S&W Model 38

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    S&W Model 38

    I just got a new/used back-up gun. It's a S&W model-38 airweight manufactured in 1981. The gun is nickle plated and in 99% condition. I purchased it for $175, did I do good? Any info on the S&W would be great..such as what the best load for it and a good IWB holster recommedation...Thanks this is my first S&W J-frame.
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    you did FANTASTIC!!

    if you don't believe me put it in a box and ship it too me!


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    For a carry load, I would recommend the Buffalo Bore standard pressure 158 grain LSWC/HP, part #20C/20.

    No +P loads for this airweight Smith, please.

    And the price you paid was a steal!


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    Thanks for the load advice, captain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B52 View Post
    Thanks for the load advice, captain!
    You're welcome.

    You also asked about IWB holsters. I've used the H715 by Don Hume Leathergoods.

    It served the purpose quite well, IMO.

    Hope this helps.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    +1 to Buffalo Bore 158gr. LSWCHP that are NON+P.

    Great purchase!

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    You did good! Bought a M38 (blued) in 1970. Probably carried it more than all my other guns combined. Funny thing, back then there wasn't any decent 38 sp. factory SD loads and since it wasn't rated for hot loads, I down loaded below max (reversed HBWCs or 158 gr. swc or lhp) for it and shot who knows how many rds over the years through it. The loads were based on 1968 reloading manuals. Now those loads are considered over +p. Chronographed 5 old loads vs 5 new Rem 158lhp recently and the old loads were faster?? Oh well, the old gun is still tight, perfect timing, and still reliable. Good advice on BB load.

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