December 28, 2009, 02:34 PM
I just went to reload some .38spl and measured the bullets (jacked bullet with lead HP) that I am going to use, and every one of them measures .355. I've loaded these in the past, and they've shot fine, it's just that this is the first time i've bothered to measure them. I've got 5 100rd baggies that all measure the same, they all have the cannalure, and are all marked .38/.357. I know that it won't hurt to shoot them, but what gives?
I suppose as long as they measure .355, I can load em' up in the 9mm also, right?
I measure half way between the base and where the bullet tapers.
December 28, 2009, 02:35 PM
Measure at the widest place on the shank of the bullet, which should be the base.
Hope this helps.
December 28, 2009, 02:39 PM
Check your calipers by measuring a rifle bullet to see if your calipers are off.
December 28, 2009, 02:57 PM
Check your calibers by zero'ing them out or use a check gage.
December 28, 2009, 05:58 PM
.38 Special bullets are .357 diameter. Were you expecting them to be .380 diameter? (It's another "cartridge name weirdness")
Unusual for them to measure .355, I think.
December 28, 2009, 07:42 PM
I wouldn't think that 2/1000" would make a big difference. The lead bullets that I use measure .356.
December 28, 2009, 08:18 PM
no, I know that they are supposed to measure .357, and that 9mm is .355. I've come to the conclusion that the ******* at the gun show was trying to save a few dollars, and is selling 9mm projectiles as .38/.357 too. Oh well, next gun show, i'll "kindly" inform him of his mistake and then go from there.. In the meantime, i'll just load em' up in my 9mm.
December 28, 2009, 08:56 PM
I've gotten to where I take calipers with me to the gun show. Those guys will sell anything to anybody. The ones around here are getting to be more like eBay everyday with their "buyer beware" attitude.