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Posted: 1/4/2006 6:42:36 PM EDT
I have a couple and even tho they don't make it on the cool list much anymore I still enjoy hauling them out and shooting them. Colt detective, LW agent and a Colt 1911 MkIII. I would like to shoot that one more but except for the common parts there are not many replacement parts for them. I run about 100 rounds a year thru her and still laugh when someone sees me loading 38spl into her and start yelling that it takes 38super.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:43:46 PM EDT
I own one, but my wife has pretty much taken it over as her handgun of choice.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:44:43 PM EDT
I have a S&W .38 special which I gave to the misus for her protection. I haven't had the chance to try it tho.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:44:46 PM EDT
Charter Arms 38spl
Tarus 605 357 mag
Ruger GP100 357

I shoot 38 spl in them all fairly regular.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:44:50 PM EDT
Maybe I'm just wierd, but I discovered this past summer that double action revolvers are more fun to shoot than any other handgun type. I love shooting the 1911, 229, all the others, but I always have the biggest smile when shooting the ol' S&W model 66.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:46:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OBird:
Maybe I'm just wierd, but I discovered this past summer that double action revolvers are more fun to shoot than any other handgun type. I love shooting the 1911, 229, all the others, but I always have the biggest smile when shooting the ol' S&W model 66.



Not weird at all. Wheel guns are fun, and often underrated.

I shoot .38 in a ruger sp101 on a regular basis.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:46:31 PM EDT
I have a Taurus with a 2" barrel, I got it in trade with something else. I take it almost every time I go to the range.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:46:47 PM EDT
I hate having to admit that I'm a MUCH better shot with the S&W 10 than I am with the Kimber
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:54:46 PM EDT
Hell yeah...

SW snub bobbed hammer 5 shot, and a Taurus Mod 80 in NRA official grade condition FUBAR. Got the Mod 80 from a friend trying to dump it to get funds for a Glock...call it TheNorm's buyback program, I'll buy your crap as long as you are going to get something cool with the money.

I keep a few wheelies around to train with. I think it's good to cross train, both for being prepared, and just for fun. A little "gun strange" if your main carry guns don't get jealous.

Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:56:30 PM EDT
Smiff K19 6" .357

I shot probably 700 rounds of .38 last year.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:57:11 PM EDT
I have an old S&W that I bring to the range now and then.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:57:13 PM EDT
you can't beat the 90$/1000 for decent quality commercial reloads, either.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:58:41 PM EDT
!st Gen colt SAA in .38 special. I shot it a few times until I found out how much it was worth. Now its cleaned and in my safe.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 6:59:36 PM EDT


ive been known to partake in the bliss of the 38spl
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:00:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/4/2006 7:01:08 PM EDT by FALARAK]
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out.

I will never shoot it again, if I ever get it clean. If I ever do shoot it.... it will be only with really hot copper jacketed .357's
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:03:21 PM EDT
About 60% of all of the rounds I shoot in my 686Plus are .38spl.

Sometimes I run .38spl+P, I love to shoot .357Mag but damn it is expensive.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:03:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out.

I will never shoot it again, if I ever get it clean. If I ever do shoot it.... it will be only with really hot copper jacketed .357's



I have virtually no problem with leading in my barrel...
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:03:32 PM EDT
5 shot smithy airlight is my bug
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:04:48 PM EDT
I have a S&W 3.5" mod 64 SS that I shoot at least once
a month . It lives within reach of my right hand in an
under counter holster in my computer desk loaded up
with 125gr SJHP +P rounds .

What's not to like . It can sit there ready to go
for years on end with no ill effects . Even if by
the odd chance a round doesn’t fire . The next one is
a trigger squeeze away
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:06:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By luger355:
img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-6/763090/mod52.JPG

ive been known to partake in the bliss of the 38spl



Nice, I know where two 41s? are for sale but we'll have to see if they are there in a few months. I'm on a buy freeze for awhile.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:07:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:11:54 PM EDT
S&W Model 10-5, is the wife’s home defense pistol now, I‘m stuck with the SIG P225.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:13:16 PM EDT
I have an early 52-1 I shoot in matches along with my 41's.

I can't bring myself to drill the 52 for a dot though.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:14:02 PM EDT
My dad gave me a Victory Model Smith which my wife now claims. I bought her an airweight Smith for Christmas so I could have my Victory back. She cannot reliably load a semiauto.

.38 has made many a man die. When I get crap from some one I ask them to go downrange and show me just how ineffective they are.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:14:39 PM EDT
I have a blue 6" Colt Diamondback revolver in 38spl. Looks and feels like a smaller version of a Python.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:18:17 PM EDT
I've only got .357's, but the 686+ Hi Viz ICORE gun doesn't see anything but lead .38 reloads.

