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Old 01-22-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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If you fire a 38 special out of a 357 magnum revolver, do you always have to thumb cock the hammer between each shot? Same question for a 44 special out of a magnum revolver.



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Old 01-22-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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Not a silly question at all. Answer is no.



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Only if you are firing from a single action revolver. If double action you don't have to cock the hammer.

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Whenever possible, before putting a round in the chamber that is not exactly the same as the round stamped into the side of the firearm, first check the Owner's Manual that came with the firearm to see if alternative rounds are approved. If the Manual is missing, Google it and you'll probably find a copy of the Owner's Manual on line.

Shooting 38 Special in a handgun stamped 357 Magnum is a common alternative set forth in the Owner's Manual for some handguns.

Shooting 357 Magnum in a handgun stamped 38 Special is not an alternative in any firearm that I am aware of and could cause serious injury or death.

READ THE OWNERS MANUAL

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As stated, no, unless you are shooting a single action revolver.

Single action revolver - a revolver in which the trigger performs one function, releasing the hammer.
Double action revolver - a revolver in which the trigger performs two different functions, cocking the hammer and releasing the hammer.
Double action only revolver - a revolver in which the trigger performs one function, cocking and releasing the hammer.

IMHO the term double action only is ridiculous.

Back to the original question...The energy of the cartridge has nothing to do with the loading/firing of the next cartridge.

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It does not matter.

One thing you may experience when firing double action with any round regardless of power if it has a hard primer you may have issues. The hammer does not travel back quite as far when firing double action as it does when you cock it manually. I encountered this with my Colt Trooper MKIII, previous owner had an action job done to make it smoother for DA shooting and it causes a headache with certain ammo.

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Didn't you believe the 20 answers you got on the other forum?

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Back to the original question...The energy of the cartridge has nothing to do with the loading/firing of the next cartridge.
Is my thinking right in that the energy of the cartridge DOES have something to do with the loading/firing of the next cartridge in semi-auto's? I know that's not the question here but I want to reinforce (or get corrected) in my knowledge.
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Is my thinking right in that the energy of the cartridge DOES have something to do with the loading/firing of the next cartridge in semi-auto's? I know that's not the question here but I want to reinforce (or get corrected) in my knowledge.
You are correct, WIN-dy.

I too am not sure why the O/P is asking the question this way either.

Maybe it's a trick question? I don't know. Can't tell.
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You are correct, WIN-dy.

I too am not sure why the O/P is asking the question this way either.

Maybe it's a trick question? I don't know. Can't tell.
I believe he is just trying to learn. Maybe not familiar with the difference between single and double action.


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