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Old 07-16-2005, 03:24 AM   #1
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Whats The Best Super .38 Mags On The Market?

Hello,

Which Super .38 Mags have you folks found to be the Best & Most Reliable, and do you prefer a Flat or Round Follower for this Caliber?

Many Thanks,
The Sockman
 
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Old 07-16-2005, 04:25 AM   #2
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hello,
1. Wilson- still available through brownells
2. Metalform.
enjoy,
Dan
 
Old 07-16-2005, 07:34 AM   #3
 
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I have found the CMC mags to be better & easier to load than the Wilsons.

Best.

Ray
 
 
Old 07-17-2005, 09:00 AM   #4
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Hello & Thanks for the replies,

Dan, are you useing the Metalforms with a Flat or Round follower?

Ray, if I'm not mistaken Metalform supplies CMC, does the CMC mags you speak of have a Flat or Round follower?

Thanks Again,
The Sockman
 
Old 07-17-2005, 09:22 AM   #5
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Sockman,
I use the flat followers.

enjoy,
Dan
 
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Ditto what Dan just said. I use the flat followers.
 
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There is no Utopia - I've some CMC and some Wilson for 9X23

I like the feel of the Wilson and the plastic follower seems like a good idea and also a point of wear - who really knows? It certainly takes a knack to load them but with the knack I have no complaints - I gather folks will leave the Wilson's loaded to deliberately fatigue the spring in the interests of easier loading for a full 10 cartridges.

The CMC are easier to find and work as well but don't feel quite so solid to me. I've always supposed JMB put a dimple on the flat follower for a reason though I've used rounded up sit high followers in bullseye guns (in .45).

I've long thought the quality of manufacturing is there but the quality of engineering could be improved maybe it would take some high speed x-ray cameras to see what could be changed and that would overdose any shooter with radiation so everybody is guessing and hoping?

Still there haven't been any new improved for a while? but there is one new improved in the pipe line that I gather will at least start in .45 but we'll see about other cartridges.
 
Old 07-28-2005, 06:11 PM   #8
 
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I have mags Jim Garthwaite provided to me. He's fond of Metalform stainless steel bodies, and Wilson internals, with Pachmayr rubber pads. I've tried other followers from Metalform:

1. The orange 10 rd mag follower that looks like Wilson's - works ok, but won't hold 10 for me as advertised.
2. Metalform flat follower - wasn't too fond of, works, but i think it only worked well with 8 rds.
3. Metalform round follower - works well, 9 rds. I like this one the best of the 3 from Metalform.

I can't fit 10 rounds into anything I've used so far and seat the mag in the gun with the slide closed. I'm happy with 9 rds.
 
Old 07-28-2005, 09:00 PM   #9
 
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Notice I'm talking 9X23 - I get 10 in Wilson and CMC

My genuine Colt and so marked as .38 Super with the flat, dimpled follower would certainly be my choice for a range gun. They do have an M on them as well so I suppose that's the maker.

As time passes I am more and more inclined to apreciate the experiences I read from 1911Tuner on Highroad (he's been known to post here under his real name as well). This leads me to believe that there are very real costs and risks with the 10 round magazines, or any extended capacity magazines - I just might qualify my expanded capacity magazines but use factory standard capacity everywhere I can in the future. I'd do that in hopes of avoiding wear and tear on the extractor from the occasional push feed or what have you.

This is not a knock on Wilsons or CMC - they do work well for me with the extra capacity and all and have a quality feel to them. I still wonder about the engineering and the trial and error behind follower design though. I did use a round sit up high follower for 5 shot strings in wadcutter guns.

I've gone from believing only the stock design worked - preferably two-tone and having that opinion confirmed in talks to folks far more experienced than I am to believing all the premium magazines were the answer to everything and now suppose the premium extra capacity magazines are good in their place - when qualified to the pistol - but not for everything.
 
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.38 super magazines

I use MECGAR magazines in my colt. TopGunSupply has them at a reasonable price.
 
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