Like BarryTolar, I shoot better with a round gun.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:20:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lokt:

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out.

I will never shoot it again, if I ever get it clean. If I ever do shoot it.... it will be only with really hot copper jacketed .357's



I have virtually no problem with leading in my barrel...



Well I wish I knew what the deal was. I probably popped off about 200 rounds in the course of an hour..... so it did get kinda warm.... but the bore was THICK with lead... like I had gooped it in there.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:20:50 PM EDT
5 shot snubby DAO Taurus. Carry in a fanny pack with a 6 Bianchi strip - smooth but heavy trigger pull
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:21:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FALARAK:

Originally Posted By lokt:

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out.

I will never shoot it again, if I ever get it clean. If I ever do shoot it.... it will be only with really hot copper jacketed .357's



I have virtually no problem with leading in my barrel...



Well I wish I knew what the deal was. I probably popped off about 200 rounds in the course of an hour..... so it did get kinda warm.... but the bore was THICK with lead... like I had gooped it in there.


All bullets are not equal. Maybe you got a batch of cheapies?
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:28:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FALARAK:

Originally Posted By lokt:

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out.

I will never shoot it again, if I ever get it clean. If I ever do shoot it.... it will be only with really hot copper jacketed .357's



I have virtually no problem with leading in my barrel...



Well I wish I knew what the deal was. I probably popped off about 200 rounds in the course of an hour..... so it did get kinda warm.... but the bore was THICK with lead... like I had gooped it in there.



The bullets were probably too hard and too small. "Hard cast" is not always better, especially at .38 pressures.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:32:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FALARAK:

Originally Posted By lokt:

Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out.

I will never shoot it again, if I ever get it clean. If I ever do shoot it.... it will be only with really hot copper jacketed .357's



I have virtually no problem with leading in my barrel...



Well I wish I knew what the deal was. I probably popped off about 200 rounds in the course of an hour..... so it did get kinda warm.... but the bore was THICK with lead... like I had gooped it in there.



You got a bunch of soft swaged bullets, and if they were runnin a bit fast......lots of leading. If you were in my area I'd give you some decent stuff and I'd bet you would like it.
Link Posted: 1/4/2006 7:37:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ORinTX:

Originally Posted By OBird:
Maybe I'm just wierd, but I discovered this past summer that double action revolvers are more fun to shoot than any other handgun type. I love shooting the 1911, 229, all the others, but I always have the biggest smile when shooting the ol' S&W model 66.



Not weird at all. Wheel guns are fun, and often underrated.

I shoot .38 in a ruger sp101 on a regular basis.



same its my carry gun. Practice with 38's and carry .357.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 1:09:33 AM EDT
Even today, a small five-shot .38 Spl. revolver is in a class of it’s own for personal defense. However, larger revolvers IMHO should at a minimum be in .357 Magnum.


Originally Posted By FALARAK:
I have one.... I took it out a while back and fired a bunch of lead commercial reloads thru it. Good lord those things lead up! I scrubbed forever and I cant get it all out....


Lewis Lead Remover (copper mesh you push down the bore)

Sounds like the reloader used soft lead bullets.

I’ve fired all sorts of .38 Spl unjacketed lead bullets to include +P 158 grain RN and HP with no problems.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 1:21:46 AM EDT
of course! i shoot my .22 and .38 all the time... they're all i have
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 1:24:27 AM EDT
Taurus 38 spl...take it every time I hit the range ..kill at least a couple boxes..
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 1:26:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2006 1:40:19 AM EDT by Colt_SBR]
I carried this S&W Mod 64, .38 Special for 7 years on duty. I shot the hell out of it, thousands of rounds. I shot expert every time we qualified. I still have it and it looks and shoots like new. It's Mrs. Colt_SBR's house gun now.

A female security guard, I know, wants to learn how to shoot so she could get her carry license. I was going to take the old S&W out and use it for that.



__________________________________________________

This S&W Mod 37 Airweight was my backup.



______________________


Link Posted: 1/5/2006 1:29:44 AM EDT
Here's mine.

A Colt DS .38Spl made in 1964. I bought it NIB with all papers, box, even wax paper wrapping!

Then I shot it. It's my 40-Year Old Virgin. (Or was, anyhow)

A wonderful shooter that I will carry once I find a good bellyband. Any suggestions?

