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BulletAim 11 July 2017 18:32

.38 Special
 
I'm having a rough time with this. Anyone know of any semi-autos that can shoot a .38 special? I'm almost certain that there's at least a few out there that do. I know that they're primarily used for revolvers but I have a ton of .38 specials locked up and I want to use them. I hate revolvers but I do know someone that has one that I can waste the ammo with for target practice. But if I can use a semi-auto, I would prefer to. Otherwise, I'll just use my buddy' revolver to dump the ammo.

gavin 11 July 2017 18:41

Sure, there are autoloaders chambered in .38 Special, but they are rare and very expensive, nor do they function all that well. There's the S&W 52, the Coonan with a .38 kit, some very rare Colt 1911 Gold Cups.

Expatmedic 11 July 2017 18:52

Expensive gun to shoot cheap ammo?:smile:

If it were me I might seek out a S&W 36. I just like the looks of it.

EchoFiveMike 11 July 2017 18:54

Almost all of the semi autos are setup to shoot 38 wad cutter loads exclusively. Just sell the ammo or get a revolver. S/F...Ken M

GPC 11 July 2017 19:49

.357 Desert Eagle?
I'm sure if you posted in the PX a member might buy the ammo.

BulletAim 11 July 2017 20:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by gavin (Post 1058659856)
Sure, there are autoloaders chambered in .38 Special, but they are rare and very expensive, nor do they function all that well. There's the S&W 52, the Coonan with a .38 kit, some very rare Colt 1911 Gold Cups.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Expatmedic (Post 1058659858)
Expensive gun to shoot cheap ammo?:smile:

If it were me I might seek out a S&W 36. I just like the looks of it.

gavin, isn't an autoloader basically the mag clip for a revolver as far as reloading? Empty the wheel and pop in the autoloader to reload it quicker than putting them in one at a time?
And EM, that does look nice. I might end up looking into that one. I have the money to use something decent, however, I could probably rent one from the local gun shop. I believe I've seen one there. Thanks!

gavin 11 July 2017 20:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by BulletAim (Post 1058659882)
gavin, isn't an autoloader basically the mag clip for a revolver as far as reloading?

An autoloader is a semi-automatic pistol.

The Fat Guy 11 July 2017 20:42

Sell the .38 ammo or trade it for 9mm.

like gavin said, the S&W 52 shoots .38 special but it is a target pistol.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...8c7a8d7151.jpg

That target rear sight looks like an 1800's torture device.

Tycon 11 July 2017 22:03

Shoot it UP! In a snubby, if possible. LOL!

Nothing feels quite as nice as 500-1000rds through a snubby with tiny factory grips, in a single day or weekend. :cool:

Or give (trade?) it to your revolver buddy for his next class or competition.

BigNickT 11 July 2017 22:13

Also consider that there are lever action carbines that will shoot 38 Spl. Get your cowboy on, burn up the ammo and sell it. Or not.

Chris-Harper 11 July 2017 23:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by BulletAim (Post 1058659882)
gavin, isn't an autoloader basically the mag clip for a revolver as far as reloading? Empty the wheel and pop in the autoloader to reload it quicker than putting them in one at a time?

They're called speedloaders...

As other have suggested...get a wheel gun or sell/give away the ammo...

ET1/ss nuke 12 July 2017 00:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigNickT (Post 1058659924)
Also consider that there are lever action carbines that will shoot 38 Spl. Get your cowboy on, burn up the ammo and sell it. Or not.

This!

EchoFiveMike 12 July 2017 09:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigNickT (Post 1058659924)
Also consider that there are lever action carbines that will shoot 38 Spl. Get your cowboy on, burn up the ammo and sell it. Or not.

This is a first rate idea. It'll be like a large 22LR. S/F....Ken M

BulletAim 12 July 2017 10:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058659892)
Sell the .38 ammo or trade it for 9mm.

like gavin said, the S&W 52 shoots .38 special but it is a target pistol.

Trading for 9mm seems like a better fit for me. And by target pistol I'm assuming that you're referring to a gun that's more for target practice than anything else?

CAP MARINE 12 July 2017 11:24

What's a clip? Paper clip

Nimja 12 July 2017 15:54

I have the Rossi .357/.38 lever gun. Absolutely love it with either. It's quiet with .38s!

The Fat Guy 12 July 2017 17:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigNickT (Post 1058659924)
Also consider that there are lever action carbines that will shoot 38 Spl. Get your cowboy on, burn up the ammo and sell it. Or not.

I have a Rossi in .38/357. It should be marked .357 only. The shorter cartridge does not load well. YMMV.

CAP MARINE 12 July 2017 19:16

.38 Super semi auto

Nimja 13 July 2017 07:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Fat Guy (Post 1058660089)
I have a Rossi in .38/357. It should be marked .357 only. The shorter cartridge does not load well. YMMV.

Interesting.. Mine works great! Maybe there is a burr somewhere..?

RangerCharlie 13 July 2017 07:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by CAP MARINE (Post 1058660110)
.38 Super semi auto

With .38 Special load in a 1911 Super?

I have a Super but never tried it.

I do load .38 in my .357 Ruger for cheaper shooting.


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