Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Bandit01, Jul 25, 2005.
yeah, but so can a model 13
What she feels most comfortable with is our 6" Model 14-6 loaded with .38 +Ps and TT~TH.
I shoot target and hunt with this sidearm. She protects our family and home with this revolver when I'm gone, chambered for the timeless .38-Special S&W Ctg.
That's all that I need to know about .38's to claim that guns specifically chambered for this cartridge are very much worth keeping.
My second gun, and carry piece is a 38
.38 taurus blued CIA
I have always loved revos since I was a kid. My first revo was a 22 "farmhand" H&R 622 in 4". believe it or not, that thing is dead accurate. Then I started coming on here, and reading more and more...
When I went to the store, I was looking at 357 revos as a carry piece and something that was fun to plink with. I hefted the 357's they had around and since I was familiar with carrying stuff on my belt, got to thinking that the extra coupla ounces and extra 3/8" width would be a bit annoying.
Then I found the .38 taurus'. they just *fit* right in my hand. they felt like a natural extension of my hand (and one that spits lead!!!--cool!)
I have never regretting buying that thing. It sits on my waist all day long with narry a thought, and is ALWAYS reliable. Out of the thousand rounds (about 2/3 of that +P) I have shot, I have had one dud--winchester, if memory serves.
I find the round to be very accurate out of a snub, very reliable, and very easy to control. the amount I have to recover and reaquire target from a 38 to a 357 is very noticeable. I would rather not bet my life on longer recovery time, given that one shot of *anything* out of a handgun might not be the end all.
Just my 2 cents...
Oh, and I am now looking at getting the GI 45. Looked like a lot of fun to shoot for a history nut like me. I took a pass of the 45 revos out there. they looked a bit large for carry.
Also for me, I only shoot .38s, even in my .357. I find .357s too much of a pain to clean out after shooting .38s. I don't like the extra work I have to do on the cylinders. I've found sticking to a .38 revolver for .38 shooting to be much quicker and easier to clean afterward.
2)old used .38's are cheap
3)the .38 snubbie is THE ultimate CCW(IMHO)
that being said,I own 3 .357's and no .38's.......I need to go to the gun store today
Well said, goon.
nitesite: Great picture. Thanks for posting.
Good point, BossSpearman
When it comes to snubs, the 38 SPL snubs are lighter than 357 snubs.
I think everything has already been pretty much said, but here are my reasons to like .38 revolvers:
-In a J-frame sized gun .357mag is a bit much. The gun is just too small and light for the round. It isn't comfortable to shoot, and shot recovery times in a small snub with .357mag are much worse than with .38 or .38+P. Also, the magnum guns are a tad heavier than the .38spl so why get the magnum if you'll be shooting .38s?
-In some medium frame revolvers you may save an oz or so over the magnum.
-A revolver in .357mag will be about 10-25% more money than essentially the same revolver in .38spl.
-For range and woods defense I like a magnum, but I'd prefer to go larger than .357mag for woods defense. For self-defense I load my .357s with .38+P anyway (faster follow-up shots).
-Because of the last two reasons above, I see no reason to not buy a .38spl revolver if it is for self-defense (especially if it is a 2.5-3" K-frame).
-I really like 3" K-frames. There aren't a ton on the used market. Many were sold, but it wasn't the most popular configuration (for the general public), and those that own them are usually fans of the configuration, so they are rare on the used market. Given that for self-defense I load up .38+P anyway why wouldn't I grab up a nice 3" .38spl M10 or M64 if I ran into one instead of holding out for a 3" .357mag M13 or M65?
-Cleaning the lead rings out of the chambers of a magnum after shooting .38s can be a pain.
-Also (not one of my reasons), some people think .38spl is more accurate out of a .38 than a magnum (though I would bet that is more the difference in individual guns than the .38 v. .357).
For someone who will only own one revolver the .357mag makes a lot of sense due to the versatility. Even if they don't think they'll use it to shoot magnums they may always change their minds.
Once a person adds a second revolver there is no reason not to own a dedicated .38spl.
Model 10's are simply beautiful.
I've a feeling to buy every model 10 that comes my way (as new ones) just because they are sooo beautiful. That's why.
The 357 requires a larger cylinder and frame mass. Therefore the 38 makes a smaller easier to conceal firearm.
I like the .357 mag, but....
there are times whne a .38 is more then enough. Most of the time my CCW is a 38 snubbie. A couple weeks ago I purchased a Model 10 3". Nice wheelgun.
The 38 will do the job - especially if you're talking CCW. The average bad guy dosen't expect his potential victims to be armed and dosen't have the same mindset of the criminal who has decided to enter into a gunbattle with the police. A couple well placed .38 hollow points will probably allow you to get the heck away from him/her and might even end the fight. Heck just showing your trusty .38 might do the job.
As I get older I've come to realize that that the 38 has gotten an unfair rap and one dosen't need the most powerful,, biggest, magnum round on the face of the Earth to get the job done. The .38 works and works well.
I have a problem understanding this. I know for a fact that while .357 rounds will fit the cylinder on my 642, it is absolutely impossible for the cylinder to close because the rounds are too long. If what you say is true, then a .357 mag. revolver will shoot .38spcl and a .38spcl revolver will shoot .357 mag, and I don't think that is correct.
To try to keep it simple: Look inside the cylinder of your 642 (from the back), and you will see a distinct line around toward the front of the chamber (chamber changes diameter)--the case mouth of the .357 Magnum hits that and doesn't seat all the way. In the case of the a .357 Magnum chamber, the case mouth of a .38 Special stops slightly short allowing it to fit in a .357 Magnum chamber.
It is possible to lengthen the chamber on .38 Special cylinder so a .357 Magnum case will fit--it is NOT recommended, however.
Gosh, sure they did... remember the Speed Six?
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