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.357/.38

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by redmistnmysight, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    Has anyone had a problem shooting .38 special in a .357?

    I ask because I went shooting last week. I went to the gun store and asked for .357 rounds, the clerk said all he had was .38 special but it will work fine out of my revolver. so i bought it and went shooting, i shot the last of my .357 and switched to .38 special and finished nearly the whole box and noticed while reloading that there was a hair line crack starting at the sleeve between the wheel and the barrel and running into the barrel about 1/4 in. I stopped firing that pistol. I have been told and have read that its fine to shoot .38 out of a .357, are there any exeptions to this? I have a taurus m617 snub. taurus has an excellent warranty so unless i abused the gun they will fix it. any thoughts? thanks.
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  2. A2theK

    A2theK Olympia Member

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    No, its fine to shoot .38 from .357.

    The CAS guys do it all the time. Send the gun in.
     
  3. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    That would be your forcing cone that cracked, this usually happens from heavy loads in a lighter built gun. I don't know how heavy the 617s are, but the K frame smiths are notorious for destroying forcing cones by running too much .357 through it.

    Have you been using a lot of high power stuff recently?

    The .38 shouldn't of caused this crack at all, and its perfectly safe to use. The only bad thing that happens is that there can be a lead ring buildup in the lip in the cylinder. This can cause some extraction issues when you use .357 with too much lead buildup.
     
  4. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    I havnt shot that gun for some time, i keep it in one of my rooms and needed to get some practice. I keep it clean and oiled. It has had a lot of .357 through it but nothing special, I keep the good stuff loaded, or did. It has a couple hundred rounds through it, i guess it had enough. seems kinda cheesy to quit out that early.
     
  5. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    You guys have been great, Im gonna send the gun in. Thanks.
     
  6. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    It may have just been a fluke gun, hopefully Taurus will fix it, just give them a call and tell them a crack appeared in the forcing cone, and maybe they will warranty it. Also definitely do not fire this gun, because much worse things can happen if your forcing cone opens up any more.
     
  7. JAFO

    JAFO OR, USA Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    When you get it back I'd suggest you try to stick to 158 gr for .357. The 125 gr was the main cause of top strap cutting and forcing cone erosion/cracking in the k-frames, from all I could gather. I think that's more like an L-frame but since you have already experienced this problem it would probably be best to be on the safe side.
     
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    fishnhunt Salem New Member

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    Have a gun smith take a look, I have a Taurus 357/38 also and it has what at first glance looks like a crack but is actuall a break down seam.
    Any way to put a pic on here?
     
  9. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    yeah, im at work but when i get home ill try to get a good pic of it. This pistol was a gift from my wife (knows what her man likes:D) so im a little bummed about it. but if tuarus fixes it no worries.
     
  10. solowars

    solowars Lake oswego New Member

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  11. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    You can destroy a S&W just as easy as any taurus, just ask anyone that runs a model 19 too hard. :D

    Some of the large frame taurus's are built as heavy as ruger super redhawks, and are far more comfortable to shoot. The main thing I don't like about taurus is the use of coil mainsprings (along with ruger)
     
  12. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    This is the only tuarus ive ever owned. so i couldnt say on the quality of the name, but it is a nice gun, and for a snub im very accurate with it. anybody an ffl that ships for cheap? Also, I really love this site. Everyone here is great.
     
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  14. solowars

    solowars Lake oswego New Member

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  15. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    you can ship back to the factory without an FFL

    It is easier to use a FFL but they will ship it back to the ffl you shipped it from. If you ship it yourself they will ship it back directly to you. For me I found that if I watned to ship it myself to taurus it was close to 60 through UPS. But when I called the gun shop I bought ti from they said they would mail it for me.

    Since they had an FFL they just dumped it in the mail and it cost less then 20 to ship to Taurus and taurus shipped it back adjusted and working flawlessly!

    (went through this earlier this year if that helps)

    Steven
     
  16. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    in the shipping instructions i read that they will only ship to an ffl, but this pistol was purchased in 04 so maybe things have changed. it would be terrific if they could ship to me, ill ask about it. how long was the wait? this has been very helpful, thanks.
     
  17. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Like I said I found it much easier and about 40 dollars cheaper to ship through an FFL. Mine shipped it for 20.00 not to bad. Go online to taurus and they have some online paperwork you can fill out and it might be more current shipping instructions.

    I sent it and had it back in just under 6 weeks. They were running about 4 weeks behind what they recieved before they were looking at pistols earlier this year.


    Steven
     
  18. redmistnmysight

    redmistnmysight ..... Member

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    right on, thanks steven. im going to ship UPS and go from there.
     
  19. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Also depending on if you bought the gun new from a local ffl, sometimes they are willing to ship it back to the manufacturer at their cost.