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Old 09-29-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Stay 38 Super or get a 9x23 barrel too?

Looks like I'll be getting a Colt .38 Super Commander. I want to get a 9x19 barrel for cheap plinking and for my wife to shoot. I'd also like a 9x23 barrel gunsmith fitted for max accuracy and for defense/hunting...or should I just stick with Super?


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Old 09-30-2011, 12:33 AM   #2
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Before changing out the barrel, see what you have now.

The .38Super stock barrels are a little more accurate now that when they first came out.

I always allow for a good break-in period (even if I purchase used) before making any modifications. I have wasted too much of my hard earned money on mods that did not need to be done.
 
Old 09-30-2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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.38 Super barrels now headspace on the case mount (as does the .45 ACP), not the semi-rim as in the past. This has improved accuracy greatly.

Some .38 Super barrels will chamber 9x23. Check and see.

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Old 10-02-2011, 08:16 AM   #4
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At the top of this section is a sticky written in 2002 on the 9x23 caliber. "bad 9x23 advice?". This man has fired alot of 9x23 ammo in his life-- good advice. If you go with the ramped barrel you will have one of the best defense guns ever made.
My witness Match now carrys a
9mm barrel reamed to 9x23 Win., slight throughting, ramped & supported barrel. Seems going this way takes alot of deamons off the table.

Keep in mind that your 38Super should run 38Super/Comp which loaded to MAJOR is running like 1375fps which is faster than 357Sig ammo,
not bad for a 38S. Very flat shooting and accurate.

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Old 10-02-2011, 08:49 PM   #5
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The gun I'm buying is an '81. I don't know yet if it headspaces on the rim or case. Probably the rim.

I more than likely go to 9x23 and 9x19 so I can more easily switch.
 
Old 10-15-2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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Schuemann Barrels --- 32 Twist--- .355

If you haven't bought your barrel yet, check this web:Schuemann Barrels > Home

Their 32" twist bull barrels turn 1911's into stone cold tac-drivers!
 
Old 10-15-2011, 03:28 PM   #7
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I was just wondering about bull vs standard...I like the bull in my Defender.
 
Old 11-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #8
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S-Barrels makes a bull barrel, check them out
 
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