.38 Special Fun?


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Olympus
July 1, 2013, 10:26 PM
So I have a ton of .38 Special reloads and I'm kind of getting board shooting my revolvers. Is there any kind of auto loader that would fire the .38 Special?

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TimeIsRunninOut
July 1, 2013, 10:55 PM
Only one I can think of is a Smith and Wesson model 52, I don't think it is in production anymore.

oneounceload
July 1, 2013, 11:09 PM
It isn't; it is a VERY expensive gun, and it only shoots 38 WC ammo - but it shoots it VERY well

Here's a NIB one (http://www.gunsinternational.com/SMITH-WESSON-M-52-1-38-WAD-CUTTER-CAL-NEW-UNFIRED-IN-BOX-COMES-WITH-OWNERS-MANUAL-2-MAGAZINES-WRENCH-ETC-.cfm?gun_id=100331568)

MCgunner
July 1, 2013, 11:26 PM
Friend of mine is a bullseye shooter and has a 52 and a .22 caliber M41. Don't even BREATH on the trigger. :D They're expensive, but VERY accurate.

Schwing
July 1, 2013, 11:30 PM
Time to buy a levergun?

BCRider
July 1, 2013, 11:41 PM
.... or take up shooting in some form of competition?

I shoot my .38Spl ammo in a few different events from my local club's version of Speed Steel to using it recently along with a S&W 66 in IDPA.

It's really amazing how having to hit things while on the clock for score ups the intrest level.

MCgunner
July 1, 2013, 11:58 PM
Competition is a fun way to burn up ammo and gives your practice a purpose. I really liked shooting with the club I used to belong to before moving. I shot IDPA for a few years, but used a 9mm for that. I shot IHMSA for a while, but used a TC Contender with a 10" 7mm TCU for that. The club stuff, we always had something for the revolvers in addition to other stuff like rifle, even some country doubles occasionally for the shotguns. I really enjoyed those get togethers. and miss the club. I was in that club for about 25 years, VP for a while. But, we move on.

F-111 John
July 1, 2013, 11:58 PM
May I suggest something just a little different? Try a Marlin 1894 (http://www.marlinfirearms.com/firearms/1894centerfire/1894c.asp)or a Rossi M94 (http://www.rossiusa.com/product-details.cfm?id=162)chambered in .357. They shoot .38 spl just fine.

Cokeman
July 2, 2013, 03:04 AM
.38 is very boring. Send it all to me and I will dispose of it humanely.

ArchAngelCD
July 2, 2013, 05:31 AM
So I have a ton of .38 Special reloads and I'm kind of getting board shooting my revolvers. Is there any kind of auto loader that would fire the .38 Special?
Think distance my friend. If you think your revolver is boring try shooting further than usually tried with a revolver. Try 50 yards, 100 yards and even further if you're still bored.

I have been shooting a J frame for years to at least 50 yards at the range just to see the faces of all those who swear a J frame is only a belly gun. Even then they think I'm using some kind of trick. lol

oneounceload
July 2, 2013, 08:41 AM
Try a Marlin 1894

Try to FIND one of those....................

Olympus
July 2, 2013, 10:11 AM
Thanks for the help fellas. I would love to start shooting competitively, but living in a rural area has its downsides too. There are no matches within a reasonable driving distance for me. I would LOVE to get into SASS shooting and could find a use for all that 38 ammo there. But it's the same problem.

Lever gun isn't a bad idea. I have a Goldenboy that is TONS of fun to shoot. I think Henry makes one in 38/357 too.

MCgunner
July 2, 2013, 10:51 AM
May I suggest something just a little different? Try a Marlin 1894 or a Rossi M94 chambered in .357. They shoot .38 spl just fine.

Well, it's a Rossi 92...as in 1892....as in Winchester.

http://i49.tinypic.com/11hwbif.jpg

460Kodiak
July 2, 2013, 01:30 PM
I believe the Coonan Arms 1911 that shoots .357 magnum will also shoot .38 special. It is an expenssive gun though.

MCgunner
July 2, 2013, 01:36 PM
I believe the Coonan Arms 1911 that shoots .357 magnum will also shoot .38 special. It is an expenssive gun though.

If so, it'd likely require a spring change and as the Coonan is NOT a 1911, don't know that a 1911 spring would fit it. I don't know how much works from a 1911 on the Coonan. I do know the trigger mechanism isn't in ANY way similar.

