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caliber/chambering question

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by frankcostanza, Oct 12, 2007.

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  1. frankcostanza

    frankcostanza Member

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    Here is kind of a newbie question, but I would appreciate some info on this. If I understand correctly, 5.56 nato & .223 are basically the same cartridge and you can safely fire 5.56 or .223 out of a rifle chambered in 5.56, but you can't fire 5.56 chambered in .223? I'm not sure if I have my facts straight on this and some clarification would be nice. I know you can fire .38 special out of a .357 magnum. Are there any other caliber/cartridge combinations that are interchangeable (if that makes sense)?
     
  2. glockman19

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    .44 special .44mag
     
  3. The-Fly

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    you are correct on 223 vs 556. The primary difference between those two calibers is that 556 is loaded about 10000 psi hotter then 223.

    a s&w 460xvr is chambered in the new 460 caliber, but can fire 454 casull and 45 long colt as well. There may be a few more odd ball calibers that can do this.
     
  4. The-Fly

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    ahh, forgot 44spl and 44mag too!
     
  5. frankcostanza

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    Ok so the 5.56 and .223 are basically interchangeable. I know 7.62x51 and .308 are also similar cartridges, can the same thing be done with these cartridges?
     
  6. WNTFW

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    No strict naming conventions on Cartidges - especially on the numbers.

    The .223 /5.56 is relates to chamber specs and pressures. The .223 is a SAAMI chamber & the 5.56 is NATO. There is also a Wylde chamber.
    I'm like you and remember it as a 1 way interchange.

    http://www.snipercentral.com/rra.htm - has some info (google it .223 vs 5.56 or similar) http://www.thegunzone.com/spiw.html
    Ammo oracle I think has some info

    The .357 is bulllet dia & .38 is Case OD if i have it right

    I do have a link somewhere of dangerous cartidge interchanges. It list them along with the resulting problem.

    .45 long colt & .410 in certain taurus revolvers!! I shot one with the .45lc & it was a nice gun.

    Later,
    WNTFW
     
  7. 230RN
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    Lots of cartridges are interchangeable. Here's one list of them. I take no responsibilty for this information, but since it was on the net, it must be true... right?

    FROM

    http://yarchive.net/gun/ammo/cartridge_interchange.html


    BEGIN QUOTE....
    CARTRIDGE INTERCHANGEABILITY CHART
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    Cartridges within the groups shown are interchangeable. Other
    substitutions should not be made without specific recommendation
    of the firearms manufacturer, since improper combinations could
    result in firearm damage or personal injury.
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    RIMFIRE
    22 W.R.F.
    22 Remington Special
    22 Win. Model 2890 in a 22 Win. Mag Rimfire but not conversely
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    CENTERFIRE
    25-20 Remington
    25-20 W.C.F.
    25-20 Win.
    25-20 Win. High Speed
    25-20 Marlin
    25 W.C.F.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    6mm Rem. (80 & 90 grain)
    244 Rem.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    25 Automatic
    25 Auto. Colt Pistol (ACP)
    25 (6.35mm) Automatic Pistol
    6.35 Browning
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    7mm Express (TM) Rem.
    280 Rem.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    30-30 Sav.
    30-30 Win.
    30-30 Win. Accelerator*
    30-30 Marlin
    30-30 Win. High Speed
    30 W.C.F
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    32 Colt Automatic
    32 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)
    32 (7.65mm) Automatic Pistol
    7.65mm Automatic Pistol
    7.65mm Browning (not interchangeable with 7.65mm Luger)
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    32 Short Colt in 32 Long Colt but not conversely
    SEE NOTE C
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    32 S. & W. in 32 S. & W. Long but not conversely
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    32 S. & W. Long
    32 Colt New Police
    32 Colt Police Positive
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    32 W.C.F.*
    32 Win.*
    32-20 Win. High Speed*
    SEE NOTE A
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    32-20 Colt L.M.R.
    32-20 W.C.F.
    32-20 Win. and Marlin
    SEE NOTE G
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    38 S. & W.
    38 Colt New Police
    380 Webley
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    38 Colt Special
    38 S. & W. Special
    38 Targetmaster (R)
    38 S. & W. Special Mid-Rage
    38 Special (+P)
    38-44 Special (+P)
    38 Special
    38 Special Flat Point
    SEE NOTES B & D
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    38 Short Colt in 38 Long Colt but not conversely;
    Both can be used in 38 Special
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    38 Marlin
    38 Win.*
    SEE NOTE A
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    38 Remington*
    38-40 Win.
    38 W.C.F.*
    SEE NOTE A
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    38 Automatic in 38 Super (+P) but not conversely
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    380 Automatic
    9mm Browning Short (Corto, Kurz)
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    9mm Luger
    9mm Parabellum
    SEE NOTE E
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    44 S. & W. Special
    SEE NOTE F
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    44 Marlin
    44 Win.
    44 Remington
    44-40 Win.
    44 W.C.F.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    45-70 Government
    45-70 Marlin
    45-70 Win.
    45-70-405
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    NOTE A: *High-speed cartridges must not be used in revolvers.
    They should be used only in rifles made expecially for
    them.
    NOTE B: Ammunition with (+P) on the case headstamp is loaded to
    higher pressure. Use only in firearms designated for
    this cartridge and so recommended by the gun manufacturer.
    NOTE C: Not for use in revolvers chambered for 32 S. & W. or
    32 S. & W. Long.
    NOTE D: All 38 Special cartridges can be used in 357 Magnum
    revolvers but not conversely.
    NOTE E: 9mm sub-machine gun cartridges should not be used in
    handguns.
    NOTE F: 44 Russian and 44 S. & W. Special can be used in 44
    Remington Magnum revolvers but not conversely.
    NOTE G: Not to be used in Win. M-66 and M-73.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    SOURCE: 1993 Remington Products Catalog

