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Reloading 38

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

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  1. LopezEL

    LopezEL Member

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Fred
     
  4. fireflyfather

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    Lead or Jacketed? Jacketed might be a TAD more forgiving.
     
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    Jacketed might be a TAD more forgiving.

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

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    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

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

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    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.
     
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    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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