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Old 12-16-2010, 03:33 PM
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What do you guys think? Its a 357/38 that I just purchased with a 6" bull barrel, trigger shoe, adjustable target rib/rail and target grip. I just purchased a box of 357 and a box of 38 to try through it. Another forum told me not to shoot a lot of 357 through it but I plan on mostly shooting 38 for target but I still wouldn't mind shooting the occaisional 357 through it since it is a 357 magnum after all. Can anyone tell me any additional information about this gun. I have heard great things about your forum.

My main concern is if it is ok to shoot just factory 357 loads and possibly reloads out of it with no problem. If hot loads are an issue I will stick to factory I just want to be sure as it looks like it was designed for target practice but that is what I want it for. Here is a pic of it. It appears to be a very solid well built revolver and I don't see why there would be any issue as to what I feed it (including magnum loads) I just figure I would ask the experts here. Thanks a lot for any information.

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Old 12-16-2010, 03:59 PM
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The M-13 came from the factory with either a 3" bbl and round butt gripframe, or 4" bbl and square butt gripframe, so yours has obviuously been modified for action shooting.

It is a K frame. Some will tell you that full power loads won't hurt a K frame, but far too many guys have had trouble with them using the hot 125 grain loads for it to not be at least partially true. I have seen cracked barrel shanks at the forcing cone, so I know it does happen.

If you stick with the 140/158 grain .357 rounds, you probably won't ever see a problem, and firing a few 125's now and them won't hurt it either. Just don't feed it a steady diet of them.

You'll have years of fun with it using .38's as your mainstay loads.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:24 PM
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The box i have is 125 grain but if that is the case i will shoot these off and then get heavier grain loads in mostly 38. It is a relatively new pistol and is in good condition as you can see. I just wanted to make sure a box of 357 loads wasn't going to hurt it so thats good to hear.

Its steady diet will be 38 target loads with the occasional 357 as I don't want to wear it out but yeah thank you very much.
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The stocks look like its set up for bullseye type shooting. I doubt that a speed loader will fit.
What make is the sight rib? The whole thing looks European to me.
Trigger shoe would also rule out any fast DA shooting.
I use a M-65 thats been drilled and tapped for a scope for Bullseye.
You should be able to drive tacks with wadcutter ammunition.
If your hand does not fit the stocks I'm fairly sure they are worth good money to the right person.
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That configuration is definitely a Bulls-eye, single action set up. I would load some 2.8 gr of Bullseye HBWC loads and see if it will cut cloverleafs in the X Ring. I agree it looks very European in set up. I have never seen a similar equipped pistol. Will be curious to hear how it shoots. The grips look very similar to some Vitarbo grips I have on a High Standard Victor.
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It is from Quebec (I am from Ontario). I purchased it from a gentleman who built it for target shooting shot a couple hundred target loads out of it and put it away. It also has a hogue grip on it which I am gonna probably put on it for shooting even though the wood fits ok.

I will probably shoot it this weekend and I will let you guys know how it does. Thanks for the advice.
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The grips on the gun look like Morini grips for use in International centerfire.
Grips for NRA bullseye would allow you to cock the hammer while shooting one handed. Your thumb would not reach over the grips overhang to cock the hammer in rapid fire.
In International centerfire (dueling) you have 7 seconds to lower the revolver, and cock the hammer back with the non-shooting hand and get back into position for the next shot. Then the target faces for 3 seconds and you raise the pistol and fire before it turns away. 2 strings of 5 shots, and then you score.....much fun!
Use a load suitable for a model 52 and you will be amazed.
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