wood chucker wrote:can I throw my 2¢ in here ?
The original .38 Super loading of 1929 was a 130 grain RN stepping out the muzzle at 1,300 fps. Pretty zippy and impressive by any standard,
Factory .38 Super ammo is was and has been loaded a bit lighter since shortly after it came out. In standard 1911A1's it's always run like a champ
Factory .38 Super fodder and similar hand loads have always been 100% dead nuts all day long reliable in my plain vanilla factory single stacks and all the other like ones I ever seen or heard of. I don't know exactly why it gets the reputation of the rim causing feeding problems.
IIRC the buzz about the rim started about the same time IPSC shooters were trying to make major power factor with it. Maybe it was the bullet shapes for the weights they were using. Maybe it was the tightened up custom guns. Maybe it was that they were seating the bullets as far out as they could to reduce pressure spikes. Maybe it was the recoil springs, the double stack mags, the magazine springs or muzzle compensators they were using. Maybe it was a combination of all the above.
So where am I going with this ? The .38 Super (and it's ballistic twins .38 Super Comp and 9x21 ) makes a good hard hitting, flat shooting general purpose and trail round. If that sort of thing appeals to you, you got options on how to "get there from here".
I agree, I have never had a problem with my 2 Super .38s, mag problems maybe, but with a good mag both my guns
rock and roll all day long. Only mag that gave me a problem was a MecGar. Got a new one, and no problem.
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