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Reloading 38

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by LopezEL, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. LopezEL

    LopezEL Well-Known Member

    I recently sold my XD9 and was wondering if it was safe to use the 125g 9mm bullets for 38 reloading. Has anyone does tried this, is it okay, is it dangerous?
  2. kmrcstintn

    kmrcstintn Well-Known Member

    9mm = .355" diameter; .38 spl & .357 mag = .357" diameter; they might be too small to stay centered in the rifling of the barrel, especially after having to jump the gap between cylinder & forcing cone of a revolver barrel; I wouldn't do it
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    It's not dangerous, and is done all the time, but you may not get the best accuracy out of it, due to the .002" difference, though I've seen .38 barrels that were .356" in diameter.

    Hope this helps.

  4. fireflyfather

    fireflyfather Well-Known Member

    Lead or Jacketed? Jacketed might be a TAD more forgiving.
  5. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    Jacketed might be a TAD more forgiving.

    arent' lead bullets usually a tad fatter then jacketed?
  6. zxcvbob

    zxcvbob Well-Known Member

    I bought a box of 9mm HP bullets and they won't feed reliably in my BHP. So I load them up as .38 Specials and use them in my Marlin. Accuracy is as good as with the right size bullets.

    I'm not sure it would work so well in a revolver, but it won't hurt anything to try.
  7. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    I've done it before but accuracy was mediocre. You will need a taper crimp die or roll crimp over the bullet shoulder.

    ADKWOODSMAN Well-Known Member

    I found a deal on 500 .355 lead bullets and used them in my .356 38 super with no change in accuracy. I also used them in the .38 special.
  9. novaDAK

    novaDAK Well-Known Member

    Ruger makes a convertible 9mm/.357 blackhawk, and conversion doesn't involve a barrel change, only cylinder...so I don't see why not. As said, accuracy may not be as good.

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