How many really enjoy your snubnose


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BossHogg
April 4, 2011, 12:06 AM
Do you take your snubnose to the range and really give them a workout? I really like to take my J-frames out and run a few boxes through them. Most my buddies might put 10-15 rounds down range and move on to other guns.

I'm just wondering how many of you run a box or more on a range trip. I get tired of chasing brass and find much more enjoyment shooting my wheel guns . The 38 spl is really making a come back of sorts to me, never completely got away from it.

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gathert
April 4, 2011, 12:19 AM
I have a 1976 Chiefs Special Model 37 .38 special that I love to shoot, even with smaller grips on it. Its got a 3" barrel, so its no as snub as some but I'll shoot anything all day as long as I have the ammo for it.

167
April 4, 2011, 12:26 AM
I use to have a S&W 637 that I routinely shot 150+ plus rounds through each range trip (about once a month at that time). I have since sold it, but kinda wish I still had it.

Smaug
April 4, 2011, 12:29 AM
I enjoy shooting my SP-101 in 3". I guess it is not a snub unless it is 2" or under, right? Oh well.

I like it with light .38 Special level handloads in .357 cases, with light 110 gr. bullets.

I just put laser grips on it. It easily doubled the enjoyment at 7-15 yds, as the sight radius was no longer a limiting factor.

GRIZ22
April 4, 2011, 12:31 AM
I enjoy shooting my SP-101 in 3". I guess it is not a snub unless it is 2" or under, right? Oh well.


The extra inch of barrel makes a world of difference whether its a Ruger, Colt, or S&W.

0to60
April 4, 2011, 01:12 AM
I bought a 2.5" SP101 for my wife for Xmas. We've only taken it to the range once, but now that I have my reloading press going again that gun will see lots of use. We both loved it, especially shooting .357 mag rounds. .38 spl is cute, but I love the blast and sound of the .357.

evan price
April 4, 2011, 02:32 AM
With the right ammo the short snubs don't bother me at the range at all. That said I bought snubs to use as specific tools for CCW, not range toys. Their "fun factor" is more of a bonus than an expectation.

NMPOPS
April 4, 2011, 04:28 AM
I have a 642 and a 638 that I put 50-100 rounds thru each at a range session. Great shooters!

coiler666
April 4, 2011, 06:21 AM
I bought a Lew Horton 686 S&W snub nib in i think 87, and i still shoot the snot outta it.Even with full power loads, its got enuff heft to make it fun to shoot all day long.:)

clutch
April 4, 2011, 06:34 AM
I usually put 25 rounds through my 442 at a minimum. I shoot my other guns first though.

Clutch

madcratebuilder
April 4, 2011, 06:38 AM
From 38S&W to .44spl I shoot the snot out of them. My two favorites are a 2.75" Security Six and a 2.5" 686.

bannockburn
April 4, 2011, 07:24 AM
When I do take my Model 649 to the range it's usually 100 rounds; 50 of the wadcutters to start off with and then 50 of the SD variety. With the right grips I have a great time shooting it.

Sig88
April 4, 2011, 07:44 AM
I enjoy my J-frame. I don't go all out at the range but I put a minimum of 25 rounds plus 10 rounds of carry ammo. I think it is a pleasure to shoot not a 100+ round gun but I still enjoy it.

Screendmon
April 4, 2011, 09:36 AM
I love shooting my Taurus 606 2" snub at the range. It is pretty darn accurate. I run 100 to 150 rounds a trip.

Guillermo
April 4, 2011, 10:17 AM
a 2.5 inch Diamondback is a dream to shoot.

I enjoy mine a great deal

Such would not be the case with a super light snub :what:

http://i600.photobucket.com/albums/tt82/BillLoeb/DBII.jpg

snooperman
April 4, 2011, 10:46 AM
I generally shoot 50-100 rounds through them here at my farm range. Two of therm have been shot for about 50 years with my own reloads--148gr wadcutters with 3.5gr bullseye and the same with the 158 gr semi-wadcutter. They were made to be shot and carried. I like them...very reliable.

Water-Man
April 4, 2011, 10:58 AM
The only one I have at the present time is a Taurus M450 2" s/s .45 Colt. It's one of my alternate carry guns. It doesn't get fired often but when it does it's alot of fun. I have it loaded with Gold Dot 250gr. GDHP which are very effective.

shootingthebreeze
April 4, 2011, 11:25 AM
I own a Rossi .38/.357 snub stainless steel and its accuracy at the range is quite surprising.

glockman19
April 4, 2011, 11:34 AM
I enjoy shooting my S&W 442 & 642.

