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.38 S+W Special

.38 S+W Special


.38 S+W Special

After using a .38 S. & W. Special for some time, I have come to the conclusion that it does not fill the bill for an all around gun. For expert target shooting, it is the best gun out. It does fairly well on small game, as its slow, long pointed bullet does not tear much, but in the woods where you may want to take a shot at a deer or a grubbing bear, it is not enough. However, I believe a much more powerful load for this gun could be worked out by using a lighter flat nosed bullet and a heavier charge of powder, but the ammunition makers do not supply us with such loads. I am going to turn my .38 Special over to Mr. Cohen, he of the three golden apples. I shall look no more for an all around gun but hang on to my .22 S. & W. target and 38-40 Bisley model Colt revolvers. A better combination cannot be had. For small game and taking a poke at this and that, the .22 is just the thing. The 38-40 Bisley Colt will punch a hole clear through a deer. I fell in love with this baby cannon, not on first sight, for it is a most ornery looking at the first time I shot it. It is a great shooter,

but for looks. Ugh! Almost as bad as a Marble game getter. Now that I have mentioned the game getter, I will give my experience with one of these guns with 12" barrels. Evidently Mr. Marble did not know that a thing of beauty is a joy forever, as he did not put any beauty on it. The makers claimed that it would shoot the 44 Cal. round ball straight and hard enough to kill a deer at 50 yards. Aiming at the shoulder of a deer at 50 yards I got one effective hit out of four shots. I have never tried the longer barreled guns, but I presume they handle the round ball loads much better. The .22 barrel shoots very good, also the 44 cal. barrel with shot loads. I hear this gun will be on the market again before long with the lower barrel bored for the 410 gauge shell. I wish the Marble people would get out a gun built like a real gun with a real stock, 20" barrels .22 cal. upper, 16 or 20 gauge lower and a different firing mechanism. The changeable striker is a poor rig. I often forget to change it and fire the wrong barrel. Two separate hammers, single trigger and a device that would permit but one hammer to be cocked at a time would be much better. What say you, fellow gun nuts, don't you think this would be a la palloozza of a fire stick?

J. W. Kelter, Oregon

Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,

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