Embarrassed, but have to ask re my .357


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Roadrunner
December 30, 2002, 01:23 PM
What .38 ammo can I use in my .357 mag, .38 Special or .38 S&W? Thanks.

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KMKeller
December 30, 2002, 01:27 PM
.38 Special

Neal Bloom
December 30, 2002, 01:28 PM
Yup, .38 Special.

Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 01:38 PM
.38 S&W won't fit in it.

Just for continuity's sake you can also fire .38 Short Colt and .38 Long Colt in your .357 Mag.

You can also fire the two Colt rounds in any pistol chambered for .38 Spl.

KMKeller
December 30, 2002, 01:41 PM
Mike, are all those 38 type loads you mentioned Kosher in the Model 19?

ruger357
December 30, 2002, 02:15 PM
.38 specials. Nothing to be embarressed about, if you don't ask you don't learn.

Mike Irwin
December 30, 2002, 03:11 PM
"Mike, are all those 38 type loads you mentioned Kosher in the Model 19?"

Yes.

From top to bottom (and shortest to longest in case length)...

.38 Short Colt
.38 Long Colt
.38 Special
.357 Magnum
.357 Maximum

In the above list, those cartridges higher on the list will fit into guns chambered for those lower on the list, but NOT the reverse.

I.E., a .38 Long Colt will chamber and fire in revolvers chambered for .38 Spl., .357 Mag., and .357 Max.

However, a .38 Spl. won't chamber in guns chambering the .38 Short or Long Colts.

A special note about that, though.

Many older, cheaper guns CAN chamber longer cartridges. It's not uncommon to be able to fit a .357 Mag. in a .38 Long Colt or a .38 Spl.

NEVER EVER DO THIS!

Roadrunner
December 30, 2002, 11:12 PM
Thanks all. I always seem to throw out my last empty box of .38 ammo and then forget which to buy.

4v50 Gary
December 31, 2002, 12:46 AM
Roadrunner, we all start somewhere. Welcome to THR.

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