Remllez
April 4, 2011, 05:40 PM
I own but one snub now but have owned a few in my day....every one of them was/is .38 special. The model 49 I shoot now like most snubs is not a range gun but it's a hoot to shoot. It's nickel steel and shoots dead on at 10/15 yards or less with 158 grain standard loads. With younger eyes I could shoot 8 inch groups at 25 yards. Honestly the Kel-Tec PF 9 I carry quite a bit kicks harder than that bodyguard.

Cosmoline
April 4, 2011, 06:04 PM
I've been exclusively shooting my Speed and short barrel Security Six for awhile now. Usually about 100-150 rounds per range trip. They're tons of fun and quite accurate once you get the hang of it. My target is usually at 15 yards. I think it's essential that you shoot your carry gun a lot, and that you keep in practice with it.

harmon rabb
April 4, 2011, 06:32 PM
I enjoy shooting my SP-101 in 3". I guess it is not a snub unless it is 2" or under, right? Oh well.

I like it with light .38 Special level handloads in .357 cases, with light 110 gr. bullets.

I just put laser grips on it. It easily doubled the enjoyment at 7-15 yds, as the sight radius was no longer a limiting factor.

SP101's don't count, not when compared to j-frames. I had a j-frame and got rid of it because it was so punishing to shoot. Replaced it with a SP101 that is pleasant to shoot. Totally different class of guns, imo.

lg&m
April 4, 2011, 06:41 PM
I enjoy shooting my 642 & 442 ever chance I get. I wish I could do it every day.

DC Plumber
April 4, 2011, 07:24 PM
I have two 3" Smith and Wesson .44 specials and a 2.5" Ruger Alaskan 454 Casull. I love shooting them. There's nothing better than getting good with a 3" revolver and knocking down steel plates at 50 yards when guys next to you are missing with 6" revovlers.

I rarely shoot each one less than 50 rounds at an outing.

ohio58
April 4, 2011, 07:26 PM
I only collect snubby's, i really like my 2 Model 10-5 S & W snubs and take them both to the range every chance i get. Both by the way are pristine condition. One is blued and the other nickel. I love the .38 Special

ColtPythonElite
April 4, 2011, 07:32 PM
I put 50 rounds thru a Colt snub and 50 rounds thru a SP-101 2.25 today. My SP will shoot at 25 yards as good as most 4" revolvers.

sm
April 4, 2011, 08:08 PM
Yep!

I have and continue to take critters with a snub nose revolver. Of recent, I have taken five groundhawgs, here on the property.

*fun*

TonyAngel
April 4, 2011, 10:13 PM
I have a little SP101 with a 2.25" barrel. I love that revolver. I bought it when Ruger first introduced it as being the .357 model that could chamber loads heavier than 125gr. For some reason, it just suits me. I have no problems plinking at clay pigeons at 25 yards with it. I just played around with my loads until I found one that hits at POI.

My only wish is that they offered one with a 3" barrel that has a full length ejector rod.

Bush Pilot
April 4, 2011, 10:20 PM
I've got a dozen snubbies of various makes and models. I also agree with the comment about not scrounging for the brass after a shooting session. Since I load really mild loads for my 38s it's easy to shoot 250 rds in a session.

Dr.Rob
April 5, 2011, 02:42 AM
Colt Magnum Carry: because you want to set the night on fire ;)

chriske
April 5, 2011, 09:44 AM
It's getting to the point I'm reluctant to store my 2" S&W 15 back into the gun safe for fear of what my other handguns will do to it out of spite because they almost don't get to be taken to the range & allowed to show their stuff any more ever since that little .38 was bought.
Just love my snub.

200 rounds per range session is no exception (should be, costwize, but isn't)

dogngun
April 5, 2011, 09:59 AM
It is GREAT to shoot. It's all stainless, and heavy-26 ounces empty. I replaced the hammer spring with one from Wolff that they use for J frame S&W's, and the trigger is much improved. It is a solid and very accurate revolver, and I carry it everywhere and leave my Smiths at home.
I have always liked snubbies-if you practice with them they will surprise you with their accuracy/
I like the all steel versions better than the lightweights.

mark

brnmuenchow
April 5, 2011, 10:35 AM
I really enjoy mine in .38Spl. it is really fun to shoot, and accurate for a snub nose. I wanted a Colt "Cobra", but ended up with a Taurus M85UL. The Colt I found was well used and the dealer was asking a bit high for the condition I thought. I think the .38Spl. is going to stay around for a while, .357Mag. in a snub nose can get a bit old after shooting for a time.

