 50 yards.


Just my .02,

August 6, 2008, 08:32 AM
M15 Smith, my favorite 38spl.

August 6, 2008, 08:40 AM
parisite S&W Model 52..........what else?

I would love to try a Freedom Arms 357 with a 38 cylinder however.

I almost called you on that, because it's not a revolver, but it does shoot .38 splWC.

My favorite is a cross, between my perfect easy shooting S&W 627 V-Comp 5", or my hard to shoot accurately S&W 638 1.89" Airweight.

Just last night, Jack at American shooters, did about a 1.5" group at 25 yards with my 627 shooting four shot's, "freehand".

Then he did a 20" group with my 638 at 25 yards. Go figure!:uhoh:

August 6, 2008, 12:43 PM
When it comes to the ultimate accuracy, it is clearly my M14-2 with Nill grips for single handed shooting.
The hammer fall is shorter than on a Ruger, Python, and even the Korth in the picture.


August 6, 2008, 03:11 PM
yup,my S&W Mod.14-4 with the single action only option. a work of art. jwr

41 magnum fan
August 6, 2008, 03:54 PM
My favorite is my S&W 4" model 15-3.

Tom Servo
August 6, 2008, 04:06 PM
S&W Model 67.

August 6, 2008, 04:48 PM
My bestest wheel gun!!!


August 6, 2008, 05:25 PM
8 3/8 M-14 with a Matchdot/Ultradot. More barrel then it needs.
I use Zero 148 HBWC, 3 grains WW231 and have had great results with Wolf primers. They won't work with a light DA unit, they do work great SA.

August 6, 2008, 05:45 PM
Without a doubt......My 2" Model 15........Zebulon


August 6, 2008, 06:21 PM
Smith model 10-? heavy barrel 4" it shoots better that I do!

August 7, 2008, 03:27 AM
S&W 6" Mod. 14-1 :)


Steven Proshop
August 7, 2008, 11:28 AM
i like my python, and my S&W Model 28 shoots very well with SWCs.

August 7, 2008, 01:02 PM
Smith 10-8 4 inch, great wheelgun, far more accurate than I am!


August 7, 2008, 08:58 PM
Smith and Wesson Model 686 - 357Magnum - Bought NIB between 1998-2001 - NO S&W 'lock'.

Six inch barrel - NO plus - NO ported - Six Shot

I love to shoot 38Special, plus P and 357Magnum ammunition out of this gun!


August 7, 2008, 09:24 PM
My S&W 15-4 4" is a fantastic shooter.:cool:

Peter M. Eick
August 7, 2008, 09:47 PM
38/44 Outdoorsman


50 shots, 15 yrds offhand.

August 7, 2008, 09:56 PM
My Model 15, target trigger and hammer with Ahern grips. With my Rossi 92 makes for a very pleasant day of shooting. I do love the 38/44's, one is on my must have list. Someday!

August 7, 2008, 09:56 PM
My SW Model 15-3.

August 7, 2008, 10:09 PM
i like my python with 38s
but i like my other colt even better



August 7, 2008, 10:11 PM
K-38 5-screw.

August 8, 2008, 12:46 AM
'Ole Stovepipe - Colt Officers Model Special, 6-inch only, with target stocks. Scary past 50-yards.


August 8, 2008, 09:20 AM
I never touched a .38/.357M before getting my first of each, a 2" 10 & 6" 66, new 9/03. I had already started making ammo - that 6" 66 with homebrew 148gr LWC would stack them at 12-25 yd. Even that 2" 10, standing & hand held, would regularly ping a steel plate at 110yd. I've added a few since, including a 5" JM PC627 V-Comp and. my latest, a LNIB 4" 64-8. Even that last one is an unreal tackdriver - although, as it is regulated for +P and I shoot softer loads, it hits a tad low. Still, life would be complete with just it as a bullseye/plinker .38.

Made 6/05, it has MIM parts, IL, and a two-piece barrel - but I love it! My non-fg square conversion Ahrends in cocobolo make it a great grab and pointer - besting that beautiful PC 627, even with it's butter-smooth trigger. I bought the 64 as a 'house' gun... it's just a lot of fun. I always wamted a decent 10 that would be easy to clean - I got it!



PS Don't get me wrong... my PC 627 has a home!

August 8, 2008, 11:03 AM
14-3 then my 67, and then both of my 64's in 4 and 2 inch. Its even started to affect my son who is only 10 and can pick from a large collection of revolvers and autos has fallen for my 14-3.

August 8, 2008, 01:55 PM
S&W 686 Plus. 7 Shot. Shoots 38's with a kick comparable to a 22LR. :neener:

August 8, 2008, 02:13 PM
Well, if you add speed....



August 8, 2008, 02:20 PM
Both of 'em are 4-inch .357s. The M13 is a heavy barrel (but fixed sights) as a police trade-in.

Both shoot like a house on fire. :what: While you might find a target revolver out there in .38 Special, both of these shoot better than I do.

August 8, 2008, 04:08 PM
6 inch K-38

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