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.357s & .38s

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by inheritor, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. inheritor

    inheritor burlington illinois Member

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    heard a rumor that you can shoot a .38 out of a .357 and visa versa is this true it sounds a little far fetched to me so i thought i would ask the nwfa members to see :)
     
  2. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    You can shoot 38's out of a 357 but you can's shoot 357 out of a 38 special
     
  3. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    You can shoot 38spec out of a 357mag gun.
    You CANNOT shoot 357mag out of a 38spec gun
     
  4. toys

    toys PDX Member

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    lets put it this way, you can TRY to shoot 357s out of a 38, but you wont like the outcome.
     
  5. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Not really. Typically .357 magnum won't even fit in a .38 special. That's one of the reasons it has a longer case.
     
  6. inheritor

    inheritor burlington illinois Member

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    thanks i didnt really think it was all true interesting to know .357s are muti-purposed though
     
  7. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    And .44mag (44 Special), 45-90/45-110/45-70, 45LC/.410Gauge, 12Gauge, etc.
     
  8. rodell

    rodell Newcastle, WA Active Member

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    I suggest you do not shoot 45-70 in a 45-110 unless you plan to "get the lead out" after every shot! (I don't think you'll hit much you aim at, either!) It will go bang, but, that's about it.

    Here's a link to Remington's interchangeability chart at Sportsman's Guide:

    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/resource/remington_charts/balinfo2.HTM

    Bob
     
  9. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a Remington ammo catalog at Cabelas, gave it me free of cost. In the back, after all the ballistics charts for nearly every round/load you can think of, there is an interchangeability chart.... tells you what chambers will handle what rounds, what interchanges one way and not the other, that sort of thing. .38 will definitely fire just fine in a gun chambered for .357 (though I'm not sure a lever action will properly feed a .38 when chambered for .357...) but .357 CANNOT be used in a .38. Most .38 revolvers will simply not hold the longer cartridge .357, the cylinder is too short and they stick out the end.
    that chart is a real handy bit to have.
     
  10. inheritor

    inheritor burlington illinois Member

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    thanks for the info and the links.its really nice to be on a site where personal attacks in threads are nonexistant.people can ask for advice without a bunch of bickering going on.P.S. sorry for getting off subject
     
  11. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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