1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

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1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

Post by orpheoet on 10/4/2016, 9:23 am

So this .38 wadcutter runs great. However the brass dribbles out or goes left. I'm down to an 8 lb spring with 1 coil cut off. My 52-2 ejects the same ammo right into the brass catcher with a factory weight 8lb spring. The load I'm using is 2.7 gr of WST with a Zero 148 HBWC. I'm ordering a 7 pound spring. Is that what typically goes in these?
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Re: 1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

Post by cdrt on 10/4/2016, 11:22 am

For my Clark Heavy Slide in .38 Special using 2.7 of BE with either a Rem 148 HBWC or Hornady, I use a 7 lb. spring.  They eject into the net.
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Re: 1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

Post by Wobbley on 10/4/2016, 12:32 pm

Perhaps a slightly extended ejector or higher extractor tension?

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Re: 1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

Post by cdrt on 10/4/2016, 1:58 pm

Wobbley wrote:Perhaps a slightly extended ejector or higher extractor tension?
My Clark has an extended ejector...about an 1/8 of an inch.  It may be the one that was in there when they converted it from .38 Super to .38 Special, but that was in 1982, too far back to remember.
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Re: 1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

Post by orpheoet on 10/4/2016, 2:24 pm

Whatever is in this gun could be 50 years old. It's a Super .38 converted to wadcutter. Can someone elaborate on tuning the extractor and ejector?
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Re: 1911 .38 wadcutter ejection

Post by Jon Eulette on 10/4/2016, 9:32 pm

Typically the longer the case the shorter the ejector. Most .38's use stock/standard ejector with top angled back to kick cases up and out. Extractor tension is light. Rimmed case needs to be able to slide under it during feeding. The .38 special takes more effort to tune because of case length and how it feeds.
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