.357 & .38

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by poolshark13, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. poolshark13

    poolshark13 New Member

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    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?
     
  2. Boris

    Boris New Member

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

  3. RONSERESURPLUS

    RONSERESURPLUS New Member

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    .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!
     
  4. Zappa

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    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.
     
  5. poolshark13

    poolshark13 New Member

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    thank you for the input. this makes shooting my .357 much cheaper.
     
  6. REBEL_GUN_NUT_1922

    REBEL_GUN_NUT_1922 New Member

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    yes thats true as I cant shoot a .357, but I shot a .38 in my dads .357 the other day.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. DirtyHarry

    DirtyHarry New Member

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    Not a problem. .38 is way cheaper too!
     
  9. poolshark13

    poolshark13 New Member

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    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?
     
  10. Boris

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    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....
     
  11. SixthTry

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    Practice for the times you may need to defend yourself with the weapon

    At one of the classes I took, they had us load .38s and shoot, then .357s and shoot: big difference, but they say the .357 does much more damage. The instructor's point was to be aware of the difference and be ready for whatever you're going to use in defending yourself.
     
  12. Boris

    Boris New Member

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    If we talk self defence in the senerio of one's own home, or in defence of life and property in the US in a domestic context you will find 38 special a good choice, there is a variety of good ammunition, low recoil and furthermore you enjoy shooting the revolver, if you enjoy shooting it, it follows that you will practice more. Once your basics are established you then can more toward the odd practice session with 357.

    You can do enough 'damage' trust me with a 38 special in order to defend yourself, the arguement and myth of 'stopping power' will rage on. But there are other factors just as important, training, accurancy and confidence. You have made a good choice...............:)