View Full Version : Is there a 38 Special Carbine?

July 22, 2012, 11:40 PM
Does anyone have a 38 Special carbine on the market? That would make a nice small game/plinker rifle. I'm curious about a semi-auto 38. It would be used anywhere a 10/22 might be used.

I have a 6 cavity 158gr SWC mould, and it seems a waste only casting for one J frame with it. I realized that I can load 100 38 Specials for about one half the cost of the price of a 100 box of CCI Mini-Mags so this is a hole I should fill. A little semi auto 38 carbine ala M1 carbine would be sweet and very fun to shoot. What's available?

July 22, 2012, 11:50 PM
Only 38 Special carbine I ever saw was 40 years ago, Navy Arms had a "Yellow Boy" Winchester Model 66 copy.

July 23, 2012, 12:12 AM
That's going to be the only way to get wood and steel now that I think about it. In that case I have a fairly good selection then. Ok so 38/357 Lever owners chime in with your experiences with these rifles.

I see Puma 92 is only 16"...that's interesting. Are the new Marlin LA 38s any good or am I better off buying used?

July 23, 2012, 12:16 AM






July 23, 2012, 11:38 AM
Much obliged CK. I should've thought about the levers first. I think this should be a short barreled carbine ala 16". It would still beat the socks off of any pistol and still be very short and handy. It should be able to feed the 38 Specials though, because I have a couple thousand 38 Sp. brass and perhaps only 75 pieces or so of 357 brass for loading.

Will the Puma 92 feed 38s?

July 23, 2012, 11:48 AM
Marlin 1894C will feed .38 Specials, except for wadcutters (they are too short). SWC's don't feed very smooth, but RNFP's and JHP's do. If you want to shoot wadcutters, load them in .357 brass and they'll be fine.

The point of impact is quite a bit lower than with .357 Magnums, so you have to adjust the sights when switch back and forth.

July 23, 2012, 11:52 AM
I started a similar thread (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=472965) a while back,,,
Several members posted good links.

Here's one I found unique,,,
IMI TimberWolf (http://www.remtek.com/arms/imi/timber/index.htm).



July 23, 2012, 01:45 PM
there are a number of 38 special carbines but the only ones that come to mind are all bolt or lever actions.

July 23, 2012, 02:02 PM
There is also the H&R Handi-Rifle.


Here is mine wearing a Leupold Rifleman scope.

Click here please (http://hr1871.com/Firearms/Rifles/handiRifle.asp),,,
2nd rifle down the webpage.

A shooter whose skills outshine mine by a good amount put five .38 special rounds in a 2" circle at 100 yards.

It's a fun plinker and medium range hunting rifle,,,
With 125 grain .357 Mag HP's,,,
It vaporizes armadillos.

My only gripe is that it doesn't come with iron sights.



July 23, 2012, 04:43 PM
Ruger has the 77/357 bolt gun. It will shoot .38's, but mine likes the .357's better.

July 23, 2012, 04:55 PM
Will the Puma 92 feed 38s?
Most 1892's/clones will feed .38 LRN without a hitch. SWC's and other bullet shapes depend on the gun. Most do pretty good. Marlins feed .38's almost flawlessly.
The are some .38 spl only Winchester 1873 clones out there. The 1866 and 1873 designs use an elevator block for straight lifting and inline feeding and are highly regarded for reliability and smoothness/quickness.

Arizona Smithshooter
July 23, 2012, 05:06 PM
I just ordered a Rossi 16" in .38spl/.357mag from Gallery of Guns...hope to get it later this week.