.38/.357 compatability

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  1. knotheadcharters

    knotheadcharters

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    All right here is the question. I am looking to purchase a used .357. Brand doesn't matter. If it is a .357 can I shoot .38 special through it? The only reason I ask is for cost benefit on shooting at the range not too mention big calibers in a 2in barrel hurts after a while. I can only put about 100 rounds at a time thru my .45 before hand starts hurting.
     
  2. ithaca_deerslayer

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    Yes you can shoot .38 special through any .357 magnum.

    Only issue is the .38 shell is shorter, so it fouls up the cylinder a bit. And if you were to put .357 mag in after not cleaning for a while, the .357 might not slide all the way into the cylider. Simple solution is to clean the inside of each cylinder chamber after shooting a bunch of .38 specials. You clean them just like you would clean the barrel.
     

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    I have a S&W .357Mag wheel gun and I have shot .38 rounds in it, but you can't shoot 357 mag on a .38 wheel gun.
     
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    As long as it is a revolver, yes. Any/all 357 revolvers can shoot 38 special.

    357 auto's, on the other hand, will not work with 38 specials.
     
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    If you're talking revolver, than its no problem.

    Just don't try it the other way around.
     
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    I'll just add that most .38 ammo is lead, and you should clean your barrel of lead fouling before running high pressure, jacketed .357 magnum ammo through it.
     
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    Since when is .38spl most commonly found in lead? The only time I have ever seen lead .38spl on a shelf was for cowboy action shooting. Most .38spl is jacketed like most all other common rounds these days unless it's cowboy action or reloads. I rarely see lead ammo in any caliber.
     
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    Come to think of it, you're right. I guess I'm getting old. Most .38 ammo used to be lead. The warning still goes though.
     
  9. JayAK

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    But if you must try it the other way around just make sure you use a hammer and a punch to get the .357s the rest of the way in.....


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    I think you should get a Medusa.
     
  11. Bobshouse

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    .357 autos will not work in a revolver either....357 auto rounds are a completely different animal.

    Did you ever write speeches for politicians?
     
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  12. Eyescream

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    I think he's talking about guns like the Coonan, which is a semi-automatic .357 Magnum.

    I've heard you can fire .38 Special rounds out of that one, though.
     
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Dang. I haven't seen a jacketed .38 special round in a long time. Lots of lead in other calibers too. I must be getting old... NO WAIT! I get to claim the reload thing!

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