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38 vs 357

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by tminus, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. tminus

    tminus Member

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    Ok so Ive been told that the 38 shell can be fired through the 357? Is this only in a revolver? Are their any other calibers that can be swapped like this?
     
  2. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    .38 special can be fired in a .357 magnum chamber
    .357 magnum cannot be fired in a .38 special chamber
     
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  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    some people are shooting...

    40S&W in a 10mm chamber

    45LC in a .410 (or vice-versa)

    45ACP in a 45LC w/moon clips
     
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  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A Coonan semi auto pistol fires .357 magnums and with a special recoil spring it can fire .38 specials.
     
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Yep.
     
  6. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Just confirming what others above have already said - I have a Ruger SP101 chambered in .357mag - my wife routinely shoots .38 special with no issues. Just be aware, if you purchase a revolver, make sure it's chambered in .357mag, then you're good to go.
     
  7. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I have a slingshot that will shoot anything up to the size of a nickel, albeit the farther from round you go the screwier the trajectory. Ok, I strayed a little.
     
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  8. tminus

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  9. tminus

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    Thats funny.
     
  10. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Are there any other simi autos that fire .357mags other then a DE and the one mentioned above?
     
  11. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  12. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes, a .357 Sig. The .357 Sig is basically a necked down .40 cal that was designed by Sig specifically for a semi auto pistol while a .357 mag is an extended case .38 special with more powder and more power for a revolver. They ARE NOT interchangeable.
     
  13. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I meant it was one way or the other, not both ways. ;)
     
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  14. SHPD_Retired

    SHPD_Retired Saint Helens Well-Known Member

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    When I carried a 357 magnum on duty we always qualified with 38 special ammo. I guess it is a bit cheaper and it did allow us to actually hit the target. Loved my Colt Python I had.
     
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  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Nope
    yep what tits said
     
  16. Crohnos01

    Crohnos01 Washington Active Member

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    One thing to note, while shooting 38 special in a 357 is common, if you do it all the time, you will build up a a ring of carbon inside the cylinder at the case mouth area of the 38 special which unless you clean frequently will hinder being able to chamber a 357 cartridge.... not that I have ever had that happen :rolleyes:
     
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  17. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    .327 federal magnum. Shoots like five different cartridges.
     
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  18. kilimanjaro

    kilimanjaro Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Lest we forget, the .44 Special can be used in the .44 Magnum revolvers.

    The important thing to remember, is you can always use the older, less powerful, cartridge in the chamber made for the new, powerful, cartridge. YOU CAN'T EVER, EVER, EVER, reverse the concept. Unless your pistol is made for the powerful load, you're going to end up missing a piece of your body or even killing yourself or a bystander, let along destroying the weapon.
     
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  19. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    blowup.jpg
     
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  20. tminus

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    Damn is that a 357 in a 38, or maybe the cylinder isn't lined up correctly? What would cause that destruction?