Havok7416
July 2, 2013, 01:41 PM
If so, it'd likely require a spring change and as the Coonan is NOT a 1911, don't know that a 1911 spring would fit it. I don't know how much works from a 1911 on the Coonan. I do know the trigger mechanism isn't in ANY way similar.
You can get new springs from Coonan and they do come with a .38 Special adaptor to put in the magazine.

MCgunner
July 2, 2013, 07:48 PM
You can get new springs from Coonan and they do come with a .38 Special adaptor to put in the magazine.

I'm not really interested in a Coonan, but that's cool to know. Makes the gun quite a bit more versatile.

460Kodiak
July 2, 2013, 08:33 PM
If so, it'd likely require a spring change and as the Coonan is NOT a 1911

Fair enough. How about 1911 style? In either case, it does what the OP wants it to.

BCRider
July 3, 2013, 02:03 AM
Olympus, I feel your frustration about living well away from any major to minor centers.

For me a big part of my shooting is the sporting aspect. And that means other people. And frankly I'd do a lot less shooting if the social aspect was missing.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE the occasional solitary day at the range when I'm working on some new loads, sighting in a new gun or even trying to learn to shoot better with what I have. But in the end the social aspect of meeting the other shooting buddys at the range is a big part of what keeps me shooting instead of doing something else.

Cokeman
July 3, 2013, 02:11 AM
At least half of my shooting days are spent alone. My son will go sometimes if I persuade him.

Olympus
July 3, 2013, 10:16 AM
Well 100% of my days are spent shooting by myself. About once or twice a year I can get family to shoot with me. And now that I have a shooting range in my back yard, I rarely go to public ranges.

I may take a look at the Coonan. I've always thought they were pretty ugly though.

Chuck Perry
July 3, 2013, 10:47 AM
Take a look at the new production Coonans, called the Coonan Classic. The new ones can run 38's and 357's from the same magazine, whereas the old model B's needed a special mag with a spacer for 38's. All that is required to shoot 38's in the Classic is a different recoil spring. The Coonan takes standard 1911 recoil springs, so it is just a matter of matching a spring to your load. It comes from the factory with a 10# for 38's. I have run a bunch of different loads thru mine, both 38 and 357. Very accurate, reliable pistol.

MCgunner
July 3, 2013, 06:41 PM
Take a look at the new production Coonans, called the Coonan Classic. The new ones can run 38's and 357's from the same magazine, whereas the old model B's needed a special mag with a spacer for 38's. All that is required to shoot 38's in the Classic is a different recoil spring. The Coonan takes standard 1911 recoil springs, so it is just a matter of matching a spring to your load. It comes from the factory with a 10# for 38's. I have run a bunch of different loads thru mine, both 38 and 357. Very accurate, reliable pistol.

Wondering, but does it feed wadcutters? I shoot a LOT of wadcutters. I have SWC molds, though.

firesky101
July 3, 2013, 06:45 PM
Well, if you can find one and the adapters, you could get yourself a dardick. While not chambered specifically for the .38 special (I think), there were adapters allowing their use for when trounds could not be acquired.

Chuck Perry
July 3, 2013, 08:07 PM
I never use full wadcutters, sorry can't help you on that one. I suspect it would not cycle low power, bullseye type wadcutter loads. I have made up a number of 38 loads with 158g LSWC without issue. My current fave is a replica 33/44 loading with 2400 and the LSWC. Just about all the power of a magnum load, but in the cheaper, easier to find special case.

oneounceload
July 3, 2013, 10:06 PM
There are no matches within a reasonable driving distance for me

Define "reasonable" for me that is between 50 and 100 miles - each way

Olympus
July 3, 2013, 11:02 PM
About an hour or so each way is all I'd want to be driving. My weekends are pretty busy in the summer and gas ain't cheap.

smkummer
July 4, 2013, 10:59 AM
Another expensive competition gun that's been long discontinued and I believe it only held 5 rounds anyway. I would agree that a Marlin lever gun is the way to go. Sometimes they need a certain bullet to feed well though. If you ever tried cowboy action shooting, you would NOT have an abundant supply of 38 special laying around anymore.

Morgo
July 5, 2013, 10:21 AM
Likely not going to find a semi auto pistol to shoot your .38 loads.

The Coonan likes a heavier load.
The target type auto loaders (S&W 52, P240, Colt 1911) like a particular load. I have a S&W 52 and it will pretty much only run with a 148 wadcutter and 2.8 of bullseye

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