Big love for the weak little .38 special

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by magnumman, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    And, I suspect more people have been killed with a .38 special historically in the U.S. than any other caliber, with the possible exception of the .22.
     
  2. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    The people who seriously use "pistol" to mean semi-autos only are using it not as a nickname, but as a term of art -- that is, as if that were the correct, technical definition, which historically is incorrect.
     

  3. firelooker

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    I still own a Colt chiefs special w/ a 2 in barrel. Very nice little pistol & fun to shoot.
     
  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You shixxin me? Surely you jest!
     
  5. firelooker

    firelooker New Member

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    Never have figured out this love affair w/ Glock I'll take a Ruger any day. When I bought my Ruger about 7 yrs ago I tried out every gun on the market even Glock & none felt as good in my hand as the Ruger P345.
     
  6. Doc3402

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    Do you mean Detective Special? I thought the Chief Special was S&W
     
  7. firelooker

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    My mistake don't know where I got that from. Actually it says Cobra on the barrel. I bought it for my mother in law back in the early 70's from a gun shop in Tucson AZ. I inherited after she passed away back in 97. It's not lost hardly any of it's bluing at all & my wife is a crack shot w/ it.
     
  8. Gonzilla

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    I have to come clean - I was a magnum snob and years back to the point I was even proud my SW 686 had never seen a 38 Special.

    Got older & wiser, now I really like it and as fate would have it - the damn thing is expensive. Used to be really, really cheap when I was younger and now its either hard to find or almost the same price as mags.

    Need to get off my *** and start reloading. Everyone says it is easy to reload for and 110 grain loads are easy on the hand.
     
  9. at_liberty

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    Sorry man, but clearly the companies who make both types of handguns make distinctions using the terms pistols versus revolvers. To me, that trumps any layman's dictionary. See the Smith & Wesson and Ruger websites.
     
  10. Doc3402

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    Way back when I was a kid the terminology in use by the gun writers was "revolver" and "auto-loading pistol". The auto-loading pistol moniker was shortened briefly to auto-loader, which caused all sorts of confusion between the pistol and rifle folks. Eventually the auto-loading part of auto-loading pistol was dropped in favor of just plain pistol. The revolver designation stayed the same throughout.
     
  11. Winchester94

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    I love shooting .38 revolvers. I learned how to shoot centerfire revolvers with a S&W 36. They're a blast to shoot and won't break the bank either. One of my favorite guns to shoot is a J.P. Sauer & Sohn .357 loaded up with lrn .38's.
     
  12. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    90 percent of the rounds that I fire from my .357 magnumrevolvers are .38 Spec, 148 gr cast full wadcutters over 2.8 grains of Bullseye.

    The "standard" target load for over 100 years.
     
  13. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj New Member

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    .38 Spl and a snub nose revolver? Never heard of them! ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  14. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker Well-Known Member

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    No, that really doesn't matter. You can call a duck a chicken all you want, but it's still a duck.

    The term "pistol" was around LONG before the first semi auto.
     
  15. Missouribound

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    Calling a 38 "weak is like calling a Porche slow in comparison to a Ferrarri.
    Just because there are things bigger, stronger and faster doesn't make something weak. The 38 special was the mainstay for the LEO's across the country at one time. If the reasoning is soley by comparison, then the S&W 500 is weak too....because someone has a rocket launcher sitting on their shoulder.
     
  16. JTJ

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    The best feature of the revolver is the versatility. I can load anything from snake shot to +P in my S&W 639. The +P loads are easy on the hand in my SP101. When boondocking out in the desert, I carry the 639 with a snake round and +P's. If I feel I might run into something more dangerous, I carry the SP101 and 125 grain 357's. If I carry the SP101 for SD it is usually loaded with 110 grain HP 357. I use Berry or Rainier bullets for reloading. They are copper plated and pretty reasonable. I use a taper crimp.
     
  17. at_liberty

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    There are so many parallels in evolution of the language. If wishing to be understood or even politically correct, one better keep up.
     
  18. texaswoodworker

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    Should we start calling all magazines clips instead too?

    I think political correctness is one of the many things ruining this country.

    Pistol always has, and always will refer to ALL handguns. Not just semi autos.
     
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  19. HM2Grunt

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    I really like to shoot .38 Sp. Nice cal. for informal mixed gender/age shooting sessions. I learned to shoot as a kid with my dad's issued cop S&W M-10. The round may not be as popular today because of the automatic pistol being much more prevalent. I can always find them though.

    Because I like um, I love um, I want some more of um
     
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  20. HM2Grunt

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    Texas, I'm liking the word, revolver. Then almost everybody has a mental image of what I am talking about.