Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #51  
Old 05-11-2017, 05:00 PM
Marine24 Marine24 is offline
US Veteran
S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help  
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: CO
Posts: 398
Likes: 8
Liked 257 Times in 99 Posts
Default

Thanks Sevens. Appreciate the feedback on the use of the spring. Wolff provided me with the dimensional specs, so I'll check that before ordering.

It is an interesting exercise. Bought this one on a whim, expecting I would sell it, but quickly becoming a keeper.
Reply With Quote
  #52  
Old 05-14-2017, 06:34 PM
dgludwig dgludwig is offline
Member
S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: North Central Ohio
Posts: 155
Likes: 4
Liked 27 Times in 18 Posts
Default

I'm a long time Bullseye competitor (for whom the model 52 was specifically developed for) and have found 2.9 grains of Bullseye, behind a 148 grain Speer HBWC bullet, to be the most accurate in my pistol over the many years I've owned and shot it. This pistol can be finicky and I've had way more "alibis" with it than any of my 1911 pistols at matches. But the trigger is so good and the pistol is so easy to shoot accurately, I put up with its occasional idiosyncrasies.

Concerning the bullet type, I did read one report years ago where the shooter/author reported the base of the hollow base wadcutter separating from the bullet and causing a potentially dangerous barrel obstruction. Something to look for, I guess.
Reply With Quote
  #53  
Old 05-14-2017, 07:50 PM
AJ AJ is offline
Member
S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help  
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Central East Coast of Flo
Posts: 670
Likes: 128
Liked 643 Times in 275 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dgludwig View Post
I'm a long time Bullseye competitor (for whom the model 52 was specifically developed for) and have found 2.9 grains of Bullseye, behind a 148 grain Speer HBWC bullet, to be the most accurate in my pistol over the many years I've owned and shot it. This pistol can be finicky and I've had way more "alibis" with it than any of my 1911 pistols at matches. But the trigger is so good and the pistol is so easy to shoot accurately, I put up with its occasional idiosyncrasies.

Concerning the bullet type, I did read one report years ago where the shooter/author reported the base of the hollow base wadcutter separating from the bullet and causing a potentially dangerous barrel obstruction. Something to look for, I guess.
I shoot an M1911 that has been modified to shoot .38 Special (the pistol was originally a 1958 .38 Super configured Colt M1911). I tried the 2.8 grains of Bullseye with a 148 grain HBWC and had numerous failures to feed. I upped the charge to 3.0 grains of Bullseye and it works as advertised. I understand I am not using a S&W 52, but I am saying try different loads to see what works in your pistol.
__________________
USMC 69-93
Reply With Quote
  #54  
Old 05-15-2017, 04:47 PM
dgludwig dgludwig is offline
Member
S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help  
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: North Central Ohio
Posts: 155
Likes: 4
Liked 27 Times in 18 Posts
Default

[QUOTE] I understand I am not using a S&W 52, but I am saying try different loads to see what works in your pistol.

I appreciate the advice, AJ, but I've been competing in Bullseye matches since the early sixties and I've tried many different loads in my Model 52 (and my 1911 pistols as well, of course) and the load I've settled on is the one that shoots most accurately in my pistol. In terms of function, a little more powder got a little better reliability but not enough better to compromise on the superb accuracy I get with 2.9 grains of Bullseye.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #55  
Old 05-15-2017, 07:40 PM
Jim Watson Jim Watson is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Florence, Alabama, USA
Posts: 1,232
Likes: 4
Liked 355 Times in 233 Posts
Default

I load wadcutters for M52 and revolver with Win 231 instead of the usual Bullseye, but velocity is still in the mid to low 700s. That has been the standard midrange load for a long time.

I would not hammer a target pistol with the "service wadcutters" now made by the boutique overload specialists like Buffalo Bore even if Maj Geo. C. Nonte did once recommend it for home defense by target shooters who had no better weapon.
Reply With Quote
  #56  
Old 06-03-2017, 05:45 PM
Marine24 Marine24 is offline
US Veteran
S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help  
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: CO
Posts: 398
Likes: 8
Liked 257 Times in 99 Posts
Default

Thank you for everyone's help. Recoil spring appears to have been the fix.

Swapped it with a factory weight spring from Wolf and runs like a champ with the Magtech ammo in all six magazines.

Did pretty well with the Doubletap ammo but one magazine didn't care for it on a couple of rounds.

Appreciate the support and ideas.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #57  
Old 06-04-2017, 12:30 AM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help S&W Model 52-1 - Need some help  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,622
Likes: 877
Liked 1,570 Times in 765 Posts
Default

Thanks for updating us!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tulsa Gunshow this Saturday: Model 63, Model 60, Model 351PD, Model 500 retiredsquid GUNS - For Sale or Trade 1 04-08-2010 04:29 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:39 AM.


S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)