S&W J-frame range report

S&W J-frame range report

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    S&W J-frame range report

    I took it out today on my lunch break. Met my dad at the indoor range and ran 135 rounds through it. 50 125g Blazer brass, 75 125g Dads reloads and 10 158g Winchester +p. My thoughts are as follow (in no particular order)

    - I forgot how much of a pain in the arse cleaning a revolver is

    - It shot / I shot it a LOT better than I thought I was going to. At 10 Yards I was able to group all rounds inside of the 9 ring. It spread out a bit at 15 yards. At 25 yards I was able to consistently connect with with a large steel silhouette. I don't know what size it was.

    - I think I am going to go for a standard pressure carry load. My second round accuracy with the +p 158's was pretty bad. Hard to control. On the upside, the rounds produced a good deal of smoke and massive flash which was was kinda like having a backup team with me that was throwing smoke grenades and flash bangs at my target every time I fired. They should market that as a feature.

    -I already knew this but it's not a range gun. The first 50 rounds were great and I was on target. From 50 on though my accuracy got worse and worse and I started hitting more and more low left. The last 25 would have probably been more accurate if I had thrown them at the target. This is the type of gun I could see myself running 5 cylinders through every time I go to the range to stay proficient with it and then putting it away although those first 50 rounds were fun.

    - The trigger is not as bad as I thought but not as good as it could be. It's loosened up a bit since I have been dry firing the snot out of it. Still haven't made my mind up as to whether there is a trigger job in it's future.


    - Would it be that hard for Smith to re-design the cylinder latch to a lower profile so that my thumb knuckle isn't bleeding
    from three spots when I am done shooting it?

    The verdict? One hell of a carry gun for 350.00 bucks. Not high capacity but light, amazingly concealable and more shootable then I would have gave it credit for. No buyers remorse here.
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    Glad you're enjoying the gun. Pretty much the experience I had with mine, except I quit shooting long before you did. About thirty rounds at a time will be enough for me.
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    I came away with similar conclusions after my first j-frame encounter.

    I keep mine stoked with standard pressure 158 grain variety from Buffalo Bore.
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    Good report. Nice job. By the time I get through one box of ammo, my hand hurts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I took it out today on my lunch break. Met my dad at the indoor range and ran 135 rounds through it. 50 125g Blazer brass, 75 125g Dads reloads and 10 158g Winchester +p. My thoughts are as follow (in no particular order)

    - I forgot how much of a pain in the arse cleaning a revolver is

    - It shot / I shot it a LOT better than I thought I was going to. At 10 Yards I was able to group all rounds inside of the 9 ring. It spread out a bit at 15 yards. At 25 yards I was able to consistently connect with with a large steel silhouette. I don't know what size it was.

    - I think I am going to go for a standard pressure carry load. My second round accuracy with the +p 158's was pretty bad. Hard to control. On the upside, the rounds produced a good deal of smoke and massive flash which was was kinda like having a backup team with me that was throwing smoke grenades and flash bangs at my target every time I fired. They should market that as a feature.

    -I already knew this but it's not a range gun. The first 50 rounds were great and I was on target. From 50 on though my accuracy got worse and worse and I started hitting more and more low left. The last 25 would have probably been more accurate if I had thrown them at the target. This is the type of gun I could see myself running 5 cylinders through every time I go to the range to stay proficient with it and then putting it away although those first 50 rounds were fun.

    - The trigger is not as bad as I thought but not as good as it could be. It's loosened up a bit since I have been dry firing the snot out of it. Still haven't made my mind up as to whether there is a trigger job in it's future.


    - Would it be that hard for Smith to re-design the cylinder latch to a lower profile so that my thumb knuckle isn't bleeding
    from three spots when I am done shooting it?

    The verdict? One hell of a carry gun for 350.00 bucks. Not high capacity but light, amazingly concealable and more shootable then I would have gave it credit for. No buyers remorse here.
    I shot one of my buddies snubbies the other day, and it all came rushing back to me why I carry a semi-auto. Snubbies suck to shoot! ......... I know the big trend on DC these days are lovey dovey snubbies, but I will keep what I got. I love the simplicity and reliability, but that is where it ends. Enjoy, it's a great choice for many, but not me. I like my wheel guns big!
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    hard to beat a j-frame. i shoot my m60 at lease once a month.
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    Did you try any speed loads or were you just out to get use to shooting it?
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    I grew up shooting revolvers, so I love shooting wheel guns...especially snubbies. I have very thick hands and wrists, so recoil isn't an issue. I've swapped out my boot grips for old school S&W wood grips and I shoot it all day with +P rounds. I've put as many as 250 rounds through it in range session and just love it. It's somewhat of an acquired taste...I acquired my taste for them over a period of about 30 years. To me, revolvers are fun, have style, class, and character. Semi-autos are kind of boring to me. Keep practicing with it and ease into it and you'll acquire the taste for them also. They are so easy and versatile to carry you'll love it. Practice reloads with a speed loader too and you'll find after a little while that you can reload as fast as you can with a semi from last shot fired to next shot fired.
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    My favorite defensive ammo for my J frame (S & W 642) is Speer Gold Dot .38 special Short Barrel 135 gr +P JHP. It is by far the most accurate for me at the range compared to all other types I have tried.

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    You've just about convinced me to pull the proverbial trigger on a snubbie myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    You've just about convinced me to pull the proverbial trigger on a snubbie myself.
    Dude, you've gotta do it. Everyone needs a snubbie. The steel ones have a little better shootability because ofthe extra weight, but the airweights are so easy to carry you almost forget you have it. Solution...get at least one of each.
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    You will get used to it, and when you do, you may find it the one gun in your battery that you can't live without.

    Bugdude, I do agree on the point that semi autos are boring, unless we are talking the classics like the 1911, BHP, or PPK. But the plastic stuff is pretty much ho hum to me these days.
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    Cool!

    Glad you had a fun time

    How did dad shoot?

    I miss shooting with my dad.

    We have two snubs in the household.
    442 & Taurus 85.
    Both are stoked with GD Short Barrel 135 +p for SD.

    You shoot the dang thing better than I shoot one.
    Heck, my 16 y/o shoots it as well as I do.
    Kinda scary
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    I'm looking for an air weight or a J-frame. You all have made them sound great. I want one to pocket carry in a holster I can just grab and go. Thanks all for the good feedback on these fine guns.

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