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.38 vs .38 Special

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by AJC3708, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. AJC3708

    AJC3708 Roseburg, OR New Member

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    Ok so this caliber is a mystery to me I just learned that that I can shoot .38 special through a .357 Mag so here's my question, What is the difference between .38 and .38 special.
     
  2. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    Are you talking about .38S&W? They are a shorter case than the .38 Special and I have never attempted to fire them through a .357 mag. I own a S&W that was my grandfathers in the Air Force pre-WWII. The ammo is expensive and generally a 200 grain lead slug was(and still is) used, I believe. The goal with that round was "slow and heavy", which doesn't work as well as they hoped. Kip.
     
  3. AJC3708

    AJC3708 Roseburg, OR New Member

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    Thanks. I believe from the internet searching I have done is that there are very few .38S&W guns being used for target practice.
     
  4. ArgyleAdams

    ArgyleAdams Portland, OR Active Member

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    The ".38" in .38 special refers to the case diameter, strangely enough. The bullet has a diameter of .357, same as the .357 magnum. The only difference between the .357 magnum and the .38 special round is the case length/capacity.