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Old 01-30-2015, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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My friend inherited a Colt new service 38 W.C.F. We were pretty excited about it until we realized its not what we thought, 38 special.

after doing some searching we've found that its pretty expensive to shoot this ammo. not sure if its because its not common or just that they dont make it anymore.

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Old 01-30-2015, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The gun should chamber regular .38 revolver ammunition. Check with a gun dealer or smith to be certain.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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38 WCF is weird. its not really .38. its more like a .40.

ive already tried inserting a .38 to see if it would fit, slips right though the cylinder.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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38 WCF is weird. its not really .38. its more like a .40.

ive already tried inserting a .38 to see if it would fit, slips right though the cylinder.
Well yeah, it's a .40 caliber chamber, so sure a .38 will drop right in. So will a .32 or a .22. But that's not what it was made for.

But hey, go ahead & shoot a .38 Special in it - if your goal is to blow the gun up and possibly taking part of your hand off with it.

Seriously man, you don't know what you are doing - and that is a very BAD thing when it comes to firearms. Get a professional gunsmith's advice & let him examine it before you do anything with that gun.
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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oh lord, here we go.

where in my posts did i say i wanted to shoot 38 out of it.

the point of that post was to explain to the user above that 38 wcf is NOT 38 sp, hence why i said i inserted 38sp into it and it slid right through. and yes, i can insert a bb and it sould slip right through. THATS CRAZY!

im 100% confident in what i am doing. ive already torn the gun down and cleaned and relubed it.
when the time comes, i will setup a mythbusters style shooting stand. *i hope you dont read too much into this either*
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Old 01-30-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Well, you did say you put a .38 in it, and a simple Google search would give you a better source for info about 38WCF.

Hope you can get some proper ammo & have fun shooting it.
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Old 01-30-2015, 03:30 PM
 
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My friend inherited a Colt new service 38 W.C.F. We were pretty excited about it until we realized its not what we thought, 38 special.

after doing some searching we've found that its pretty expensive to shoot this ammo. not sure if its because its not common or just that they dont make it anymore.

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Take your question here -

Colt Forum

It's a great Forum just for Colts, and the members there can tell you everything you'd ever want to know about history, care, year made, and use, of the old 'New Service' in .38-40.

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Old 01-30-2015, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I have a Bisley in 38-40, the chamber mouths are a bit tighter than bore diameter on the barrel, so I have to load a cast bullet with a moderate load of Unique to get decent accuracy. The New Service is a reasonably new and strong revolver, should shoot smokeless no problemo.

If you don't hand-load, you can probably find lead loaded Black Hills or similar.

If you do hand-load, for any revolver, try the fit of a cast bullet in the cylinder mouths. This Colt should have all cylinder mouths close to the same diameter, but check all of them, there are only 6. If a bullet can be dropped into the rear of the chamber and it falls through the mouth, it's too small and won't shoot worth a damn.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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