Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Accurate 6 in. 38 specials ?? recommendations please ,,,

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 10 Spot Terminator, May 3, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. 10 Spot Terminator

    10 Spot Terminator Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    217
    As I have a 357 already in a 4 inch for carry and cast my own bullets I would like to get a .38 special with a longer barrel for plinking and backup. A 6 inch barrel teamed with adjustable sights would do the trick and if it were capable of handling +P loads that would be a plus . Accuracy is my main goal so would like to hear what you may shoot that deserves bragging rights be it an older or newer . Thanks for any insight you can give me . 10 Spot .
     
  2. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    23,171
    K-38 Target Masterpiece.

    Skip the +Ps -- they're of no real use in a .38 gun like that anyway.
     
  3. wnycollector

    wnycollector Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Messages:
    3,121
    Location:
    Western NY
    Colt Officers Special, Target or Match are tack drivers.

    +1 skip the +P. Velocities of standard pressure HP's out of a 6" barrel rally dont necessitate +P. If you wanted to load your revlover for serious purposes, check of buffalobore standard pressure LSWCHP.
     
  4. Stainz

    Stainz Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2003
    Messages:
    3,117
    Location:
    Pinson, AL
    I ordered a 6" 66 new from a closeout dealer some years back. When it arrived, I changed the front sight for a HiViz, installed Wolff springs, and the swapped the OEM Hogue grips for square conversion Ahrends in cocobolo. That same day, my first ammo in it was some homebrew .38's from my basement. It has since shot mainly .38s, a few of my wimpy .38s in a .357M case, and even some Remington R38S12 158gr +P LHPSWCs - which chrono-ed 994 fps from it. That's the hottest load it's ever seen.

    My 6" 66 is the top one below. The middle one is a 5" half-lug 'Stocking Dealer Exclusive" 686+ I bought mew over a year later. It came with the HiViz and Ahrends, as well as a V-notch rear sight. Never mind the 4" 617 at the bottom, of course. Odd how S&W came out with a 5" 686+ with a half lug - just like I wanted it - and so similarly equipped like I had done my 66 - had to have it! It hasn't launched a real .357M in my use, either. I'd highly reccomend a 6" 66 or 19 - in good shape.

    IMG_3338.jpg

    Yeah, I know my 66 is a .357M - but don't let it know, it's happy as is!

    Stainz
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  5. .41Dave

    .41Dave Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Messages:
    655
    +1 for the S&W K-38 Target Masterpiece / Model 14
     
  6. jad0110

    jad0110 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2006
    Messages:
    4,048
    Location:
    Somewhere between the Eastern Block states and Flo
    Another vote for the S&W Model 14 / K38 . I've got a 14-4 that, although it doesn't get shot very often, seems to be a perfect match for my home brewed 148 double end wadcutter loads. In fact, 148 grain wadcutters and Model 14s go together like pizza and beer :D . The last time I fired it was on a day of less than perfect conditions (high winds blowing sand into my face, heat index around 110), but I still managed 3" groups from 25 yds, two hand hold supported.

    If I shot it more often, I might consider carrying it concealed. Believe it or not, it is very doable given a high quality gunbelt and holster.

    I paid about $350 for my near mint Model 14-4 about 2 years ago, a fair if not great price at the time. Expect to pay a bit more today, maybe low $400s.


    IMG_1574.jpg
     
  7. Sunray

    Sunray Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2003
    Messages:
    11,352
    Location:
    London, Ont.
    There is no Accurate #6 powder. Use #2 or #5. Lots of data on Accurate's site. It's a .pdf file though.
     
  8. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2007
    Messages:
    2,265
    Location:
    36° 31' 47.1742" X -87° 21' 34.0301"
    I also recommend the K38/Model 14. I have a 14-4 with a 8 3/8" barrel. It's an amazing gun. The triggers on them are unreal. 3.2-3.5 gr HP38 with a hollowbase wadcutter makes for a tack driver. 4 grains and it's a solid defense load. Wadcutters make cannulas.

    Note: I've swapped out the grips since taking this picture.

    SW14-402-1.gif
     
  9. bluetopper

    bluetopper Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Messages:
    3,253
    Location:
    Northeast TX
    I was first to respond to this post stating the Model 14-K38 Masterpiece, but some way, some how it got deleted???????

    Model 14, none finer.
     
