This may be in the wrong place but figured I'd try it here, Mods feel free to move: So I'm sitting here at the bench while ago decapping some 44 mag cases and came across a 44 special case that slipped in to the mag pile. I don't load 44 special so haven't really thought about them much, except that my plinking load is probably low enough pressure to be a 44 special load. But this got me thinking about all the normal or "special" loads compared to the "magnum'' loads. And all but one I can think of are designed and designated the same. The normal or "special" case is the same diameter and has the same name designation as the magnum load. Examples I can think of off the top of my head: 22 magnum is a longer 22 long rifle(even though 22 mag is slightly bigger diameter), 22 long rifle is a longer 22 short. 44 magnum is a longer 44 special, 32 magnum is a longer version of like 3 or 4 32 caliber loads. But what about the 357 magnum. If you look at the 357 magnum compared to the other cartridges that have a "normal" or magnum load, then in my opinion it would look like this: .38 special would be a ".38 short" .357 magnum would be a ".38 special" .357 max would be the a ".38 magnum" I just wondered why when they "invented" the .357 magnum they actually decided to get technical? Shouldn't they have called it a .357 to start with? Just wanted to see what the general opinion was on this, forgive my rambling Wanna kill these ads? We can help!