Can somebody explain the difference between a .38 and a .357 I've noticed on most .38 specials it also says .357
the 38 Spl. and the 357 magnum share the same size diameter bullets and case diameter. the 38 Spl. is a shorter case than the 357 Magnum. the 357 Magnum will hold a larger powder charge.Can somebody explain the difference between a .38 and a .357 I've noticed on most .38 specials it also says .357
As a safety issue the .357 magnum case is 0.125 inches longer than the .38 Special. This prevents accidental firing of the higher pressure .357 magnum in .38 Special revolvers. The projectile diameter is the same for both rounds at 0.357 inches, which is slightly larger than the 9x19mm at 0.355 inches.Can somebody explain the difference between a .38 and a .357 I've noticed on most .38 specials it also says .357
Now to throw in a little more confusion...
The cast bullets for the .38/40 will work in .40S&W and 10mm.
The .44 and the .38 both started life as blackpowder rounds (though not known as Special or Magnum)
The 9mm is .356" bullet with a case that tapers.
The .380 ACP has a bullet diameter of .355"
The .38 ACP has a bullet diameter of .356" (same as the 9mm)
The .38 Super has the same dimensions of the .38 ACP, but the .38 Super should never be shot in a .38 ACP pistol.
That is cute, but 1180 fps for the 240 gr. JHP? In a .44 Magnum? I can do better than that with a .44 Special.
The .44mag dual bond (JHP) in 240 grain clocked in at 1300. The round you chose was a 240g soft point under defense rounds. The 240g dualbond, JHP was listed under hunting rounds. Just sayin.That is cute, but 1180 fps for the 240 gr. JHP? In a .44 Magnum? I can do better than that with a .44 Special.
Smokeless powder or the self contained cartridge?Back before the turn of the centry the .36 cal. cap & ball revolvers were very popular so when smokeless powder came along, they didn't want the public to be confused. So that's where the 38 cal. cartrige came into being. DOGWALK
The .44 Special is .430" as sized for cast bullets, but is .429" in non-cast. The .45 ACP is .452" for cast, and .451" for round ball.I have never understood why the .44 special is 0.430" while the .44 magnum is 0.429".Who can enlighten me?I have wondered for years.