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Difference in 38 caliber and 38 Special???

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by hmb, Jun 3, 2007.

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  1. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

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    Pukey,

    38 caliber when applied to pistols means a bullet that measures .357 in diameter is used. 38 special is a specific pistol cartridge which uses a .357 diameter bullet and a rimmed case of a specific length.

    38 specials can be fired in 357 magnum pistols, the case of the special is a little shorter than the magnum case. There is also a 38 S&W cartridge which is short and must be used in a pistol chambered for 38S&W, it is an old cartridge and rarely seen these days. HMB
     
  2. rlcammer

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    .38 S&W and .38 Special are not the same cartridge........

    Ric C.
     
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    Also 38 W.C.F.= 38-40.
     
  4. g7777777

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    I am pretty sure the 38 can be used in a 38 special or a 357 Magnum
     
  5. 333t

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    Its sort of confusing but the .38 S&W can't be used in a .38 Special gun. The .38 S&W case and bullet are slightly larger than the .38 Special round. Here is some info from Wiki:

    ".38 S&W
    The .38 S&W is a revolver cartridge developed by Smith & Wesson in 1877. It should not be confused with the .38 S&W Special cartridge which has different case dimensions and a different caliber bullet. Colt also chambered revolvers for the cartridge which they called the .38 Colt New Police - the principal difference being that the Colt rounds where flat nosed, while the S&W used a 148 grain (9.6 g) rounded nose lead bullet.

    Both the Colt and the S&W cartridge claimed a muzzle velocity of 730 ft/s (220 m/s) and a muzzle energy of 176 ft·lbf (239 J).

    The .38 Super Police or .38/200 version of the bullet uses a larger 200 grain (13 g) bullet with a muzzle velocity of 620 ft/s (189 m/s) and a muzzle energy of 176 ft·lbf (239 J)."

    Phil
     
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