GCBurner
April 5, 2011, 05:11 PM
When I take my 3" S&W 640 to the range, I generally shoot at least a box of 50 .38 reloads.

Doug Add
April 5, 2011, 10:54 PM
I carry a box of 100 .38 spl to the range for my 2.25" Ruger SP101, plus a few speedloaders of the +P defensive round. I don't always empty the 100 round case, but usually get pretty close. As others have said, this is a really enjoyable gun to shoot.

Seamore2001
April 6, 2011, 10:51 AM
Nope. I really don't enjoy shooting my Cobra the way I do my other revolvers. I shoot enough to feel confident that I can put the shots where I want them, but for range pleasure and plinking, I turn to other guns.

I do spend a decent amount of time, while at my desk, dry-firing the Cobra. As with any gun, it does wonders for trigger control and holding a good sight picture. If you've ever been on a conference call with me and heard that click-click-click on the other end of the line, now you know what it is. :)

brnmuenchow
April 6, 2011, 12:50 PM
As long as you are not pointing it at the phone while on conference call I don't think it would be an issue.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
April 6, 2011, 12:57 PM
Yes, I really enjoy my 642. Once I get shooting at the 100 yard range, there are lots of large rocks that always fall down from the huge bank (which serves as the backstop). People shoot the rocks, about the size of a basketball and smaller.

I can stand there and once I get the "range" or hold for 100 yards, I can pretty much hit a basketball-size rock with every shot once I start hitting it and realize where I must aim.

I realize the 642 is not a target gun and is really made for close work, so I often set the target up at about 7 yards (21 feet). Offhand, I can pull about a 3" group with 5 shots of my loads. If I use the +P factory loads, I am not quite as proficient and end up with a larger group than about 3".

yeti
April 6, 2011, 03:06 PM
No, I really don't enjoy my snubbies. I don't mind shooting them, and, you know, any shooting is better doing most other things. The snubs are really the only firearms I bought completely for their tool value. There are enough other shootin' irons that keep the fun barrel pretty near full to overflowing, that allows the snubs to keep 'pride of place' being my only pure work guns.(that doesn't include a 3" S&W 36... she is just for fun, no work for the Princess, lol)

dawei
April 6, 2011, 08:29 PM
How many really enjoy your snubnose
Do you take your snubnose to the range and really give them a workout? I really like to take my J-frames out and run a few boxes through them. Most my buddies might put 10-15 rounds down range and move on to other guns.

I'm just wondering how many of you run a box or more on a range trip. I get tired of chasing brass and find much more enjoyment shooting my wheel guns . The 38 spl is really making a come back of sorts to me, never completely got away from it.The wife & I have four snub nose revolvers; two are 357 Magnums, two are 38 Specials.....................

• Interarms Rossi® Mfl 88 "Lady Rossi" 2" SS 38 Special
• Taurus® Mdl 85SS2UL 38 Special
• Taurus® Mdl 605SS2 357 Magnum
• Taurus® Mdl 617SS2 357 Magnum

We shoot them weekly 50-100 rounds each. We enjoy shooting our guns and have become very proficient w/them.

Autopistola
April 6, 2011, 11:49 PM
I found some loose ammo so I pulled out my Rossi 971 stainless with 2" bbl. and porting. I bought it on a whim and it's just fun, but I never have found it to be accurate (12" groups at about 10yds). I shot a .38 and 6rds of .357 out of it and smiled on the inside, but didn't get much of a group.

Then my dad saw me and wanted to shoot it too. With hand tremors, glasses, and 62yr old eyes he put me to shame. From 10yds away he put all six rds. in a vertical string; four of them overlapping.

