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Old 07-10-2010, 05:58 PM   #11
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Default .38 special?

I read somewhere that old S&W revolvers shot something different than .38 Special ammo. Could my old Detective Special fall into this catagory?
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:19 PM   #12
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Your grandfather's revolver is probably chambered for .38 S&W ammo. I have my grandfather's S&W Model 33 which he always referred to as a "38 Special", but it is not. The prevalence of the .38 Special round over the .38 S&W today creates some confusion when dealing with these older guns. 38 S&W ammo is still available, but expensive the last time I looked. In my case, "Papaw's .38" and the other two M33's I own are simply keepsakes, but if older guns are to be fired, take extra care to be sure the ammo is not too modern for the gun.
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