snubnose 38

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by iceboxx1953.7, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. iceboxx1953.7

    iceboxx1953.7 New Member

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    I have a snub 38 That keyholes at about 20 feet.Is there anything that can be done to correct that problem . Rick
     
  2. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    What loads are you using?

    What is the overall condition of the barrel of the .38 (i.e. the rifling and whatnot)?
     

  3. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    It sounds like you're using wrong loads-likely lead round nose. Try using a jacketed bullet load and see how they shoot. You have to experiment with different loads and stick with what shoots best.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    What weapon, and what cartridge? Have a S&W Mdl 36 that will make 5 shot cloverleafs at 50 ft with wadcutters- and have seen an RG that bullets must have left the muzzle traveling sideways.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If the gun is from a quality maker ie. Smith and Wesson, Colt, Ruger, Taurus and to some degree Charter Arms, I would say you have a severely fouled/leaded barrel. Clean with a Lead free Cloth cut into patches to remove the fouling. Be very careful on blued guns as the cloth will remove bluing.

    If you have a gun from someone like RG, Rohm etc. you can probably put it into service as a light weight boat anchor.

    I have seen a Colt Trooper that appeared to have a smooth bore barrel. No sign that there was ever rifling in it. Not lead fouled, just an oops. Even the good guys make mistakes.
     
  6. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Follow the advice you've read in this thread, but don't lose sleep over keyhole 38's. If it hits the target somewhere close to POA you are in good shape. A tumbling .38 is devistating to vitals...
     
  7. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    I would also check for severe lead fouling, and address that first. If for some reason you are using heavy for caliber bullets, that may be a significant cause as well.
    Not to sound confrontational, but devastating or not, hitting close to POA and keyholes at 20 feet are somwhat concerning to me. I wouldn't lose sleep, but I would either fix, or get rid of, the gun. Either case, keeping it for defensive use is unsat.