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Old Today, 06:20   #1
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Colt series 70 .38 Super

I normally don't come on here to ask these kinds of "should I buy this" questions but here I am undecided about a Colt series 70 I ran across at a LGS.
I have been lusting for a minty older series 70 GM Colt (as opposed to the reissued ones).
I saw one yesterday at the shop and had to have a look.
It is minty! It is priced at $749! It is .38 Super though....
If it was a .45 I'd already have it in my safe!
I don't really want to get into a new caliber (for me) and I've heard the older Colts had poor accuracy due to head spacing on the semi-rim....
The condition of the gun and price make me want to jump though.

Also would it be as easy as a bbl. swap (and new mags) to make this a 9mm???
thanks for your help!
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the second caliber for Colt in this design...shooting Super .38ACP is fun and I prefer it to any caliber after the .45ACP in a 1911 pattern pistol (it shoots sweet in my SIG Sauer P220 too)...the ammunition can be a bit more expensive and tougher to find (made easier by the interwebz if you have none available near you...)

If the pistol is what you want and the price is right...getchuone...if not...wait for the one you really want because after the luster of the new purchase wears off...you'll still want the other...

mine's from 1933...

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A .38 Super for 749 sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Might be fun too.
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Wow that is one nice pistol Bill!


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the second caliber for colt in this design...shooting super .38acp is fun and i prefer it to any caliber after the .45acp in a 1911 pattern pistol (it shoots sweet in my sig sauer p220 too)...the ammunition can be a bit more expensive and tougher to find (made easier by the interwebz if you have none available near you...)

if the pistol is what you want and the price is right...getchuone...if not...wait for the one you really want because after the luster of the new purchase wears off...you'll still want the other...

Mine's from 1933...

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sweet!
I figure at that price I won't get hurt!
No box but 2 mags for $749 before tax.
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Do a little reading about the 38 super caliber and its history with lawmen..especially in the border lands and Southwest. Jump on this deal, it sounds like a good buy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.38_Super

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Do a little reading about the 38 super caliber and its history with lawmen..especially in the border lands and Southwest. Jump on this deal, it sounds like a good buy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.38_Super
Thanks
I am aware of its history and before the .357, it was the most potent pistol a cop could have then.

My 2 big issues with (and why I don't ALREADY own it) are;
1. getting into another caliber
2. the accuracy issue they are known to have (older models like this one).
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Does anyone sell 38 super loaded to its old armor piercing velocities or is it pretty much downloaded to race gun levels by now?
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Does anyone sell 38 super loaded to its old armor piercing velocities or is it pretty much downloaded to race gun levels by now?
here are some that are close
http://www.midwayusa.com/find?sortby...ensionid=15427
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If it's a Series 70 then it can't be that old - Series 70 started in 1970s. If it doesn't say Series 70 then, yes, it's that old.

For $750, I'd buy it in a heartbeat assuming that it's not beat to hell.
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Well if you snooze, you loose.
Went back to the shop and it's gone!
No more decisions on this!


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Well if you snooze, you loose.
Went back to the shop and it's gone!
No more decisions on this!


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Yep. It happened to me and a snubbie nickel plated SW M19. From then on, I never hesitated to buy a gun that I really want.
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