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38 spl sr

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by skeezer1, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. skeezer1

    skeezer1 New Member

    Bought once fired brass and when sizing found about 8 of these things . Never run across this before and find no mention in any loading book about this case. It is sime rimmed and very much like a 38 super except for the sime rim . any one know what it is or was used for?
  2. Dynamite Rabbit

    Dynamite Rabbit New Member

  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Active Member

    38 spl sr = ".38 Special semi-rimmed" but I'm not sure which gun it's made for.

    I think it's for the Colt 38 AMU Government Model 1911.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Perhaps .38 AMU from back in the 1960's?
    (AMU = Army Marksmanship Unit)
    It was a .38 Special case without a rim to work in modified 1911 Match guns.
    Never heard of any being head-stamped .38 SR though.
    The ones I shot in 1968 were head-stamped .38 AMU.

    The .38 Super has a semi-rim though too.
    The case body is .384", and the semi-rim is .406".

  5. skeezer1

    skeezer1 New Member

    thanks all went to archives and read and read the other posts too. think these may be collectable?
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Post some pics of the head stamp, rim, and a good side view.
    Some measurements of the rim and body length & dia would help a lot too.

    We are all just guessing right now.

  7. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Active Member

    I've got .38 AMU brass that both the box and the brass is marked SR for Semi-rimmed. Federal marked their boxes that way, and some of the boxes were for .38 WC ammunition, overstamped with the .38 SR.

    I gave one of my boxes of .38 SR marked Federal brass to Federal for their archives, since they didn't have any.

    Hope this helps.


    Hope this helps.


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