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Old 02-06-2015, 01:51 PM
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I'm thinking of a new to me revolver in 38 special K frame for bowling pin & steel challenge. The 681 is serving me well but I'm thinking, if all I use are 38's, why use a 357 chambering, & going down to a k frame/lighter wt may improve times. I'm thinking of a pinned mdl 10 heavy bbl, I like the target hammer & trigger and think the 3" bbl would have better resale, without losing much accuracy (if any) at 10-25 yards. any thoughts/ opinions/ app cost/ where to buy one/ alternate choices/ etc, would be appreciated.
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For whatever reason 3" Model 64's are easier to find than 3" Model 10's, either one would be well suited for pin shooting. Personally I would not consider an unpinned barrel to be a deal breaker, I have a variety of K frames in both configurations and there isn't a dimes worth of difference between them. My unpinned 4" 64 Heavy Barrel is the best of the bunch, with handloads it routinely shoots out the X ring with ease.
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I think it depends on how much power (and therefore recoil) you have with your bowling pin loads. The 681 and full lug barrel will rise less with heavier loads than a 3" model 10, but do you really need an excuse to buy another gun to test your hypothesis?

I agree 3" model 64s tend to be on sale more often. Most of the 3" bull barrel model 10s I've seen were -8s, and these spanned the change from pinned to unpinned barrels. Please let us know what you find.
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Nope, don't need to, just in the daydreaming stage right now. Would the target trigger be any smoother/lighter than the standard trigger? I normally shoot both s.c. and b.p. double action, & am thinking of shooting b.p.'s single action. With a bit of a wonky left thumb, from a surgery, hence the idea of a target hammer spur might be easier for me.
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A model 10/64 sounds like what you are looking for. I'd be more inclined to a 4" barrel for shooting pins though. We just had a bowling pin shoot back in December and I entered with my model 15.
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. . . Would the target trigger be any smoother/lighter than the standard trigger? . . .
I find the smooth "combat" trigger to be ideal for rapid double action shooting . . . easier on my finger than the standard grooved trigger . . . and the .500" "target" trigger best for single action. Just my personal preference.

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About the serrated trigger & the 4" bbl. I thought the 3" version/pinned bbl and lower dash #'s may have better resale value for the old lady, when my time comes. I can shoot s.c. fast in double action with the 681 with the combat trigger, and go to a heavier bullet in 38 spec in the mdl 10 for b.p's.
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I don't think the target trigger configuration makes any difference to how light or smooth the action will be. The internals, as I understand it, are the same.

Personally I prefer the "combat" trigger. In fact I've had any grooved triggers on guns I've bought ground smooth and radiused by a smith. Just a lot more comfortable for me to shoot, but I'm not a pin or target shooter.
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Another K Frame .38 option would be a 15-5 or -6 Combat Masterpiece. These were available for a time with a 4" version of the K-38 Heavy Masterpiece barrel profile (straight wall wide rib vs tapered barrel narrow rib of standard Model 15s). There have been several listed on GB lately in the $400-500 area. I have a 4" 14-3 and love it.
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For 10-25 yards, I'd use a 5" or 6" barrel. The 3" is accurate enough, but difficult to shoot fast, especially at targets the size of bowling pins. I do love the 3" model 10, and hope to buy one soon.
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What about a 67? One of those should do the trick! I have a no dash. Good shooters all day long. Bob
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Good advice & alternatives greatly appreciated. Since it is not a must have, & need to explain why to the wife, an "investment" with a greater chance for making money on the eventual resale is a big part of the choice.
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Are you sure that .38 special will have the power to take pins off the table?
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Are you sure that .38 special will have the power to take pins off the table?
I've done it with 158 gr +P.
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SURE, like any other with a good hit. I've seen 45acp's & 41 mags just wobble them. but I plan on going up from 148 gr dewc's, after I use them up to 170 gr cast flat points @ +/- 750-800 fps with bullseye, unique, or titegroup. That should be better.
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