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Old 04-09-2012, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default .38 spl in .357 mag

Any accuracy loss?

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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most often it is the opposite - accuracy gain

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Due to recoil recovery or ballistics?

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I was not thinking of recoil recovery but that would be true also. I was talking about slow aimed fire. I have shot a large number of 38's in 357 guns and I have never seen (in my own experience) one that shoots 357's better. I am sure some may exist but I have not run across any.

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Alright cool. Thanks for the info. I just acquired a .357 mag snubby and all I could get my hands on were the .38 spl. Looking forward to running a box through it when I get back from down south.

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If you want the best accuracy and reload use 357mag cases and load using 38spl charge weights. This gets the bullet as close to the forcing cone as possible and increases accuracy even more.

The reason full power 357 loads arent as accurate is because the bullet is being driven way past its ideal operating speed.

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I have heard reports of .38 special rounds having about 50/ft per second less velocity outof a .357 snub vs out of a standard .38 special revolver.Not enough to fret over.

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If you want the best accuracy and reload use 357mag cases and load using 38spl charge weights.
This is what I do as well. I also use hard cast semi-wadcutters with a
gas check (cuts down on leading). You can use .38spl brass and crimp
in the 2nd grease groove. This helps some with bullet jump.
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If you are looking for a "generally as a rule" answer, there is none.

Some have increased accuracy, some have worse.

Each handgun is different.

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