    Not listed in Remington's information are the following:
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    .38 Special and .357 Mag. in .357 Maximum, but not conversely
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    .44 Special and .44 Mag. in .445 Super Mag, but not conversely
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    .45 Long Colt in .454 Casull, but not conversely
    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    Also, there are many examples of cartridges that can be "fire-
    formed" in larger chambers (eg. firing a .300 H&H in a .300 Wby)
    but I'll leave off here for now.
    . . . . . . . . .

    Randy Lyman grl@drutx.att.com

    END QUOTE (Just trying to preserve the preservie tabbing in the above chart)

    Hatcher also has some anecdotal remarks in "Hatcher's Notebook" regarding this.

    For instance, some auto cartridges will fire in other auto guns but not vice-versa. I believe he said that .45 ACP will feed from the mag and function, and fire normally in a .455 Webley auto, but not the other way around. This, if I recall correctly, was only true if the rounds were fed from the magazine. It would not work if the cartridges were single loaded, since the cartridge would not engage the extractor hook unless the round came up from the magazine.

    I myself have fired 9mm Luger cartridges in a .357 revolver, but I had to tip the gun upward to assure the cartridge was sitting against the recoil shield.

    I have also fired .308 Win cartridges in a .30-06 rifle with no ill effects except really crappy accuracy.

    Ditto with .22LR in a .22 Mag rifle.

    I have done other experiments which are not recommended, but these were when I was young and foolish. As opposed to now, when I am old and foolish.

    But I did get old, despite some hairy experiments.
     
  8. JesseL

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    These are all the ones I can remember off the top of my head.
    Generally this kind of interchangeability only works with rimmed, straight walled cartridges.

    22 CB < 22 Short < 22 long < 22 long rifle
    32 Short < 32 Long < 32 H&R Magnum
    38 Special < 357 Magnum < 357 Maximum < 357 Supermag
    44 Russian < 44 Special < 44 Magnum < 445 Supermag
    45 Schofield < 45 Colt < 454 Casull < 460 S&W Magnum
    45-70 < 45 -90 < 45-120
    458 Winchester Magnum < 458 Lott
     
  9. The Lone Haranguer

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    Adding to the confusion is that we often say "caliber" when we meant "cartridge." For example, the .30-30, .308 Win. and .30-06 are the same caliber (bore/bullet diameter) but not the same cartridge.
     
  10. Jim Watson

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    The majority of items on that "interchangeability" list are purely nomenclature. They aren't different cartridges that are interchangeable, they are different names for the same thing.
    .38 S&W and .38 Colt New Police (also .38 Colt Police Positive) are really the same thing, just that Colt did not want to show its competitor's name when the .38 Short and Long Colt were obsoleted and they went to the superior round.
    Likewise Marlin sure wasn't going to label rifles .30 WCF (Winchester Center Fire) and so the .30-30 was born.
     
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