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Old 03-30-2010, 02:08 AM   #1
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I just had a thought that makes no sense to me. If you can shoot .38 SPL through a .357.... then in theory, .38spl and .357 are the same diameter. AND... IF they are, why couldn't you shoot .357 through a .38?

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im guessing its the powder charge involved in the 357

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That was all I could think. Or maybe the length of the cartridge

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now i want to go measure to see the difference.

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now i want to go measure to see the difference.
That's what she said. Seriously though, please let em know
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unfortunately i have none sitting around.

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That was all I could think. Or maybe the length of the cartridge
Close, it's the length of the brass.

.38 Spl; Case length 1.155 in (29.3 mm)
.357 Mag; Case length 1.29 in (33 mm)

This allows the shorter .38 to be chambered in the longer .357 cylinder. But not vice-versa.

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i knew cane would have some info on this.

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Close, it's the length of the brass.

.38 Spl; Case length 1.155 in (29.3 mm)
.357 Mag; Case length 1.29 in (33 mm)

This allows the shorter .38 to be chambered in the longer .357 cylinder. But not vice-versa.

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Capisce. Thanks Cane.
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It is important to note that this was done quite deliberately. It was to keep people from blowing up 38 specials by trying to shoot 357 mag out of them. They did the same thing with 44 special and 44 mag as well as 45 colt and 454.

I am sure that Cane knows this. But, maybe not some of our new folks.

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