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GUNS Magazine January 2013 Digital Edition - Page 36
QueSTiOnS and anSWerS JEFF JOHN Got a burning question to ask the editor? Contact him at: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal at: GUNS Q&A, 12345 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128. Due to the volume of mail received, GUNS cannot offer a personal reply. 1911 .38 speCial Q: In your September issue, I found John Taffin’s “Campfire Tales” on Jim Clark quite fascinating; more especially, converting the .38 Super to a .38 Special (if my memory serves me). If I indeed do have my facts correct, is this conversion to be performed by an extraordinary gunsmith or one with reasonably good talents? In other words, would it be an expensive or difficult task to have performed? GUNS is a great magazine and second to none. Glenn Siciliano via e-mail less recoil than the .45 are the Premium Bullseye 1911 in 9mm or .38 Super for the same price as a .45. In addition, the 5-shot .38 Special magazines are pricey and difficult to acquire. Clark Custom Guns, Inc., 336 Shootout Ln., Princeton, LA 71067 (318) 949-9884 www.gunsmagazine.com/ clark-custom-guns-inc Fast twist .22-250 I’ve noticed several loading Q: manuals show loads for 70- to 75-grain bullets in the .22-250. Most rifles in this caliber have a twist rate of 1:14". Will this slow twist stabilize 70or 75-grain bullets? Dan Bastion via e-mail No, the 1:14" or 1:12" twist won’t A: stabilize heavy .223" bullets. Most .22-250 rifles are meant for varmint The market for pistols shooting the .38 Special flush-mouth A: wadcutter bullet has almost vanished, since super accurate 9mm, .38 Super and .45 ACP pistols are now possible. Clark Custom still offers the 1911 PB-38 .38 Special Premium Bullseye but it is pricey and about twice what the firm’s .45 ACP Premium Bullseye costs. Clark will still build one if they can’t talk you out it, and better options for shooting, yet if you look at the ballistics in the manual, the heavy bullet load would make a great, mild recoiling long-range target round if you had a .22-250 rebarreled with 1:7" or 1:8" twist barrel. One factory rifle, with a compromise twist of 1:9", which should allow you to shoot both varmint weight and heavier bullets, is available in the Savage Model 12 VLP DBM. Savage Arms 100 Springdale Rd. Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 568-7001 www.gunsmagazine.com/savage-arms Clark Custom still builds a 1911 in .38 Special, but developments in accurizing 9mm Luger, .38 Super and .45 ACP have progressed so far the 1911 in .38 Special is now obsolete. Photo: Clark Custom ® MSRP: $675 Visit Our Website For Other Available Models ameriCaNhaNdGuNNer.Com 36 See US Online • Hawk Polished is a commander size 1911 with a high grade polished blue ﬁnish on the sides of the gun. Top and underside of the gun are in a matte ﬁnish, which is a great contrast to the polished sides • Novak® style LoMount rear sight with dovetail front sight • Lowered & ﬂared ejection port • Finger relief cut near trigger • Front and rear angled serrations • 3 hole trigger & skeleton hammer • Double border, double diamond Rosewood grips with logo • Government and Ofﬁcer models also come in polished ﬁnish Hawk Polished 45acp 321-636-3377 www.iverjohnsonarms.com Guns available through Zanders, Big Rock Sports, Hicks and dealer direct. W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • JA N UA RY 2 0 1 3