Do I really need a pistola or two in .38 Super ????????

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  1. DubfromGA

    DubfromGA

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    I've given up on shooting the DA/SA P226, P220, 92F, CZ75 and other similar to the level that I am happy with.

    I've done some flipping and wound up buying new 1911's in calibers other than the .45acp.....figuring I'd take full advantage of the reloading gear I'm slowly acquiring, too.

    In addition to the 45's....I now have 5" & 4.25" 9mm, two 5" 10mm and am looking beyond.

    I'll be keeping my wheelguns in 44 RemMag for deer hunting, but will also be using the 10mm for such.



    I've been getting some nicer guns than what I used to have....but nothing custom or higher grade semi-custom such as Alchemy, Wilson Combat, EdBrown or Nighthawk. If I were to order such a gun it'd be my primary carry gun and would see much range time, too.

    I've been thinking about what cartridge to chamber that really nice gun in.
    I'm 51 now and can feel the beginning effect of arthritis in my hands....it's been in my knees & spine for ages, lol. I used to say, "I'm as good once as I ever was"....now, however, not so sure that's accurate, lol.


    .45 is what I've always used in my 1911 until recent times. The 9mm are mighty sweet shooting at the range. The 10mm aren't punishing and will do great for hunting.

    The 9mm are much more cost efficient to shoot, too.

    Seems as if the .38Super would take advantage of the longer cartridge length the 1911 was designed for, rim would make for assured extraction, more case capacity could be used to push 'em faster and the 9mm-sized projectiles would be much cheaper to buy for those range sessions.....less "punishing" on the hands & weapon, too. This would be for a gun that I'd plan on shooting/carrying for a long, long time.

    I'm kicking around the idea......


    I'd appreciate feedback from others who have experienced similar wants and if you did add .38Super how it went for you.
     
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  2. scattershot

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  3. ranger1968

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    Yes, you do need one. A 1911 in .38 super is a true joy to shoot, guaranteed to generate smiles ....
     
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    I have always wanted a good 1911 in 38super but f you have a 10mm, buy a 357sig bbl & you have more than a 38super. It is what I did with my Delta 10.
     
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    SDGlock23 JABRONI AUTIST

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    You probably don't need it, but I sense you want it real bad, so go for it.
     
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    If you came here to get talked out of it, you came to the wrong place...
     
  7. Tony Rumore

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    I don't know if you hand load, but the Super can run right with the 357 Sig, no problem.
    The VV manual shows 10.9gr of N105 to be max with a 124gr bullet and that load ran 1503fps from my 5" 1911.

    Tony
     
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    I have a Frankencolt in the shop right now getting worked on. Colt Defender 45ACP frame, 9MM Para officer length upper fitted with a Fusion 38 Super barrel. He's still working on getting it to feed properly, but with the little range time I had with it I could tell it's going to be a good shooter.

    So yes...you NEED a 38 Super.
     
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    Need? Probably not. That hasn't kept me from owning, and reloading for, a succession of 38 Super pistols since the '70s,i.e., Colts, Kimbers, and one STI. I'm down to only two Supers now, a Kimber and STI. I've set more than one up to also shoot 9MM, including my current Kimber. FWIW, with factory 9MM and 38S ammo, the ballistic advantage is not always to the Super. Hand loading though, the bigger 38S case allows safe ballistics beyond what the 9MM is capable of. I've achieved ballistics similar to what Tony mentions in his post, without any blown cases or primers, no pierced primers, no "Super face", or any other scary stuff I've heard of. We are fortunate now days that there is finally some decent SD/carry factory ammo available for the Super, especially from some of the smaller ammo manufacturers. I still like the Supers, even though "a pistola or two in 38 Super" is probably not needed;)
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  11. rock_castle

    rock_castle Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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    What does "need" have to do with it?
     
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    I'm 62 and thought I was just aging. I changed medical providers four years ago and they determined I got a serious arthritic condition, Ankylosing Spondylitis and now I am injecting Humira biweekly. So for me I am doing 22 LR and 9mm.

    Back in the 1980s I got a Colt 38 Super because I needed another caliber in my 1911 collection. It was fun reloading for and just another reason to buy another 1911.
     
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    GlockinStihl Glocked out, have a new SIGness!

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    Nope, but a G40 with a 7" 9x25 barrel might be nice! :D
     
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    In 1911s I've owned 2-45's, 2-9mms, and 2 Supers.
    The Supers were the only ones that were 100% reliable from round 1.
    IMO the Super is a very natural caliber for the 1911, and a classic.
    I'm hoping to add a Super barrel to my Kimber 9mm.
    You won't regret it.
     
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    It would be at that.


    Problem for me is finding the barrels in stock anywhere.




    Been thinking this would be a great way to go, to.....have my 9mm converted to 38Super, too.
     
  16. Valmet

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    Absolutely you do. A 1911 in .38 Super is a ton of fun and won’t break the bank if you reload for it.
     
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    Get 'er done Hoss ! 1911 38 Super ! Sweet...




    CanyonMan
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