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Old December 10th, 2016, 04:18 PM   #16
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I also download 44 mag casings to "Skeeter" 44 Special levels
I actually shoot the Skeeter load only in the .44 Specials. In the .44Mag I've settled on 10g of Unique under 240-250g SWC instead of 8.5g ( which mimics the .44 Special 7.5g Skeeter Load). Just a 'little' more punch to make it 'feel' more like a magnum, yet shoot all day . I've shot the 8.5g load in my .44 Magnums (good load), but now that I have the .44 Special revolvers, I just use them instead . My .44 Magnum revolvers are, for the most part, collecting dust.

As for .44 Special cases, I just order from Starline Brass. FYI, they have .44 Special currently in stock. brass is easy to come by.

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Old December 23rd, 2016, 08:18 PM   #17
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38 spc is the only centerfire i enjoy.
the price of ammo is really special.
my model 15 will shoot one hole groups at 25 yards, but only with mid range wadcutters. those run 40 cents/round.
i don't get to shoot them as often as i'd like, due to cost.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 09:31 PM   #18
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I have 3 .357 Magnum revolvers & I enjoy shooting .38 Special's more then anything. My Ruger GP100 WC II 3inch barreled .357 when I shoot .38 Special's thru it my accuracy shooting off hand at 15 yds is one ragged hole. I reload so I enjoy working up loads using from 140-158 grain hard cast LSWC. I love shooting LSWC bullets. .38 Special is my favorite handgun round by far. My CCW revolver a Ruger LCRX .38 Special. I found a nice Taurus .44 Magnum Tracker revolver that's for sale but I would only want to shoot .44 Special's wouldn't mind have this revolver but .44 Special ammo is very pricey not that much cheaper then .44 Magnum. I would have to resort to Starline Brass & .44 Special dies. I already played this game with .327 FM reloading is really the only way to go.........but yes these "Special CTG's" are very nice I like them!!!
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It is interesting that there's been no bad mouthing of the .38sp as an effective round so far in this discussion.

I always find it fascinating when the conversation turns to preference of this round or that round as a favorite for personal protection. But I don't want to hijack this conversation and I think we'd all agree that none of us want to get shot with any bullet no matter its size.

One or two of my friends poo-poo the .38sp as weak and too slow to be a good PD round. They favor the 9mm for its velocity and reputation, wide availability and price, and that you can get 10+ rounds into a magazine for more firepower. They rarely want to shoot my revolvers when I offer at the range. (Fine, more fun for me.)

Personally, I like the .38sp quite a bit (and have no experience with the .44sp). Been shooting .38 since I was a kid and feel very comfortable carrying five rounds in a snubbie for protection. But I'm a revolver fan so what can I say?
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I am seeing a resurgence in 38Spl two people showed me their brand new J Frames just yesterday.
I feel fully armed carrying one as my EDC.
gqucool have been real interested in the LCRx seems like a great all around gun, wondering why you like it enough for a EDC. As a surveyor in the field a lot, alternating shot shell's with 158 swc coupled with the 3" barrel might suit me well. Not sure if shot shells would be effective in the J Frame 38SPL due to the short barrell not that I have tried one.
I am like many of ya'll nothing wrong with a 38SPL it is effective and not given the credit due.

My J Frame has a 1.875" barrel.
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hlg - I hear you loud and clear. The way some people talk about the 38 Special you would think the round could barely penetrate a paper target

There are a lot of "Gun Store Commandos" that spout off very dubious opinions concerning firearms and terminal ballistics.

The 38 Special has a lot going for it. Uninformed people tend to compare the 38 Spl to other cartridges and then, based only on that comparison, declare the 38 Spl. to be inadequate. That is a faulty approach to that evaluation.

There are many variations of the phase: "Perfect is the enemy of the good" or "Perfection is the enemy of adequate" but it comes down maligning something for being less than perfect when adequate will suffice just fine.
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Old December 25th, 2016, 01:43 PM   #22
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since i have no use for gel tests, i tried 158 grain 38spc against 2x4s.
the bullet completely passed thru 2, then buried itself in the third, the heel was 1/4'' into it.

humans are not harder to penetrate than 2 white pine 2x4s.
perfect self defense round with minor recoil allowing fast follow up shots.
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 12:46 PM   #23
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I like the specials also shoot probably 100-150 rds of 38 a week. Just glad I reload so I can afford the hobby
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I have a Blackhawk in 357, and a Redhawk in 44. I always enjoy shooting special loads in each one. The 38 & 44 Specials are nothing to sneeze at, that's for sure!!!!
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With proper shot placement ANY round can be an adequate self defense round. While I like the specials, like others here, I shoot magnum loads in my magnum revolvers. I run everything close to max loads.........why? because if I want less recoil, I simply shoot another gun. I DO have pistols chambered in the 38 and 44 specials and that's what I shoot in those. I also just picked up a 3 screw 357 that is being refit to 41 special. I also have both a SA chambered in 32 and another in 327 mag. So got them all covered.......LOL!!!
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I have to admit , that as a young man fresh out of the Guard and full of piss and vinegar , I was one that felt the 38 was a waste of gun powder. Once I started reloading is when my eyes opened to the versitility and fun of 38 Special.
It is truly our favorite cartridge for my wife and I.

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For close range self defense a hollow base .38 wadcutter loaded backwards( hollow facing forward) is a pretty devastating round.
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I love them both and prefer my revolvers chambered specifically for these rounds...my GP44 vs a 44 mag. They are more than adequate for my intended purposes, and don't hurt my hand. That being said, I do have buyers remorse about a certain SP101. I found a 3 inch chambered in 38 special last year...barely used but priced right and was I was too stupid to purchase it. It was the only one I've seen since. So basically my 357 SP101 shoots a lot more 38s than 357s. If I find another one similar to the one I didn't purchase, I will not make the same mistake again.
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