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Old November 11th, 2018, 05:36 PM #11
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Break in with be with typical 38 spl 158 grain semi wadcutters.


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Old November 11th, 2018, 05:59 PM #12
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Break in with be with typical 38 spl 158 grain semi wadcutters.


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Old November 14th, 2018, 04:47 PM #13
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I always “broke in” magnum revolvers with hot jacketed bullets to burnish and smooth the bore. To be honest, either way works.
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What exactly are you Breaking In on a revolver ?

A severely rough bore or rough forcing cone have specific remedies . A box or two a jacketed to start couldn't hurt, but probably is mostly a mental exercise.

Mate in the lockwork surfaces for smoother DA trigger pull ? Has to do with the number of cycles, not what is fired, if anything . A set of snap caps, and lots of dryfire .
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Old November 15th, 2018, 08:50 AM #15
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1st go to the manuals then work up your load. Break in a revolver???
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Old November 15th, 2018, 09:06 AM #16
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One of the objectives when breaking in a firearm is to insure reliability. This is true for any firearm that you plan to use for defensive or hunting purposes. The .44 revolvers that I carry in bear country get just as much break in as the M&P40c I carry on my hip or the S&W .45 Colt Mountain Gun which sits in the bed stand.

If you have never experienced a failure to fire in a pistol, rifle, shotgun or revolver, you are pretty lucky or haven't shot much. Revolvers have been known for ejection rods unscrewing and locking up the gun, too tight headspace, with some cases, that will lock up the cylinder and for swarf under the cover plate that has locked up the action.

In my opinion, every firearm you own should go through a break in period to insure it is reliable before using it for it's intended purpose. It's just basic common sense.
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Ah ! Semantics !

Bottomfeeders break in .
Revolvers do their reliability verification .


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No , I'm not claiming Revolvers are inherently infallible . But ( not as often as in years past, but more than zeri ) Semi's can heal themselves by shooting a certain amount of rounds , breaking in , in the literal sense .

Revolver ills are not self correcting for the most part . You seek to discover baseline issues to recieve corrective treatment .

( The primary sort of exception I mentioned above , might be trigger pull . A semi- rough trigger pull will still reliably go bang , it will just gradually get smoother with use .)
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[QUOTE=Biggfoot44;5387969]Ah ! Semantics !

Bottomfeeders break in .
Revolvers do their reliability verification .

Now you went and done it, another revolver vs auto war.
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You don't want hot 357 for a defensive load, the blast, noise and recoil are crazy, in a dark interior room it's basically like tossing a flash bang a couple feet in front of your face with a single bullet headed twards the threat. You are much better off with a moderate load with a heavy quality expanding bullet, like a gold dot. Despite trucking along fast for a handgun, there still isn't shock anywhere near the level of a rifle cal, and fragmentation just makes the load unpredictable, stick with a tough, conventional expanding bullet at a velocity it was designed to work with. Of course for showing off, hunting or fun, pick up some Underwood loads, probably the best commercial "hot loads" for the money. Should also work with speedloaders and running the gun on multiple targets. A lot of people get steered twards wheelguns for a defensive gun BECAUSE they want something easy and simple, but running one well is neither. Loading, unloading, clearing jams(yes they do jam, made worse with hot loads) and dealing with low capacity makes them a little more specialized, and it takes a special skill set to be proficient with one.
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While the .357 Magnum is an effective round...I would argue that two fast shots on target with an effective .38 Special is better than one loud blast with a .357 that you either have to take time to pull out of recoil for a follow-up or have to pick up after you drop it and grab your ears in pain. Of course that can change depending of you're indoors or out. Indoors even a .22 can be ear shattering if you're not prepared.

It's kinda like the difference between a 9mm and a 10mm pistol. Both can be highly effective but depending on training and environment one might be harder to deal with.
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