  10. Iggy

    Iggy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    3,011
    Location:
    Wyoming
    14-2
    Mdl14-2.jpg

    14-4
    Model14WTWH.jpg

    Do we see a pattern developing here?;)
     
  11. Ron James

    Ron James Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,343
    Location:
    Arizona
    The most accurate revolver I have ever shot is my Model 14, HBWC with 3.2 grs. of W-231 or 3grs of Bullseye. At 25 yards, all 6 cylinders shoot to the same point of aim creating one clover leaf hole. It is so accurate , it is almost boring
     
  12. CSA 357

    CSA 357 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,400
    Location:
    North Alabama
    Mod 14 smith, mine is a dash 1 4 inch, and she is a great shooter! It loves 148 gr hbwc and bullseye, you might find a 14 or 15, they are great guns csa
     
  13. 10 Spot Terminator

    10 Spot Terminator Member

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2008
    Messages:
    217
    Thanks for the guideance fellas , there seems to be a great following of the S&W model 14 K-38 Masterpiece here and I will start my search . Thanks again for your help.

    10 Spot
     
  14. 06

    06 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    738
    Location:
    Too close to Charlotte, NC
    Couple buds and I were plinking at a 5 gallon plastic bucket with rifles and my brother drove up. He laughed at us using rifles to hit such a big target at that range(@120 yds). Out he comes with Dad's trusty old 14 (38) with a four inch barrel and commences to hitting it. After four hits he just grinned REAL big and walked away chuckling to himself. He and I both used to fire small bore comp. and he is a crack shot. My buds were just "drop jawed" about it all, lol, wc
     
  15. y5e06

    y5e06 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    61
    Location:
    Austin,TX
    Of course everyone is supporting their favorites.
    I suggest Colt Officers Model special or target. or on the low price used but excellent revolver end, a Dan Wesson 15. It is a .357 but shooting very accurately w/ .38's is no problemo
     
  16. Thomas Garrett

    Thomas Garrett Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Messages:
    400
    Location:
    Florida
    Colt Officer's Model Match.:D
     
  17. krs

    krs Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,588
    Location:
    Tall Trees
    I have both a Model 14 6" Masterpiece and a K38 6" Masterpiece and can recommend either one with a little edge to the K38 for smoothness.
     
  18. Capt Marvel

    Capt Marvel Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Messages:
    27
    Accurate 6 inch.38 special

    I have to agree with Tom Garret. My choice is my Colt Officer's Model Match. I bought mine used in the late 60s. While I haven't shot it in many years as decided to shoot my .45 in ceter fire bullseye matches in the early 80s. Great gun.... but revolvers have gone the way of the Edsel when it comes to bullseye matches. Also if you reload no need to chase brass. I also agree I would not beat up the gun by firing +P ammo in it. That is especialy true if your shooting 1 match a month. That is 1,200 rounds a year plus practice. Many local clubs who run matches only run 1800s (two gun match) In those matches the.38 is very much at home.
     
  19. Oro

    Oro Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Messages:
    3,496
    Location:
    WA state
    I agree that a 14 is a very desirable gun for a 6" .38. As you can see, lots of folks agree on this and they are priced accordingly these days. If money is an issue, consider a 6" or even 5" pre-Model 10, the old "Military & Police" Model. The pre-1947 guns in particular, with the "long-action" trigger, are much smoother than the later ones. This, even with the fixed sights, is quite the tack-driver (this is 5", not 6"):

    IMGP2345.jpg
     
  20. Johnboy53

    Johnboy53 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    Morgantown, WV
    Can't get anything better than a 14 or pre 14:

    100_0344.jpg
     
  21. BCRider

    BCRider Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Messages:
    7,780
    Location:
    Pacific North"Wet" Coast of Canada
    I'm going to toss in the Model 19 as an option. The 19 is a .357 so of course you can also shoot .38 through it. And 6 inch barrel version I have is easily a better gun than I will ever be as a shooter. I have not bench rested it yet but I have no doubt that I could put 6 holes within the diameter of a quarter at 25 yards if my eyes were good enough or I were to fit up a scope on it.

    And I have the option of the occasional few rounds of .357 for giggles.
     
  22. RDak

    RDak Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    362
    Location:
    Michigan
  23. Thomas Garrett

    Thomas Garrett Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Messages:
    400
    Location:
    Florida
    My 2 Colt Officer's Model Match's, 1958-.22lr and 1966-.38 Special. Still shoot them weekly. Bought the .22 later for practicing cheaper. "Dead on" accuracy from both. Excellent pistols and becoming "collectors" being the "I" frame which created the Python model.:D
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: May 7, 2009
  24. krs

    krs Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    2,588
    Location:
    Tall Trees
    Just for Old Fuff.....

    k14.gif
     
  25. Snobal

    Snobal Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Messages:
    53
    Location:
    Arizona Wilderness
    I just bought my S&W Model 14 in about 1971. In spite of being used by a novice reloader for a "few" years, it still shoots real good.:)

    Several folks that shot that revolver tried to buy it on the spot because it was so "easy to shoot." Of course I was letting them shoot 148 Gr. Wadcutter bullets.:)

    I got a .44 Mag Redhawk for deer hunting, a GP100 for "everything gun," and that old K-38 for targets, wonderful shooting, and a lifetime of memories.....;)
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page