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Post by Romar Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:29 pm

I recently purchased what was advertised as a Colt 1911 38 Super Wadcutter.  I took it out to the range yesterday and discovered it would not fully load a 38 Super ball round.  Both the barrel and the slide say the caliber is Super 38.  Is there a difference in the two rounds that would cause it not to load?  I have shot 38 special wad cutters in the far past and those had the round flush with the casing.  I also have shot and still have what was described to me as 45 cal wadcutters, but they go out beyond the casing? I brought the 1911 home pulled it apart and checked for an obstruction, there wasn't any.  I tried just dropping the bullet into the barrel and it would only drop 1/2 of the cartridge into the barrel.
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Post by james r chapman Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:32 pm

Possibly .38 AMU?
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Post by Jon Eulette Wed Aug 18, 2021 8:54 pm

Can you provide picture of the hood; does it have rim cut out for the 38 special?
Can you measure with caliper from the rear of hood to front of chamber where case mouth would stop?
I’ve been playing with some 38 spl barrels recently from the past and they are TIGHT! Also is the lead angle longer than what you see with your 45?
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Post by jc2721 Wed Aug 18, 2021 11:08 pm

Have you tried a .38 Special WC?  My 1911 is marked as a Super .38 but it is a .38 WC gun.  The smith who built it cut off the chamber/lugs and silver soldered in a .38 barrel.

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Post by toddcfii Thu Aug 19, 2021 4:20 pm

38 Special Wadcutter guns such as the S&W 52 will not load or shoot normal 38 Spacial Ammo with a ball type profile. I would expect if it was sold as a 38 Super wadcutter that it would not load ball Ammo. However I have never heard of a 38 Super wadcutter gun. That does not mean they don’t exist. As another poster mentioned it could be a 38 Super modified for 38 Special Wadcutter Ammo. Also normal 45 “wadcutter” Ammo is really semi wadcutter and has a truncated cone profile. 38 special wadcutter is a true wadcutter and is flat flush with the case.
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