View Full Version : My newest Colt

06-20-2007, 05:18 AM
Here is a picture of my newest Colt.
A hard chromed Special Combat Government chambered in Super .38
500 rounds later with no failures from home cast 125gr truncated cone to 147 JHP and factory ball

06-20-2007, 03:47 PM
I have never owned a .38Super, and only remember shooting one once, as a kid. What do you think about the cartridge? (I know how you feel about the pistol, those groups speak for themselves. :-D ) I don't know anyone who shoots or even carries one, and though it's been around for quite a while, you never see much written about it any more. When I get curious about a cartridge, I can usually scare up something that shoots it so I can play with it, but this one is elusive. Barnes raved about it in COTW, especially as a small game cartridge, but I wonder about the slightly larger rim and feeding issues. Thoughts?

06-20-2007, 11:51 PM
I really like the Super .38. Some say it is not as good of a defensive round at the .45 ACP and I would agree somewhat.
I like it as a target round due to it's flat shooting and high velocity. I did manage an 8" 9 shot group at a 100 yards from a rest. I am sure it will do better than that.
Those groups were shot around 25 feet using my homecast 120gr truncated cone bullet (drops from the mold about 125gr) and Unique powder.
The Super .38 came about in 1929 as an improved .38 ACP.
At one time is developed more energy than any other autoloading round (that was a long time ago though).
I am in the process of a full review of this pistol for the m1911.org e-zine. I will be glad to post a link if yall are interested.
Thank you for the kind words.

07-05-2007, 02:54 AM
Here is the link to the review if any of yall are interested.

07-05-2007, 11:08 PM
Nice piece Hunter. Looks B-E-A-U-tiful. That's the one you were casting for the other night!!!!!!

07-09-2007, 03:33 AM
Ken that is the one. I have had great luck with the 120gr truncated cone swaged to .355" in the Super. They average about 126gr lubed and sized.
Thank you for the kind words.

07-15-2007, 09:18 AM
Hi Hunter,
When I seen your Colt pic,was thinking,"How does it shoot ?"
The next pic answered my question.....Outstanding !
Yep, got a Colt copy.A 45 SAA.
Seen a 3rd/4th generation Colt at the shop where I've bought my last 3-45 Colts
(Ruger,Uberti) from.Tag said "$1,800.00".This was June 1st.
My F.A. cost $1,233.00- about 9-10 years ago.
One of these days, gotta get a COLT !

07-21-2007, 03:35 AM
I would recommend at least a safe full of Colts to easy you consciences. I recently toured the Colt plant in Hartford Connecticut and there is a lot of experienced craftsman hand building Colts with old world methods that make the difference. There is something about the Rampant Pony and there is no substitute.