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    1903 Pocket Hammer 38 ACP - how sweet it is!

    Had an opportunity to take my Christmas gift to the range today.

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    What a blast (literally)! My first experience with a 107 year old gun and it was awesome. Shot well considering the little fixed sights and the gun’s age. Here’s an example, 25 yards, bench supported:

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    I had one complete flier (bottom left corner). So, can’t wait for the next range visit! Jack
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    How is the bore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    How is the bore?
    This is my first experience with such an old gun so my initial perspective was poor (lands / groves are visible but with frosting/ pitting). However, a good friend (i.e., someone I respect and trust) who's got a lot more experience with older guns rated it a “B” which is evident in how it shot. I’m use to buying guns that have been shot little, some basically NIB. The Pocket Hammer certainly isn’t collector grade but I also didn’t spend collector money. Thanks for asking.
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    What ammo did you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebcussion View Post
    What ammo did you use?
    PCI 130 gr I purchased from Graf & Sons:

    https://www.grafs.com/catalog/product/productId/11948
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    Quote Originally Posted by sublimert70 View Post
    PCI 130 gr I purchased from Graf & Sons:

    https://www.grafs.com/catalog/product/productId/11948
    I've never shot any of those, but the Remington and Winchester loads are no slouch.
    I load my own and have a few loads that are basically .38 Super starting loads but with published MV less then the 1040 fps for the .38 ACP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenhwind View Post
    I've never shot any of those, but the Remington and Winchester loads are no slouch.
    I load my own and have a few loads that are basically .38 Super starting loads but with published MV less then the 1040 fps for the .38 ACP.
    Yup, I reload all my calibers so this one will be as well. Bought the ammo to get some cases that I’ll test with some Berry’s RN 115gr 0.356in that is listed in Hornady’s reloading manual. Will definitely load it a little lighter, 950-1000 fps. Thanks, Jack
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    Thanks guys.
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    Of all the early Colt "hammer" self-loaders I like the 1903 pocket hammer the best, (though a good stiff pocket would be required). Conjuring up a vision of a day out in a Velie or Jefferies open touring car on a rough dirt road with a (then new) Colt pocket hammer .38 "riding shotgun" slipped into a canvas duster pocket.
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    Yes I like the Pocket Hammer Colt's we have two. The first one we bought had issues so we traded up for the two we now have at a LGS, both have good bores, one has a really good bore. We also got to look at a Military Model as well as a Sporting Model they had.
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