What .38 Special Wadcutter

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What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by beeser on Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:39 am

I would like to buy for my next purchase a .38 Special Wadcutter.  What options do I have besides a S&W Model 52 or Colt 1911?

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by gitkrunk on Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:36 pm

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by AllAces on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:04 pm

S&W Revolvers such as the Model 14.

Sig-Hammerli P240.

Bill Davis Windmaster.

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by Colt711 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:29 am

"Windmaster". Intrigimg name for a.38, can you elaboratre?

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by Colt711 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:52 am

Contents in mine are a bit unusual, maybe it can't be called a gun box any longer as there are no guns in it. Too heavy for my wornout shoulders. Guns, usually a Marvel & Colt 1911 .38, are in a small bag.

The box has targets, brass retriever, squib rod(s), batteries, 2 EIC's, shooting glasses, bushing wrench, oil, , couple allen wrenches, Marvel takedown tool, 3 or four mags, scope and mount, the only reason to use the box, and a plastic 22 ammo  box, w/small screwdriver, 2 mag loaders.

it is minimal in size and is retained in service as I've been unable to come up w/ a stable, usable scope mount.

Ammo goes in a plastic GI type ammo can and other needs in the gun bag.

Allows and old has been to kind of nibble at BE.

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by james r chapman on Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:07 pm

Colt711 wrote:"Windmaster". Intrigimg name for a.38, can you elaboratre?

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It was a name for one of Bill Davis's famous PPC revolvers IIRC

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by 3 gun Gus on Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:35 pm

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by BE Mike on Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:32 am

For a factory gun, match ready out-of-the-box, you will have to go with a S&W 52 or Sig-Hammerli 240. The S&W is easy to mount a scope with a wide variety of mounts from :www.bme-mounts.com. The 240 has one option available from BME. Other than that you will have to buy a new or used custom .38 special built on a 1911 platform. In general, the Colt factory .38 Special pistols aren't worth considering.

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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by Jerry Keefer on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:11 am

james r chapman wrote:
Colt711 wrote:"Windmaster". Intrigimg name for a.38, can you elaboratre?

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It was a name for one of Bill Davis's famous PPC revolvers IIRC

When the PPC National Championships were fired in DesMoines, Iowa, during the  1980s,  the high winds that frequented that area were a curse. Bill produced a heavy barrel that was wider than it was tall, and coined the name "WindMaster" . Supposing the wind would have less area of  the barrel to force against.. Bill built very good PPC revolvers..and was an acomplished shooter himself..
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Re: What .38 Special Wadcutter

Post by Allan Campbell on Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:13 pm

Certainly there are a variety of opinions on whether it is wise to use a 38 for centerfire.

Learning only 2 guns argues for going with your 45. A lighter trigger and less recoil supports the 38.

For my 2 cents, I tried both and waffled from  one to the other, until I decided that I simply enjoy having and shooting my 52-2.

 I am by no means an expert on this (and don't shoot expert either) but I do shoot the 52 slightly better than my Mountain Competition 45. So if you enjoy it, shoot it. 2.7 gr of Bullseye behind a 148 gr cast wadcutter works in my gun with an Aimpoint Micro on a BME slide mount.

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