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Old 09-30-2015, 5:32 PM
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Just figured I'd pull this old girl out and get a pic of her.

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Thanks Dennis. I haven't shot her yet. I've heard you can load light loads in 38 Spc brass, so I need to find some oversize boolits for it, as the bore seems pretty... uh, accommodating would be a good word
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I've heard you can load light loads in 38 Spc brass, so I need to find some oversize boolits for it, as the bore seems pretty... uh, accommodating would be a good word
Correctly sized and marked 38 Long Colt brass is available http://www.midwayusa.com/product/941...s-38-long-colt

Correct bullets are also available http://gadcustomcartridges.com/#cast
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Cool revolver Brian. Hope you're able to get some ammo made made up soon so you can shoot it.
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Cool revolver Brian. Hope you're able to get some ammo made made up soon so you can shoot it.
Thanks, I'm kind of confused now... I thought this thing was 38 LC but now I am thinking it is 38 SPC as it has a small lip at the end of the cylinder. According to the serial they were transitioning from LC to SPC right around this same time. I'm going to hold off on doing anything until I find out for sure, but I do have the LC cases Milsurp Collector linked to sitting in my shopping cart along with a set of Lee carbide dies! I didn't want to spend another $50 just for something I am going to shoot only as a novelty. I've got way too many of those as it is.

I'll post up a target when I get it all sorted out... hopefully the bullet holes will be round and not rectangles!!
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You can shoot 38 Long Colt in a 38 Special revolver, so if you make ammo with that 38 Long Colt brass you can use it no matter which cartridge that revolver is chambered for.
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You can shoot 38 Long Colt in a 38 Special revolver, so if you make ammo with that 38 Long Colt brass you can use it no matter which cartridge that revolver is chambered for.
My point is that it appears it is chambered for 38spc, which I already have thousands of cases for, and dies. I have no desire to buy more dies and cases for another cartridge, especially when I don't have a 38 colt.
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My point is that it is chambered for 38spc, which I already have thousands of cases for, and dies. I have no desire to buy more sites and cases for another cartridge, especially when I don't have a 38 colt.
.38 Special will chamber in it, but the cylinder is too thin for the cartridge. It is for .38 Long Colt. I suggest that you find a load that is comparable to .38 Colt from .38 Special.
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Nice old revolver - I hope you get the ammo situation squared away and post a range report.
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.38 Special will chamber in it, but the cylinder is too thin for the cartridge. It is for .38 Long Colt. I suggest that you find a load that is comparable to .38 Colt from .38 Special.
Ok, well that contradicts what I am being told on the colt collector forum. I originally thought this was chambered in 38LC but after looking up the serial it was determined to be 38 special. That and the fact that it has a ridge at the front of the cylinder bores is an indication that it is chambered in 38 special.
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Ok, well that contradicts what I am being told on the colt collector forum. I originally thought this was chambered in 38LC but after looking up the serial it was determined to be 38 special. That and the fact that it has a ridge at the front of the cylinder bores is an indication that it is chambered in 38 special.
I have seen one mention on the Internet of late production Colt New Army & Navy revolvers being chambered in .38 Special, but I don't know where they got that information, nor do I know where the people on that Colt forum got their information. Neither of my references (The Book of Colt Firearms and Handguns of the World) mentions anything about those revolvers being chambered in .38 Special.

Both of my Colt New Army revolvers have ridges inside the end of the cylinder bores, so I don't know if that really means anything.



To me the cost of some reloading dies - $32 - and some correctly headstamped brass - $19.29 - is a relatively small investment when making ammo to shoot in an old revolver worth hundreds or even >1,000 dollars. As that Colt Fever web site points out

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so I think it is worthwhile to not take any chances shooting .38 Special in any of these revolvers. You won't go wrong sticking with .38 Long Colt, and the cost of the dies and brass is low relative to the value of the revolver.
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