Help identifying this round


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Art M.
October 14, 2010, 05:36 PM
Hello all
I recently purchased some factory ammo for a vintage .38 auto pistol.
The ammo is headstamped "aguila .38 auto", sadly it's not in it's orignal box.
When trying to find some information on this round all I can find are references to aguila making a .38 super round, so now I am leery about using this ammo whithout confirming what I got.
If anyone out there is familiar with, or has some aguila .38 super could you tell me what the headstamp reads? I think this would be easier than asking someone to come up with another .38 auto round.
I will post pictures of the headstamp tomorrow when I get my camera back.
Thanks for your help.

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The Wiry Irishman
October 14, 2010, 06:08 PM
Do you have calipers? A measurement of the case length would really help narrow it down.

Art M.
October 14, 2010, 07:04 PM
Yes, I do. I can post the measurements, however I was under the impresion the .38 super and the .38 auto are dimensionally identical, the only difference being the .38 super being loaded to higher pressures.

The Wiry Irishman
October 14, 2010, 07:54 PM
Yup, you're right. I got confused and was thinking they lengthened the .38 Super case by 1mm to prevent chambering in .38 auto guns like they did with .38 special/.357 and .44 special/.44 mag. Apparently all they did was change the headstamp.

I pulled this from a Google Translate view of a Japanese site, I wouldn't take it as 100% credible without confirmation from another source, but it looks like that is indeed the Aguila headstamp for .38 auto.

http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~sak/main/Cartridges/38AUTO.html&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhgS-AJnayqauZUsL0p3zdrQVn4wZQ (http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~sak/main/Cartridges/38AUTO.html&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&usg=ALkJrhgS-AJnayqauZUsL0p3zdrQVn4wZQ)

http://www.k5.dion.ne.jp/~sak/main/Cartridges/img/38ACP_3.jpg

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