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.38 spl v .38 super Bullets

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by CaughtSteelin, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. CaughtSteelin

    CaughtSteelin Oregon Member

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    I found a good deal on bullets for .38 super.

    Question is: Can they be used for .38 special? I do not own a .38 super and do not plan on buying one. But own a .38 special.

    Thanks for any information!
     
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  2. Steel 13

    Steel 13 Auburn Member

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    no they cant, different case head entirely, no rim on them.
     
  3. CaughtSteelin

    CaughtSteelin Oregon Member

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    Thanks! I guess I will just have to wait the 4 week delivery...bummer.
     
  4. jib

    jib Central OR Active Member

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    Are we talking about bullets or cartridges here ?
    If reloading ? The 38 Super uses a .356" dia bullet and .38 spl. is .357" this may or may not be a problem, also the 38 super bullet does not have a cannelure or crimp groove.
     
  5. Steel 13

    Steel 13 Auburn Member

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    i guess I miss understood the question as well.
     
  6. CaughtSteelin

    CaughtSteelin Oregon Member

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    Talking about bullets.

    So using: .38 Super bullets fitting in a .38 Special case (cartridge/brass whatever you call it). Instead of using .38 special bullets.

    Does that make sense?
     
  7. jib

    jib Central OR Active Member

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    the smaller diameter bullet maybe to loose to make a tight seal to the cylinder mouths and barrel, causing poor performance in accuracy and velocity.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obturate
     
  8. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    I have looked at this for my onw realoding needa and I did not find anything that show it being ok.