I was simultaneously proud of my dad and my rossi, but put to shame by his skills.

rocklock
April 7, 2011, 12:28 AM
I just bought my first snubnose yesterday, although I bought my first handgun over 35 years ago. This one is a Taurus 905, a 9mm based on the Taurus model 85 snubnose. All I can say is, what a gas! Even with my big hands, it's very comfortable to shoot both single and double action, and more than accurate enough for it's intended use - I could keep all 5 shots on a 12"x12" paper target offhand at 25 yards. I only took one box of 50 to the range with me after I bought it, which was not nearly enough. I'm looking forward to shooting it more after the weather settles down around here.

scottishclaymore
April 7, 2011, 12:34 AM
Yes. A 642 is one of my three "working" guns (4" M64, 3" GP100, 2" M642) and as such it gets more range time than most of the other guns I have. Other guns (XD's and the like) stay at home and rarely come out to play. I shoot full-power 158 gr. +P loads in all three of my working guns. Typically they will each get about 200 rounds or so through them in a month. The 642, being the smallest, invariably gets carried the most. It's lots of fun to shoot.

Ratshooter
April 7, 2011, 12:58 AM
I found some loose ammo so I pulled out my Rossi 971 stainless with 2" bbl. and porting. I bought it on a whim and it's just fun, but I never have found it to be accurate (12" groups at about 10yds). I shot a .38 and 6rds of .357 out of it and smiled on the inside, but didn't get much of a group.

Then my dad saw me and wanted to shoot it too. With hand tremors, glasses, and 62yr old eyes he put me to shame. From 10yds away he put all six rds. in a vertical string; four of them overlapping.

I was simultaneously proud of my dad and my rossi, but put to shame by his skills.
Today 06:29 PM

Wow! An honest post! Good for you. At least you know the gun can do the deed. Now all you have to do is practice. Maybe get some advice from your dad. You know, I never minded being bested by my dad. He never made me feel inferior and would do all he could to help me be as good or better than him. I just wish my dad was still here to shoot with me.:(

Stainz
April 7, 2011, 11:37 AM
Three years ago, I bought a 4" 627 Pro to shoot our local SPC competition with. Fun, but at nearly 63, I'm not much competition. Then - early last year - S&W announced a re-isssue of their 1999 2 5/8" PC627 UDR. Post '02, this gained the title of the 'Blood Work' gun from the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name - and then the almost cult-like following of that gun. I had to have one - when the first one hit town - I grabbed my wallet. They are cheaper, MSRP, now than they were in 1999 - certainly cheaper than used ones ran 12/10! To be blunt, it is a fun firearm - with the right grips.

http://s171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/IMG_4599.jpg

Interestingly, I can't seem to miss with the short barrel 627. Yesterday found me at the range with a 4" 617 and 3" 63, as well as the PC627 UDR. I was there to shoot .22's - and I did - but, somehow, my UDR came home dirty - and I have 64+ empty .38's bouncing around in the tumbler. Would have been more - but my allergies were really bad yesterday. I have never before taken that UDR to the range without shooting it - usually, until I run out of ammo! It may be an N-frame - but, at 2 5/8", isn't it still a snubby? It's fun.

Stainz

Nushif
April 7, 2011, 04:44 PM
My first handgun was a snubbie (SP101) and to this day, even when I haven't shot a revolver in months I can still group decently with my 905.
So yes. Snubbies to me are quite the range guns. They're the only revolvers I actually like the looks of and they have always held a place in my heart. 8)

I do spend a decent amount of time, while at my desk, dry-firing the Cobra.

Haha! I do that during loading screens in my videogames.

NMGonzo
April 7, 2011, 05:47 PM
I enjoy the challenge of a snub.

And easy to carry is a plus.

Photoman
April 7, 2011, 11:40 PM
My Airweights get shot EVERY trip to the range no matter what other guns I'm shooting. Usually 200 rounds or so. Like potato chips... Once I start, it's real hard to stop. :)

M2 Carbine
April 8, 2011, 12:22 AM
I like to shoot the 2 and 3 inch S & W J Frames about as much as anything.
Whether it's up close timed point shooting or 52 yard target shooting, it's a fun gun to shoot.:)

M2 Carbine
April 8, 2011, 12:28 AM
I like to shoot the 2 and 3 inch S & W J Frames about as much as anything.
Whether it's up close timed point shooting or 52 yard target shooting, it's a fun gun to shoot.:)

foghornl
April 8, 2011, 09:08 AM
Only snubby I have is an RG in 38Spl. I shoot it eery now and then with standard 148-Gr wadcutters.

Now, if I want to launch some real fireballs, I'll load up my 'Sheriff's Model' .357Mag Vaquero with some of those "just this side of Thermo-nuclear" rounds.....

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