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poolshark13 04-20-2008 07:22 AM

.357 & .38
 
i have heard that a .357 mag can safely shoot a .38 special ammo? is this true, or do i risk damaging my gun or worse, ****ing myself up loading .38 ammo in a . 357?

Boris 04-20-2008 10:06 AM

Yes that's right you can shoot 38 spl. in your 357, but not the otherway about.................enjoy..:)

RONSERESURPLUS 04-20-2008 12:22 PM

.357 Magnum Vs .38 Spcl
 
HELLO ALL


Ron L Here = SERESURPLUS


Yes, I have to agree with my British Friend Boris, you can shoot the .38 SPCL, in a 357 Magnum, but not the other way around, without disaster? In fact the difference between 38 Spcl in +P or P+P is so close to .357 Magnum, it's really not worth bothing yourself to get a Magnum? Best o leave the +P and +P+ loads to a revolver what is in good condition, steel frame and checked out to operate with them by a gunsmith!

Zappa 04-20-2008 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by poolshark13 (Post 22098)
i have heard that a .357 mag can safely shoot a .38 special ammo? is this true, or do i risk damaging my gun or worse, ****ing myself up loading .38 ammo in a . 357?

This is absolutely correct, and in the world of guns, it's not even unusual.
Many chamberings are capable of firing different cartridges.
In fact, most .357 owners (like myself) probably shoot far more .38's through them than genuine .357 magnum rounds.
Here are a few more examples of this:
A .44 Magnum can also chamber and fire .44 Special.
A gun chambered in .327 Federal can also fire .32 Colt and .32 H&R Magnum.
.45LC and .454 Casull can be used in the new S&W .460, and if you happen to find a .357 Maximum, that'll also shoot .38 Special and .357 Mag.
The list goes on, but it's always best to ask if you're not sure.

poolshark13 04-21-2008 06:41 AM

thank you for the input. this makes shooting my .357 much cheaper.

REBEL_GUN_NUT_1922 04-21-2008 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by poolshark13 (Post 22098)
i have heard that a .357 mag can safely shoot a .38 special ammo? is this true, or do i risk damaging my gun or worse, ****ing myself up loading .38 ammo in a . 357?

yes thats true as I cant shoot a .357, but I shot a .38 in my dads .357 the other day.

robocop10mm 04-21-2008 03:39 PM

Take care to thoroughly clean the cylinder after firing .38's in a .357. The 1/8th inch difference in length will cause carbon and lead build up that may eventually prevent .357's from chambering. I use a good solvent (Shooter's Choice) and gently turn the brush in the chamber near the front. Never turn the brush in the barrel and don't use a drill to spin the brush.

DirtyHarry 04-22-2008 02:58 AM

Not a problem. .38 is way cheaper too!

poolshark13 04-25-2008 07:36 AM

i went to the range earlier and tried some .38 special through my mag. all the kick from the mag disappeared. makes me wonder, whats the point of a .357 mag at the range, over a good .38?

Boris 04-25-2008 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by poolshark13 (Post 22518)
i went to the range earlier and tried some .38 special through my mag. all the kick from the mag disappeared. makes me wonder, whats the point of a .357 mag at the range, over a good .38?

In a word mate...options, I still have my old late service revolver a S&W M581,;) I can't remember when I last put a few 357's through it, but you never know I might get the opportunity to shoot plates at over 50 metres or something....


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