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I was able to purchase these two 14s last week. I have loaded some HBWC, DEWC, and some LSWC to shoot at the range tomorrow.
#1 is a 14-2 and #2 is a 14-3. They didn’t come with boxes, however, both are in great condition. I have had a little experience with the Model 14, as my Dad was issued one by the Modesto Police Department in the 1970s. He quickly went to a Browning Hi Power, which I can’t blame him there.
Anyway, I look forward to a long and healthy relationship with these two. I hope they like wadcutters and Bullseye powder! Range Report to follow, if interested.
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Nice score on a pair of fine revolvers. Please do let us know how they function for you and I'll bet you wont be disappointed. Congrats and enjoy!:cool:
 

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Hey Sun,

Wow! Great looking M-14's!

Later, Mark
 
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I bet you were smiling the whole trip home. Those are a nice looking pair. I have a K38 and a Model 14-3 and they love wadcutters.

 

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very nice ! outstanding stress reduction choices in todays world. :cool:


im a fan of the K38 Masterpiece and 148 GR full wadcutters. I also have 2 - a 1948 K38 and a 1965 M14-2

the model 14 gets most of the range time.. but the old K38 can hold its own..
 

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Welcome to the forum. Well (you've been registered 9 years), welcome to posting to the forum. We always enjoy range reports.

I can't imaging carrying such a long barrel as a duty firearm, but the agency must have had their reasons. The Hi-Power would be considerably more comfortable to carry and the capacity safer for the officer.

Did you swap off the diamond grips to preserve them?
 

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Welcome to the forum. Well (you've been registered 9 years), welcome to posting to the forum. We always enjoy range reports.

I can't imaging carrying such a long barrel as a duty firearm, but the agency must have had their reasons. The Hi-Power would be considerably more comfortable to carry and the capacity safer for the officer.

Did you swap off the diamond grips to preserve them?
I took the diamond grips off, partly to preserve them. I had an extra set of the larger grips and prefer them. I can’t wait to shoot them today!
 

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WOW! Some guys have all the luck! Very nice indeed!
 

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Outstanding pair! I,too,noticed the stock change. I like the larger stocks,also. They just seem steadier for me. I would still have a grin on my face if I’d picked up those two! Hank
 

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Wow two Model 14's, in one week! An outstanding week, and great way to start posting, Welcome to a great forum.
The 14 is an underappreciated gun with many of today's shooters, maybe because it's not plastic, or semi-auto, or a 357 magnum, I dont know, but it is a wonderful target gun.
I own a 14-3 with the 8 3/8 inch barrel, and it's an unusual day if I go to the range with out it. My favorite pistol, buy a huge margin.
The long barrel, on mine makes if a little awkward, for a holster, but other than that, no complaints. I would like to buy a 6 inch version if the right gun crossed my path.

Your 14 will like Bullseye and wadcutters just fine, as the 14 and wadcutters were a match made in Heaven.
I prefer the semiwadcutter, in my 38's. This goes back to my early days with a Ruger Black Hawk, and the semi wadcutter being easier to load through the loading gate.
At short distances.... Say out to twenty yards the wadcutter is usually dead even with the semiwadcutter, but as the distance increases the semi will do a bit better.
The Lyman 358 / 477 is what I use, and a medium charge of bullseye, in the 800 feet per second range, has worked well for me.
Bullseye shooters in the past used 2.8 - 3 grs of bullseye, and the full wadcutter, with great success for many years.
Enjoy your new guns in good heath!
BES
 

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I have a model 14 that I picked up with a damaged barrel. Foun a NOS 8 3/8” barrel and had it installed by Master Gunsmith Jim Kelly. He recut the forcing cone the way he likes and installed with a .004 cylinder gap. After tweaking the action, he delivered me the most accurate S&W I own. It will shoot HBWC’s in one ragged hole at 25 yards with right man on the trigger. Not sure why, but the model 14’s seem to really like 148gr wadcutters
 

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WOW! Some guys have all the luck! Very nice indeed!
I am certainly lucky to have found these two. I had been watching them for over a month and no one purchased them. There were some other Smiths from this huge estate collection, but I am partial to the 14s. I worked two extra days of overtime to pay for them. Needless to say, my wife wasn’t happy when I bought them. She is okay with it now! 😊
 

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Outstanding pair! I,too,noticed the stock change. I like the larger stocks,also. They just seem steadier for me. I would still have a grin on my face if I’d picked up those two! Hank
Yes Sir! I am still grinning!!!
 

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Congrats on a great pair. They look in great shape to.
The best part of these M14 Masterpiece revolvers is, the more you shoot them, the better they get.
These are mine,
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I was able to purchase these two 14s last week. I have loaded some HBWC, DEWC, and some LSWC to shoot at the range tomorrow.
#1 is a 14-2 and #2 is a 14-3. They didn’t come with boxes, however, both are in great condition. I have had a little experience with the Model 14, as my Dad was issued one by the Modesto Police Department in the 1970s. He quickly went to a Browning Hi Power, which I can’t blame him there.
Anyway, I look forward to a long and healthy relationship with these two. I hope they like wadcutters and Bullseye powder! Range Report to follow, if interested. View attachment 467129 View attachment 467129 View attachment 467130 View attachment 467130
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