Crosman 38T.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Grips & tips
Part 4
Resealing the Crosman 38T revolver: Part 5
Part 6

History of airguns

This report covers:

  • The test
  • JSB Hades
  • Adjusted the rear sight
  • RWS Superdome
  • JSB Exact RS
  • RWS Meisterkugeln wadcutters
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today we shoot the .22-caliber Crosman 38T for accuracy. Everyone says the .22 is the most accurate of the two calibers, and today we’re going to see if that’s the case. Let’s get right to it.

The test

I shot the revolver from 10 meters off a sandbag rest. The airgun was rested directly on the bag. I shot 6-shot groups, since that’s what the revolver holds.

I used my reading glasses today. At 10 meters they show the pistol bull and the front sight well. And I used a 6 o’clock hold.

JSB Hades

The first pellet I tried was the JSB Hades hollowpoint. I thought they would load smoothly, but they didn’t. They flipped sideways in the loading trough and refused to drop out. I had to dig two of them out of the trough with a pocketknife.

The first pellet hit the target about a half-inch below the bull at 7 o’clock. I figured I would finish the group before adjusting the sights, so I fired the remaining five shots.

When I walked down to change the target I saw that this revolver doesn’t like Hades pellets that much. Six are in 1.735-inches at 10 meters. While the first shot hit low, the group is a little higher than that and one pellet was a perfect pinwheel.

Adjusted the rear sight

After this first group I adjusted the rear sight up a little. It doesn’t have clicks, so I watched the position of the screw slot to know how far I had gone.

38T Hades
The 38T shot JSB Hades pellets all over the place. Six of them are in  1.735-inches at 10 meters.

RWS Superdome

Next up was the RWS Superdome pellet. I had some difficulty loading these, as well. But they loaded easier than the Hades.

Sometimes they do very well in Crosman airguns and this was one of those times. Six pellets went into 0.998-inches at 10 meters.  This group was still a little low so afterward I adjusted the rear sight up even more than I had previously.

38T Superdome
Six RWS Superdome pellets gave the kind of 10-meter group I was hoping for. It measures 0.998-inches between centers.

JSB Exact RS

The next pellet I tried in the 38T was the .22-caliber JSB Exact RS dome. They loaded much easier than the first two pellets, though in the beginning a couple of them did cock sideways in the loading trough. Those had to be removed and tried again. Finally I gave up trying to load this revolver the way it is supposed to be loaded and I just pulled back the spring-loaded cover and dropped the pellet in the trough sideways. That worked much better.

Six RS pellets went into 1.591-inches at 10 meters. The group is high enough and well-centered on the bull. But it isn’t what I would call a good group.

38T RS
The Crosman 38T revolver put 6 JSB Exact RS domes into this 1.591-inch group at 10 meters.

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RWS Meisterkugeln wadcutters

The last pellet I tested was the RWS Meisterkugeln wadcutter. I loaded all of them sideways, just like the JSB Exact RS pellets. Six of them made a group measuring 1.632-inches between centers at 10 meters.

38T Meisterkugeln
Six RWS Meisterkugeln went into a 1.632-inch group at 10 meters.

Discussion

Well, I am surprised. So many folks said the .22 caliber 38T is the one that’s more accurate, but I haven’t seen that in this test. Superdomes did well and I suppose there could be other pellets I haven’t tried that could be better, but at this juncture I am underwhelmed. My .177 revolver is definitely more accurate than this one

What surprised me even more was the loading difficulty I encountered. I thought the larger pellet would load easier, but my .177 38T definitely loads easier.

One thing that I did note is that the sight adjustments all worked. The revolver is now sighted in.

Summary

We are not finished with the 38T series. I still want to test how rotating the barrel like 45Bravo told us about will affect the grouping of the pistol, and this .22 is probably the one to try. We also want to see what affect moving the mainspring tensioner has on velocity. So there is still more to come