Cartridge Resizing

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by eansrarflel, May 9, 2011.

  1. eansrarflel

    eansrarflel New Member

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    Hello good people

    Is there any reason that a 38 Special round couldn't be cut down to 38 S&W size and reloaded?

    If not, what would be the best way to go about doing this?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes, there is. It is the wrong diameter. .38 Special is NOT .380 inches in diameter- it is .357. The 38 S&W is an older cartridge, and it is a true .38. It is NOT a .38 Special Short.
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have cut down .38 special cases to make 38 S&W. But, I don't use smokeless powder. I use a .358 lead bullet. I use FFFG black powder. You can't really overcharge it. There simply isn't enough room in the case.

    I have a S&W model 1 that I use this for.
     
  4. yellowhand

    yellowhand New Member

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  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    That is actually available. I think it is usually on back order .