**WARNING**Rem. .357 Magnum ammo put in .38 Special boxes.


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Varmiter
December 10, 2012, 09:37 AM
**WARNING**Rem. .357 Magnum ammo put in .38 Special boxes.


.357 rounds should NOT load into a .38Spl, but apparently they will in some guns.

http://www.shootingwire.com/story/275535

Chris

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MedWheeler
December 10, 2012, 12:26 PM
Thanks for sharing. I have one 100-round box of that stuff at home. I've shot maybe 18 or so rounds of it, I think. I'll check the lot number when I get home tonight.

Now that I think of it, however, any .38+P ammo I have is only shot in my two service-type revolvers, both of which are chambered in .357 Magnum, so I guess, even if I did have some from the affected lot, I'm okay. Just could be in for a surprise at the muzzle if I didn't check 'em first!

19-3Ben
December 10, 2012, 05:07 PM
Soooooo what you're saying is I can get .357mag for .38spl prices?
(Silver lining, you have been found!)

Now where do I get me somma this?

Thompsoncustom
December 10, 2012, 05:14 PM
Soooooo what you're saying is I can get .357mag for .38spl prices?
(Silver lining, you have been found!)

Now where do I get me somma this?

I Like your Thinking.

JellyJar
December 10, 2012, 09:41 PM
You are not supposed to be able to chamber .357mag in a gun chambered for .38spl because the case of the mag is too long.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.38_Special

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.357_Magnum

38spl case is 1.155" long

357mag case is 1.29" long

Deaf Smith
December 10, 2012, 09:49 PM
Well as long as Remington didn't load .357 power charges in .38 cases I'm not real worried.

Yes some cheap Spanish 38s would chamber .357s (overly long chambers) but at least for American makes, I don't think so.

Still, having magnums in .38 boxes isn't a good idea.

Deaf

barnbwt
December 10, 2012, 10:03 PM
Yeah, kinda messed up that my initial reaction to this was "Goody!"

Obvious question: Why do Remington's 38spl boxes accomodate .357magnum? They already make a zillion different ammo box sizes, and it's 1/8" wasted cardboard per box!

TCB

evan price
December 11, 2012, 06:21 AM
Barney, it's because the cost to make the cutting dies and printing plates for two different boxes, plus downtime changing over the box making machinery, plus keeping two different boxes in inventory, is not a good investment. After all, we're only talking a 1/8" difference, and they get to use the same overpack cartons for shipping, too.

Blazer does this too, they use the same box for everything and use a different sized plastic insert.

Ehtereon11B
December 11, 2012, 09:05 AM
Always check your headstamps boys and girls.

Godsgunman
December 11, 2012, 10:17 AM
I'm with 19-3ben on this one :)
I have a .357 so for the price of .38spl I'll take it. Unfortunately I'm sure my local store has already removed the boxes from the shelves, if only I would have heard earlier :(.

ArchAngelCD
December 12, 2012, 01:44 AM
Soooooo what you're saying is I can get .357mag for .38spl prices?
(Silver lining, you have been found!)

Now where do I get me somma this?
Those were my exact thoughts when I read this.

Even though I reload it might be worth buying.

powell&hyde
December 12, 2012, 01:59 AM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=686886

Dr_B
December 12, 2012, 02:26 AM
Well thank goodness no one loaded those .357 cartridges in their .38 specials!

Brian Williams
December 12, 2012, 07:07 AM
Same thread in General Handguns

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