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.38 smith and wesson..

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by BSA70, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. BSA70


    Aug 14, 2007
    I aquired an old smith and wesson lemon squeezer that is chambered for .38 sw. The case is a 9mm case with out a lip. Can I cut a regular .38 case with a dremel tool to the proper length and reload this round?

    Thanks brian
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

    Apr 14, 2009
    Conifer, CO
    Although 38 S&W brass can be made from cut down 38 Special brass it is far from ideal. There are fairly significant dimension differences between the two apart from the obvious length.

    The 38 S&W utilizes a thicker case, .386 compared to .379 which can result in a high incidence of split cases.

    You should be aware that guns chambered for the 38 S&W vary wildly in bore diameter, from older guns being as small as .355 all the way up to .361 with .360 being more toward the norm.

    If you plan on shooting lead because of the relatively low velocity a .358 bullet in the 145 to 158 grain range should pose no problems but I would suggest that you slug the barrel first just to rule out a tight bore diameter.

    Although I'm not positive I believe they still make 38 S&W brass... buying a couple hundred cases might be the better way to go.


  3. meleors

    meleors Cranky Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    Starline makes the brass. Available direct from Starline and from Grafs.