357 revolver in multiple cal

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by redneckdaddy, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. redneckdaddy

    redneckdaddy New Member

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    My dad was lookin at a revolver one of his buddy's has for sale and said it was an old one and that it was a 357 but will shoot a different round other than the 357. He said the guy said that it is cheaper to shoot rather than the 358 round. If anyone has any info on this it would be much appreciated because I know very little about revolvers and there rounds. Thanks
     
  2. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    357 magnum will shoot 38 special too.
     

  3. redneckdaddy

    redneckdaddy New Member

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    He said the thought it was a triple digit #cal, like 380 or so
     
  4. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    nope it's 38 special. unless he's got two cylinders for it. Even then the barrel wouldn't be correct for anything else.
     
  5. redneckdaddy

    redneckdaddy New Member

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    K. Thanks. I'll let him know
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yep- ALL 357 Magnum revolvers will also fire .38 Special- and also .38 Long Colt, and .38 Short Colt (last two are kinda scarce) They are all the same diameter, but different lengths and power.


    All of those ".38s" are really shooting bullets that measure .357 in diameter. Confusion has to do with the change over from a bullet that was the same size as the case (like a .22 LR) to later cartridges that the bullet fitted INSIDE the catridge case.

    The .38 Special ammo is less $$$, and less recoil/ blast.
     
  7. Deuce

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    But too many specials can cause harm to it but its alot of round I believe. It will start with the relief at the front of the chamber you will notice build up of residue.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    If you shoot a lot of .38 Special, you may get enuff crud in the cylinder to make loading .357 Mag difficult. Clean the cylinder.

    Vaguely recall something about being able to fire the .351 Winchester Self Loading rifle round from a .357- but not sure, and THOSE are scarce rounds.
     
  9. 303tom

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    You can use .380 auto. with moon clips in a .357 mag...................even 9mm.

    But they are the same caliber, just different cartridge.
     
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  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Unless it is a Medusa. Medusas will shoot any 9mm/.38/357 round
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    No you can't. Not with out a specially constructed cylinder. The moon clip will be too thick and the cylinder will not close. S&W did make a revolver with a cylinder configured for moon clipped .38 super
     
  12. tomingreeneco

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    Ruger makes a Blackhawk SA .357 revolver that comes with an extra cylinder the shoot 9 mm. Not real accurate, but it shoots them.
     
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  14. Trez

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    kytowboater Active Member

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    Your shining moment!
     
  16. mrfox556

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    Why wouldnt everyone want a madusa? I sure do.
     
  17. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I am very surprised no one has picked up the patents for the Medusa and produced a new version. I would LOVE to have one. They were made just down the road from where I went to college. If I had enough money back then, I would have gotten a conversion cylinder.
     
  18. Trez

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    The last person to have the patents for the Medusa, as far as I know, is a Gunsmith named Gary Reeder.. He made his own version called the Skorpion, but made it from a weaker metal and people were blowing them up...

    Colt had a deal going with J. Phillips to make a version of the Medusa called the Survivor.. P&R spent a ton of money retooling to build the Survivor for Colt, but Colt decided that "they just wanted to manufacture their classic models" & backed out of the deal... P&R was out of money and the Medusa was dead...

    P&R also manufactured a Multi-caliber bolt action called the Wilderness Explorer, but I cant even find a pic of it on the internet.. ( I so wish I could find one of those!!) There was a .45 "Medusa" cylinder conversion, and a .50 AE conversion as well...
     
  19. zombieresponder

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    Several gunsmiths offer machining services to recess the cylinder face for moon clips. Most of the time though, it's just to allow moon clips for whatever cartridge the gun is already chambered for.

    S&W and ruger have both offered moon clip 9mm revolvers. S&W still offers the 1917 revolver, which is .45 acp and uses moon clips. It's also been known as the Model 25, and the Model 625 in stainless. Almost forgot, S&W also offered the Model 610, which was chambered for 10mm and used moon clips. The Model 627 was the .38 super. The 627 was also offered in .357 with moon clips, and IIRC, recently S&W had a snubby .38 in the lineup that used moon clips.
     
  20. Old_Crow

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    I have a Ruger Blackhawk convertible that shoots 357 mag, 38 spl and 9mm. It has a extra cylinder for 9mm. They cost $60 more than a regular Blackhawk but the cheap fun is worth it. The 9mm has good deal more pop from a 6.5" barrel than the traditional 4" barrel.
     
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