Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

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Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by Bruce in WV on 7/10/2013, 12:41 pm

I'm rebarreling a 5 screw K38 that appears to be a good candidate for a full rebuild after rebarreling. Before I spend the money on a trip to the factory I'd like to get a master shooter to test it for me.
Is there a revolver master shooter in northern or central VA or WV available to test fire the gun for me for accuracy?


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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by Bruce in WV on 7/13/2013, 6:33 pm

I just noticed that the Camp Perry matches are on now - I don't think I'll get any responses until everyone gets home and catches up on the forum. That's OK - the gun is in the queue for rebarreling, so it won't be available for a little while.
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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by rvlvrlvr on 7/15/2013, 1:41 pm

Do you ever get out to the Fairfax, VA area? I frequently shoot at the indoor, 50yd NRA HQ Range and I cut my teeth on revolvers in Bullseye (made indoor/outdoor Master with them, took NRA Distinguished Revolver badge #82; I'm using semi-autos now since I don't have as much time to practice anymore).

Also - do you have access to a machine rest, or barring that, a very solid sandbagged rest?
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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by Bruce in WV on 7/16/2013, 8:36 am

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Thank you for the suggestions. PM in your mailbox, sir.
Update: I'm very fortunate that this gentleman has graciously accepted the task of helping me assess this pistol when it's ready to go from the gunsmith. Thanks rvlrlvr!
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Great meeting Rvlrlvr

Post by Bruce in WV on 8/21/2013, 8:43 pm

I had a nice time at the NRA HQ range tonight. Met rvlrlvr and he gave me some advice about my K38 (and let me shoot his match gun and handloads - wohoo!) Thank you, sir, for the courtesy of meeting and giving me your informed opinion.
It seriously needs a full action job and higher front sight/ (or higher rear sight blade) to get BE loads into the X with a 6 o'clock on the black. Faster loads might also get the bullet strikes down into the target zone, but I want this gun to be for BE at 25 yds, so that's probably not the right solution.
I have to decide how to go forward. Higher (pinned) front sight seems to be a no-brainer since altering the rear sight is so much harder. Full action job is a question of getting it in line at a S&W specialist. Then, test it again...
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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by rvlvrlvr on 8/22/2013, 10:24 pm

The trigger return was 'sticking' a bit, and the single-action trigger was not as light as I normally prefer - both of those can be addressed with the proper application of a stone. I don't typically do anything for the double-action since I don't use double-action in Bullseye (and the double-action triggers for my other wheelguns are quite adequate for the other shooting I do).

It was a pleasure meeting you, Bruce!
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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by Bruce in WV on 8/23/2013, 4:44 pm

This thread goes to zombie status while the gun goes out for the required work. Thanks  for your interest.
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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by james r chapman on 9/4/2013, 8:22 pm

Bruce, a higher front sight will lower you group, a higher front  rear sight will raise your group...lol!

oops, me bad...


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Post by Bryan Coyle on 9/4/2013, 9:22 pm

That's quite the front sight that can do both ...

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Post by Rob Kovach on 9/4/2013, 9:31 pm

Bruce, you can't have it both ways.  Raising the rear sight raises the group.
Besides DR requires a fixed front sight....
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Re: Final update-Need revolver master shooter in NoVA to test K38

Post by Bruce in WV on 9/5/2013, 8:05 am

Thank you. Equipment can be fixed easier than the shooter - I have to do my part when the gun (finally) comes back.
The gunsmith found a damaged hand when he took off the sideplate. The effects a number variables, so we'll fix that, do the action job, and retest from sandbags before we do anything to the sights.
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Final update - Zombie thread

Post by Bruce in WV on 12/13/2014, 12:15 pm

I hate leaving a thread incomplete. Here's the final update. 
Gun required complete rebuild with new barrel, replaced most of the innards (including the star), made it DAO for a club-level steel gun. Tested it with my old guy eyesight and had to use CTC laser grips to get a clear sight picture, gun in two hand offhand hold, generic 148gr hbwc ammo, 15 yards - I failed to do my part on every shot, did OK with a few flyers. It's not a true test for a match gun, but good for my needs and my for grandkids, so successful project all around.
I appreciate the help from rvlrlvr and info gleaned from many threads here.


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