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Thread: Show Me Your .38 S&Ws (NOT Specials)

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    Boolit Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    Show Me Your .38 S&Ws (NOT Specials)

    I know there must be some lurking here besides Louisiana Man and myself who collect and shoot revolvers chambered for the .38 S&W (NOT Special) cartridge. Here are some of mine, please show us yours:

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    The ENEMY is listening.
    HE wants to know what YOU know.
    Keep it to yourself.

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    I'll be, haven't seen one of them in a long time!

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    Aww Gee...
    I passed up a fairly early “Chief” in 38 S&W that looked a lot like yours. Not sure what that 38S&W model is called. Is that the Model 32? I have some J-frames in 38 Spl and some in 32 S&W but I don’t remember the model of that 38 S&W. I passed it up bc I’m knee deep in J and K frames in 38 Spl. Figured I could back off the Bullseye a little and get those ballistics if I wanted them.

    I’m not knocking your penchant for 38 S&Ws. That’s a really cool pile of them. What about that caliber appeals to you?

    And is that Ruger Speed Six in 38 S&W too?
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    I'm not in a position to post photos just now, but I have 4 38 S&W revolvers, all in excellent condition:

    Early Colt Police Positive, 4" barrel
    Webley Mk IV 4" barrel, spur hammer
    Webley Mk IV 5" barrel, spur hammer, sliding safety, marked SPF (for Singapore Police Force, I understand)
    Smith & Wesson Lend Lease Victory Model, 5" barrel

    As I have learned is common experience, my interest in this round, along with such as the 455, has grown with age.

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    I happen to have one. I put it in a display case with some other items to make it more interesting too. The revolver is on the wrong side to help balance out the display case. I had sold the .38 Special S&W revolver a number of years ago, and yes I regret it. Click image for larger version. 

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    This is the only picture in my downloaded file at this time.
    The Manage Attachments wont let me delete pictures so I can add more current pictures.
    This is a Belgian British Bull Dog that chambers a 38 S&W cartridge.
    But the bore is actually .340.
    So I swedge down 9mm cast boolits to .345 and load them with a Heavy roll crimp to hold the boolit in place.
    It Shoots.
    But I have 6 other pistols in .38 S&W including several top break that I call Suicide Specials and two Victory Lend lease with 5" barrels
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooting on a shoestring View Post
    ...Not sure what that 38S&W model is called....

    I’m not knocking your penchant for 38 S&Ws. That’s a really cool pile of them. What about that caliber appeals to you?

    And is that Ruger Speed Six in 38 S&W too?
    Original 2" .38 S&W round butt on I-frame was called the Terrier .38/32, later when they went to the J-frame it became the Model 32. I became interested in the caliber when I inherited a family piece, then I acquired others. Yes, that is an India Model Ruger in .380 Rimmed.

    I've found these little revolvers accurate, pleasant to shoot, and more effective on small game than a .22 or .32 but still economical of powder and lead. Velocity and payload is similar to a .38 Special wadcutter or .38 Long Colt from a revolver of the same barrel length, so while it may not be your first choice as a defense gun, they were felt adequate for that purpose for many years prior to WW2, and with flat-nosed bullets they do the job.

    Accurate has several molds designed for the .38 S&W in a range of bullet weights, so that you can find one to shoot to the fixed sights of any revolver you have. In solid-frame, swing-out cylinder guns a charge of 2.5 grains of Bullseye with 140-158 grain bullet is a "full charge" load, whereas for the older top-break guns you want to use 2 grains of Bullseye or TiteGroup.

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    I'd love to have one of those Rugers!
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    My first revolver was a .380/.38S&W Enfield that I bought from my 7th grade teacher. At school. The first handgun I reloaded for, also.
    My brother still owns it; I'll see about getting a pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Dobbs View Post
    I'd love to have one of those Rugers!
    They are out there, but pricey!
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    Had a range day a few weeks ago.. revolvers only.

    I brought a H&R defender in 38sw, a couple Webley in 38sw as well. One of the webs was one of those imports that was cut down to a snubby by a place in california way back.

    On the table is also a nagant revolver with it's stock cyl, plus a 32 acp cyl, as well as another H&R topbreak in 32 sw, and I believe a python is hiding at the top left of the picture.

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    H&R and Smith. Son #3 has them, from hid GF's estate. Not shot them.

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    I have a few .38 S&W revolvers, but this is one of my favorites ...

    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

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    By the way, this is my vintage 8 cavity .38 S&W 146 grain round nose plain base mould too ...







    I may have passed my "Best Before" date, but I haven't reached my "Expiry" date!

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    S&W Safety Hammerless (Lemon Squeezer) in 38 S&W.

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    Still trying to find the matching Supermarine Spitfire to go with it.
    WWJMBD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigslug View Post
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    Still trying to find the matching Supermarine Spitfire to go with it.
    Indeed! Drool worthy warbird photos here: http://www.warbirdalley.com/spitpic.htm

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    Love that mold!!

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    Nice rollers man!

    What dies do you use for the .38? I tried Lee (marked .38 S&W) some years back but the sizer was identical to a .38 spl.


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    Here’s mine. I had it for about 25 years and it’s a hoot to shoot.
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