Identify this shell, please.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by NLAlston, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. NLAlston

    NLAlston New Member

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    This photo represents some of the ammo that I came about, in the aftermath of my father-in-law's passing. I have never seen this type of shell before, and would like to know what it is. I can only assume, at this point, that it is a cheap type of bullet that is mainly used for target practicing. Stamped on the bottom of the casing is 'Western/38 Special'.

    Advanced thanks.
     

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  2. patret

    patret New Member

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    That is a .38 special wad cutter probably with 2.7 grns. bullseye with a 148 gr. bullet

    Patret
     

  3. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    PATRET is correct in bullet type. However the photo you posted is obviously a reloaded round so about any powder charge could be used. The 2.7 grains of Bullseye is the most used load. The square shoulders of the bullet cuts a clean hole in the paper target thus making it easier to score.
     
  4. NLAlston

    NLAlston New Member

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Is the case steel? It does not appear to be brass or nickle plated brass. WWII vintage ammo was often steel cased because of the brass shortage. Definately a wadcutter bullet.

    It looks like there is a hole in the side of the case. It may be a dummy round.
     
  6. gandog56

    gandog56 New Member

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    I like wadcutters. Very very cheap to reload, and they leave such perfect round holes in the targets with no tears. I probably fire 3 boxes of .38 special wadcutters for every box of full throttle .357 mag in my revolver just so I can afford the practice.
     
  7. Josey Wales '94

    Josey Wales '94 New Member

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    Its really not the type of shell, its the type of bullet used, you even identified the casing, 38 Special. As said its a wadcutter, and we use semi-wadcutters for .45 LC. They work pretty well.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Reloaded .38 Special Wadcutter, nickeled cartridge case. Target cartridge- as name implies, wadcutter clips neat, even hole in paper target like a hole punch (easy to score- no torn paper). Reloaded? Note the vertical lines on the case? Sizing die does that when reloading the cartridge. Low recoil target load, probably 144 gr or 148 gr bullet.