A 38 Special kind of day

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  1. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Member

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    I have always enjoyed shooting 38 Special wadcutters, usually in 357 Magnum revolvers. Over the past year finally added a couple 38 Special revolvers to my collection. There is something about shooting 38 Special ammunition in 38 Special only guns.

    The weather today was marvelous, the local weather guy calls it an AB day for absolutely beautiful. I shot both 38 Specials with 38 Special wadcutters and had a splendid time. Soft recoil, excellent groupings, low noise.

    Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be similar so maybe I will repeat the day.:)
     
  2. horsemen61

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    That's awesome I to love the wad cutters in 38 special so what 38 special guns do you have?
     
  3. cfullgraf

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    6" model 14 and a 4" Model 67.
     
  4. bluetopper

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    There is nothing more enjoyable in the world of handgunning then spending an afternoon with a model 14 or 15 and a ziplock baggie full of 38 wadcutter reloads.
     
  5. 788Ham

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    I know that feeling well. I shoot a Colt Trooper 4" .38 spl, and a S&W 4" # 15 with 158 SWC over Win. 231 powder, 750 fps loads. Both revolvers are super accurate, didn't really start shooting the .38's until about a year ago, really grows on you !
     
  6. horsemen61

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    My favorite gun for this is my dads colt cobra it's single action is sweet
     
  7. CajunBass

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    I'm a big fan of the 38 Special. It's about the only handgun caliber I've got these days. I don't reload wadcutters to often, I use a 158 gr RNFP bullet instead, but the idea is about the same.

    My EDC is an aluminum frame Model 12-2, but my "fun gun" is an old 5-screw, 38 M&P, with a 4" barrel.

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    I like it so much I've got a 4-screw Model 10 (no dash) in nickel on layaway at Ali-Baba's House O' Guns.
     
  8. witchhunter

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    I enjoy the .38's, and the brass never touches the ground!!!! I hate chasing brass around the desert....
     
  9. Walkalong

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    .38 Spl is fun to shoot. Sometimes I'll do just the same thing, and bring nothing but a couple of .38s to the range. I want a 1905 in .38 Spl to go with my .32-20. One of these days.
     
  10. kennedy

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    colt official police with 4in heavy barrel and tauras 85 shorty, .38 is my newest cal to reload for, lots of fun
     
  11. Arkansas Paul

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    I'm a big fan as well. Like 788Ham, I'm fairly new to it, but it was love at first shot. It's super easy to cast and load for as well. Nothing to not like about it. The only one I have right now is a Taurus 82 but I want to add a Smith when I can.
     
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    38 sp wad cutter ammo is fun the shoot in older s&w wheel guns.
     
  13. GyMac

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    I'm a big fan of the .38 Special. It provides all the power I need from a revolver and is a lot of fun to shoot. I shoot it in S&W Models 10, 14, and 15.
     
  14. Dframe

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    A quality 38 special Revolver and a double handful of target wadcutters makes for a GRAND day at the range. It doesn't get a lot better!
     
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  16. Schwing

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    I just recently started casting and my first mold was a .38 148 Grain WC. I had never even shot a WC before and only bought the mold because it was the only one in stock at the time... It was a great choice!

    I put 3.1 grains of Bullseye behind them and they are tack drivers. I mostly shoot them out of my LCR but, they are amusing to shoot out of my GP100. It is like shooting a pellet pistol.

    For someone new to casting and reloading, they are great. I recommend them to anyone new to it. They seem to be quite forgiving. For me, I have had the best luck with the 3.1 grains of bullseye and I seat them in the last lube groove. Having said that, it doesn't seem to matter where you crimp and a wide variety of published loads are all great, reliable and accurate. I seem to also be able to use lead with varying BHN and have, as yet, had no leading problems at all.
     
  17. ZVP

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    I shoot .38 Special cast KSWC reloads through my Model 10HB and my Model 36 Chief and have no complaints. they chamber smooth and eject well plus the guns will shoot a lot more accurately than I do!
    I have shot the same load for years through my Ruger Vaquero .357 and haven't had any problems either.
    I just tried the Oregon Trail hard casr KSWC's and love them! I think this bullet would be a fine hunting bullet! It's very hard and should penetrate well.
    I do think that shooting .38 Specials in a revolver chambered for them makes for some very accurate shooting! It;s just a perfect caliber for target work plus it's no slouch for self Defense! Proven track records Nation wide!
    JMHO,
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  18. cfullgraf

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    Sunday was a repeat of Saturday's session with the 38 Specials.

    The weather was good and lots of paper and steel targets gave their all.

    I am inspired to keep my eye out for a classic Colt or Smith and Wesson 38 Special to add to the collection.:)
     
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    I, too, like the .38 Special round, in all its variable configurations. I keep all four of my centerfire revolvers loaded with .38, despite two of them being chambered in .357 Magnum (Taurus M66 and Ruger Police Service Six.) The other two are a pair of Undercover 38s from Charter arms, one from 1966, and the other from 1987.
     
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    No question in my mind. The 38spl is my favorite handgun caliber.
     
  21. jhvaughan2

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    Ah, a M14 with 148gr wadcutters is just sublime.
     
  22. Husker_Fan

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    I love shooting my S&W Victory model. That pre-war style long action is a joy.
     
  23. Hardtarget

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    For years the only centerfire I had was a Colt diamondback .38 special. (4") I loaded some wadcutter but mostly I liked shooting the 158 gr SWC. I don't really know why...seemed that is what I bought when I went to the reloading shop.

    Mark
     
  24. 788Ham

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    Arkansas Paul,

    Another .38 I love to take to the range, is my S&W 38-44 revolver! Its a 5" barrel, "heavy duty" cylinder, guess thats why they call it the 38-44 Heavy Duty. Whenever I go to the range, everyone wants to shoot it, "Never saw one of those, who made that?" Got it from a pawn close to home, had the guts cleaned up and re-lubed, whoa, does it shoot accurately ! 158 gr. SWC over Win. 231 powder.
     
  25. engineer88

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    I have a S&W model 64-5 in 4" barrel. It is hands down my most accurate handgun. I love that thing. There is just something perfect about it. I have been tempted many times to carry it. I just can't find a good IWB for it.

    Back on topic, it puts WC in a half dollar at 10 yards (off hand, single action) and I am not that good a shooter.
     
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