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Cuete
11-23-2012, 2:04 PM
Does anyone know the magazine capacity for a Colt Model 70 1911 chambered in 38spl?

I am about to take possession of one in an inter-familial transfer and want to know whether the magazine will have to be disassembled before it's given to me.

9mmepiphany
11-23-2012, 2:53 PM
They shouldn't, they (chambered in .38 Special) were designed to be loaded with only 5 rounds

JeremyS
11-23-2012, 3:10 PM
You mean a series 70 Colt 1911 in .38 super? .38 special (spl) is a revolver cartridge.

They're typically 9 rounds.

9mmepiphany
11-23-2012, 3:22 PM
Besides the 1911, the S&W M-52 was also chamber in .38Spl. There are also a multitude of target pistols chambered in .32 S&W which is also a rimmed cartridge

JeremyS
11-23-2012, 3:43 PM
Yes, yes, there are semi-auto pistols chambered in all sorts of rimmed cartridges, from .38 spl to .357 magnum to .44 magnum to .30 carbine and other crap. I sort of assumed that OP meant .38 Super due to calling it a Model 70. However.... looks like Colt Made some National Match models chambered in .38 special back in the series 70 days, which is news to me so maybe you're right on. Looks like those were 5 rounds, as you said.

I guess either way, OP is under the 10 round max.

Cuete
11-23-2012, 4:31 PM
Sorry, yeah it's a .38 super, not spl. Thanks for the help, couldn't find the answer thru google and cursory forum searches.

Glad I won't have to take apart the mag.

westcoast362
11-23-2012, 5:04 PM
I hope you will post some photos when you get the pistol. I really like Series 70 Colts in .38super.

Cuete
11-23-2012, 5:25 PM
I will. I'll clean it up and take some photos when I get home. It just sat in my granfather's safe for a while so I think it may have some light rust or grime.

It looks like this gun is going to cost as much as a new glock to fix the headspacing problem and buy a box of ammo.

Tarn_Helm
11-23-2012, 5:50 PM
I will. I'll clean it up and take some photos when I get home. It just sat in my granfather's safe for a while so I think it may have some light rust or grime.

It looks like this gun is going to cost as much as a new glock to fix the headspacing problem and buy a box of ammo.

Ok, glad you got the Super/Special distinction cleared up.

But . . .

:useless:

So let's see those photos.
:popcorn:

9mmepiphany
11-23-2012, 6:47 PM
It looks like this gun is going to cost as much as a new glock to fix the headspacing problem and buy a box of ammo.
What head spacing problem are you having?

The Series 70 Colts headspaced on the rim

redcliff
11-23-2012, 7:09 PM
What head spacing problem are you having?

The Series 70 Colts headspaced on the rim

Thats probably the problem, no?

It wasn't until the late 80's that Colt finally started headspacing on the case mouth in the 38 Super.

RL15
11-23-2012, 9:23 PM
9 rounds in the 38 super

Cuete
11-24-2012, 12:08 AM
Thats probably the problem, no?

It wasn't until the late 80's that Colt finally started headspacing on the case mouth in the 38 Super.

Yeah, judging by when my grandpa remembers buying the gun this would fall into the Series 70 38 supers that were head spaced by the cartridge rim. I haven't tested it yet since I'm away from home on Thanksgiving break but it's probably a safe bet I'll need a barrel and possibly a gunsmith to fit it to the gun. :(

I don't have anything to clean the gun with here, but if I get her looking decent I'll take some shots to post before I'm back home.