.38 S&W caliber


Chris O
April 18, 2009, 02:38 AM
I picked up recently an old H&R model 1904. Can't seem to find anyplace with this ammo in stock,.38 S&W caliber.Anyone with ideas? Thanks,Chris

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bill larry
April 18, 2009, 04:01 AM
Remington makes loads this caliber.

April 18, 2009, 04:30 AM
You've got to buy it wherever you can find it.
Either scour gun shows or check out outlying gunshops whenever you have the chance while on the road traveling.
I just sent you a PM about some that I have available. :)

April 18, 2009, 05:05 AM
Everyone's out of everything right now, it seems. I usually get mine from Midsouth Shooters Supply when the supplies are normal. I would also get it from Midway but there was an issue with them so I've turned my back on them (no more business from me.)

April 18, 2009, 09:10 AM
.38 S&W. What about .38 Special?? Same?

April 18, 2009, 09:14 AM
Same what?

Same cartridge? - no, they're completely different (even use different bullet diameters).

Same problem finding ammo? Yup - or at least that's what I hear, I reload everything I shoot, so my problem is finding components, especially primers.

April 18, 2009, 09:47 AM
Old Western Scrounger had it in stock recently, pretty sure it's commercial reloads from them.

April 18, 2009, 10:29 AM
The 38 S&W is a tough gun to own if you don't reload. Ammo is hard to find under the best of conditions and with the panic buying and short supplies currently occurring it will be near impossible and if you do find some the cost will be staggering.

April 18, 2009, 10:54 AM
How old is the gun? Tons of break-top guns in that caliber were made from the 1880s to early 1900s. They were made for black powder ONLY and aren't safe with smokeless powder ammo.

April 18, 2009, 11:22 AM
What if the barrel on a S&W Model 10-6 is marked
.38 S&W Special CTG

is it .38 S&W or .38 Special?

I assumed .38 special, but we know about assuming

Old Fuff
April 18, 2009, 11:57 AM
The marking means exactly what it says:

.38 S&W Special CTG = .38 Special.

.38 S&W CTG = .38 S&W

Because it's larger in diameter, a .38 S&W cartridge shouldn't chamber in a .38 Special chamber. But there are known exceptions.

Old Fuff
April 18, 2009, 12:36 PM
Harrington & Richardson's model 1904 was an inexpensive solid-frame pocket revolver, and was that companyís cheapest handgun in a product line that wasn't the best in the first place. The cylinder is not positively locked when you fire the revolver, and you may have noticed that the cylinder can be turned when the trigger is forward.

Generally speaking, accuracy is more coincidental then intentional. Given the relatively high cost of ammunition and the gunís questionable quality and design, I suggest that you get something else to shoot, and retire this 100 year-old relic to collectable status.

But if you feel otherwise, ammunition is obtainable, but usually has to be special ordered because most retailers don't bother to stock it. Before you order any, be sure that you know what the price will be.

April 18, 2009, 12:55 PM
I saw Gander Mountain has some in stock the other day. Kind of surprised me to be honest, hadn't seen that in a long time.

April 18, 2009, 03:08 PM
The .38 S&W is not the same as a .38 S&W Special is not the same as the .38 Super.

Like the others said, you are in luck because your revolver shoots the much more common .38 Special round. You are also in luck because the Model 10-6 is a VERY nice revolver to shoot.

Chris O,
Again like the others have told you, .38 S&W ammo is hard to find and when you do, it's expensive. It is available though.
AimSurplus (http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/38SW.html) has some in stock right now.
Sportsman's Guide (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=213726) will have some in soon.

April 18, 2009, 05:18 PM
I have an H&R 925 top break, as well as an S&W Victory model in .38 S&W. Fun shooting little caliber, but you really need to reload for it to be cost effective.

I,ve met dealers who don't know the difference between it and .38 Spl, not many, but some.

April 18, 2009, 05:29 PM
there's tons of .38SW in my area; no one shoots it, so my brother has no problem getting it. he has a break top H&R, too.

Chris O
April 18, 2009, 08:07 PM
Mine isn't the Top Break model. It isn't the same caliber as a .38 Special. I know it's old and cheap and I really have no plans to use it as a shooter,I've got WAAAY too many excellent Handguns to use here, but that being said if I do retire it I always like to have a box of ammo for it anyway. Chris

Rebel Dave
April 18, 2009, 10:53 PM
I just aqiured an H & R mod 925, in 38 S & W, like new from my neighbor, for $100.00. He bought it new in 1968. It has a 1967 date on it. He never fired the gun, (he said). I havn't been able to find a box of ammo, either. But then, I might use it as a trade, in or sell it. If I keep it I'll have to get a new set of dies.

Rebel Dave

Chris O
April 19, 2009, 03:23 AM
It looks like aimsurplus.com and also Old Western Scrounger both have it in stock.You can Google both and find them. Chris

April 19, 2009, 09:36 AM
No problem finding .38S&W around here. I have a S&W Terrier that's chambered in .38S&W. Fun caliber to shoot, no recoil to speak of.

Old Fuff
April 19, 2009, 10:07 AM
I've never had trouble finding the ammunition, just paying for it... :eek: :D

Therefore I'd suggest what some others have. If you intend to really do any shooting, spend the money on loading dies and components rather then "store bought" cartridges. This is especially true if you are loading other calibers now.

S&W Safety Hammerless.
Colt Police Positive
S&W .38-200 Victory model

Such a pack of hungry children... :D

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