Link Posted: 1/5/2006 2:11:05 AM EDT
Colt .38 Army Special from my Grandpa. I may have put <100 rounds through it.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 3:05:44 AM EDT
S&W Stainless Chiefs Spl and Air Weight hammerless, rarely shoot either one. They are my summer carry for shorts and Tshirt weather. If I had to use one, it would be up close and personal and I get plenty of trigger time with other guns so my skill level is still there.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 3:24:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2006 3:29:05 AM EDT by luger355]

Originally Posted By fxntime:

Originally Posted By luger355:
img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-6/763090/mod52.JPG

ive been known to partake in the bliss of the 38spl



Nice, I know where two 41s? are for sale but we'll have to see if they are there in a few months. I'm on a buy freeze for awhile.




TY, i had to search long and hard to find it.

FWW the izh-35m is half the price of the model 41 and it will shoot rings around it.
its sort of the dirty little secret in bullseye shooter circles
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 4:08:29 AM EDT

All my .38's are S&W

Airweight
Mod. 15
Mod. 10 x3 (4" 2" and my PPC gun)


They all get used regularly... especially when introducing new people to the joys of shootin'

Link Posted: 1/5/2006 4:34:49 AM EDT
I have a S&W 686. I just shot it last Friday although I don't shoot it very often. I used to shoot it all the time as it was the first handgun I ever bought. I just don't like cleaning revolvers very much. But when I shoot it I normally shoot .38 Special ammo, handloaded, of course.
I will be shooting this handgun more in the coming Spring. Then the weather will be nice enough to allow me to go outside more and set up my chronograph. I have some ideas for some .38 Special +P loadings I want to experiment with.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 4:43:47 AM EDT
Still keep and occaisionally carry my old off-duty/plain clothes 5 shot chief (It has alot of sentimental value).
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:12:21 AM EDT
I keep the Colt Agent as a backup. I Ankle it.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:12:35 AM EDT
I don't own a .38, but I do have a S&W 686 .357 Mag. with a 6" barrel that I've put more .38 Special loads through than .357. It's an accurate gun but I haven't shot it in quite a while. I did buy my sister a Rossi .38 snub ten years ago and we went shooting last week with that gun. I had forgotten how fun a little .38 snubbie was to shoot.

The first ammo I ever reloaded was .38 Special 158 grain wadcutters back in early 1989. I had a 8 3/8" 686 at the time and it shot those keg-shaped slugs very well. IIRC the loads only had about three grains of W231 in them.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:17:39 AM EDT
I have two Taurus. Well, one's a .357 magnum.

When I take people out shooting, sometimes I'll load 5 .38s and one .357 as the last round. The look on people's faces is priceless!
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:20:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2006 5:27:16 AM EDT by uglygun]
One of these N-frames is a 38. 38/44 Outdoorsman to be precise.

It's what got me started on the love affair with N-frames. For a gun that is nearly 60 years old it is still damn accurate to boot. I've touched off some decent hot loads from the gun over the years as well, stiff loads of 2400 with 158grn SWC at probably an honest 1150fps. Ofcourse one should expect something like that from a gun that was the predacesor to the 357Magnum.

Gun rates as probably a strong 97-98%. Was my grandfathers which I inherited when he passed away, never really got to know him that well as he died when I was in the 7th or 8th grade. Shame cause he was probably the one person who would share many of the same views as me on firearms from 2nd Amendment to collecting. This was the grandfather who fought in WWII and was part of the Normandy invasion.

I take a lot of pride in my N-frame collection and the damn 38/44 Outdoorsman has the most sentimental value of the bunch. I make a point of taking it out and shooting atleast a couple times a year.




With original box and numbered grips,
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:22:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2006 5:23:04 AM EDT by Old_Painless]
Nothing more fun than running .38 Special 148 grain Wadcutters through my Python.



And, I do not hesitate to carry my S&W Airweight loaded with good JHPs.



The .38 Special is a great gun for target shooting and a pleasure to shoot.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:24:41 AM EDT
Won a S&W 442 at a match a few years ago but I wasn't happy with the accuracy so I traded it.

Down to one wheel now; a Model 19-3 with 2.5" barrel. I ordered a bobbed hammer from the back of the Brownell's catalog and installed a Miculek hammer spring and a lighter rebound spring to turn it into one smooth ass DAO bulldog. Dehorned the rear sight blade too. One of my favorite guns.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:24:58 AM EDT
I have a police trade in S&W Model 10 (heavy barrel) that my parents gave me one year for Christmas. The trigger is smooth and it's surprisingly accurate. It will never replace my Series '70 as my defense weapon of choice, but I love that .38 for casual plinking.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 5:27:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By OBird:
Maybe I'm just wierd, but I discovered this past summer that double action revolvers are more fun to shoot than any other handgun type. I love shooting the 1911, 229, all the others, but I always have the biggest smile when shooting the ol' S&W model 66.



I've got the S&W model 66 as well. I don't think I've ever handled a more accurate revolver. Is yours pinned and recessed or did that only come on some of them? MJD
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