Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Go down

Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by hp246 on Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:27 pm

I  have one box of Federal Gold Medal Match left.  Haven't had to buy any in about 15 years for my Model 52 (no dash).  Just wonder what everyone out there is using and where the best deals are.  I've never had much luck with reman ammo for it, and don't want to start loading my own.

hp246

Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by NuJudge on Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:31 pm

Look here for what is available and prices:  
https://ammoseek.com/ammo/38-special/-handgun-148grains-  

I like Remington, and it is highly spoken of here, but it was discontinued awhile ago.

NuJudge

Posts : 72
Join date : 2011-09-22
Age : 61
Location : SE Michigan

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by hp246 on Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:37 pm

Thanks NuJudge.  My gun never liked Remington or Winchester, just the Federal.  But there are quite a few new manufacturers out there that weren't in building 38 HBWCs last time I had to buy ammo.  Thoughts on manufacturers such as Black Hills and Fiocchi?

hp246

Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by desben on Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:43 pm

What about Precision Delta or Roze/Zero? They both load 38 hbwc wadcutters for bullseye/PPC shooters and they both offer the choice of re-manufactured or new brass. I don't have experience with them but I recall reading they make a great product.
avatar
desben

Posts : 296
Join date : 2013-12-22
Location : Ontario, Canada

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by hp246 on Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:07 pm

desben wrote:What about Precision Delta or Roze/Zero? They both load 38 hbwc wadcutters for bullseye/PPC shooters and they both offer the choice of re-manufactured or new brass. I don't have experience with them but I recall reading they make a great product.
Would love to hear comments/sources about anything not mentioned in my original post.  Back in the day, the big three were Federal, Remington and Winchester.

hp246

Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by fc60 on Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:58 pm

New ammo from the retailers will be pricey.

Consider watching GunBroker for someone selling a case from an estate. Often you can get a good price.

Some of the old Western shot very well. I also have a Model 52-0 and it prefers the lower velocity Federal ammo.

As a bonus, the ammo might have been issued to a military shooter. Result, more X's.

Cheers,

Dave

fc60

Posts : 300
Join date : 2011-06-11
Location : South Prairie, WA 98385

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by Wobbley on Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:32 pm

I had some Zero reloads (1 box) and it shot and functioned fine.  Federal is kinda sorta out there somewhere, but is pricey when you find it and I'm not sure it's the same as it once was.  Same for Winchester and Remington.  Magtech and Sellier and Bellot both load wadcutter and they functioned and shot fine in my 52-2.  Fiocchi loads it as well but they did not function my pistol. Availability is the real issue.  It no longer sells well so the ammo companies only load it once a year or do.
avatar
Wobbley

Posts : 1335
Join date : 2015-02-12

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by troystaten on Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:19 am

The Remington is still cataloged and I think Sportsmans guide has it, hard to find on their website 

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/remington-target-38-special-tmwc-148-grain-50-rounds?a=1581506

Precision Delta has their own version of this ammo, have not tried it though.

Good luck

troystaten

Posts : 244
Join date : 2012-04-18

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by BE Mike on Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:18 am

I reload mine, but I wouldn't hesitate to use Zero reloaded ammo in my S&W 52-1. I think their prices include shipping, with a minimum amount.
avatar
BE Mike

Posts : 1459
Join date : 2011-07-29
Location : Indiana

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by Sevens on Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:04 pm

hp246 wrote:...and don't want to start loading my own.
Apologies if this is a thread drift, but is there any chance we could convince you otherwise?

Besides the fact that handloading brings cost/shot way, way, WAY down, it's an extremely rewarding hobby all on it's own. And IMO, there is quite literally nowhere better to start than with the .38 Special.

You needn't sink many hundreds of dollars in to equipment, either.

Sevens

Posts : 14
Join date : 2016-10-07

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by hp246 on Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:17 pm

Sevens wrote:
hp246 wrote:...and don't want to start loading my own.
Apologies if this is a thread drift, but is there any chance we could convince you otherwise?

Besides the fact that handloading brings cost/shot way, way, WAY down, it's an extremely rewarding hobby all on it's own. And IMO, there is quite literally nowhere better to start than with the .38 Special.

You needn't sink many hundreds of dollars in to equipment, either.
I'm considering it.  See my question on another thread about loading .38 HBWC.  Just never had very good luck with reloads in my 52.

hp246

Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by Virgil Kane on Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:12 pm

Don't know if this helps you out but these are on sale at Target Sport USA.

https://www.targetsportsusa.com/federal-premium-gold-medal-38-special-ammo-148-grain-match-wadcutter-gm38a-p-1187.aspx

Virgil

Virgil Kane

Posts : 484
Join date : 2011-06-10

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by hp246 on Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:27 pm

Great price depending on shipping.

hp246

Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-10-27

Back to top Go down

Re: Model 52 shooters- What are you doing for ammo?

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum