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#295697 - 07/11/07 07:34 AM .38 clarification
Gravey
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Can someone explain the difference to me between a .38, 38 special, and .38 + P? Which ones can shoot the other one's bullets and which ones cannot?

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#295743 - 07/11/07 08:16 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: Gravey]
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I would assume that the 38 and the 38 special are the same. The 38 +P is just hotter. You can shoot all of them out of the same gun if I'm not mistaken.
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#295825 - 07/11/07 09:17 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: Model70Man]
.45 COLT
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There's a lot of different .38s. Some are the .38 Short Colt, .38 Long Colt, .38 Super, .38 S&W, and, the most common, the .38 S&W Special or just .38 Special. The +P loads should only be fired from guns that are +P rated. The higher pressure will cause some weaker .38s to loosen up considerably.

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#295869 - 07/11/07 10:01 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: .45 COLT]
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Correct
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#296901 - 07/11/07 10:09 PM Re: .38 clarification [Re: Tnyoteboy]
Gravey
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Thanks guys. That clears it up and simplifies it.
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#298019 - 07/12/07 09:20 PM Re: .38 clarification [Re: .45 COLT]
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 Originally Posted By: .45 COLT
The +P loads should only be fired from guns that are +P rated. The higher pressure will cause some weaker .38s to loosen up considerably.

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That means only use them in pistols made by Ruger.
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#298301 - 07/13/07 07:39 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: Eric T.]
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 Originally Posted By: Eric T.
 Originally Posted By: .45 COLT
The +P loads should only be fired from guns that are +P rated. The higher pressure will cause some weaker .38s to loosen up considerably.

DC


That means only use them in pistols made by Ruger.


Thats funny, my S&W that is rated for +p has been shooting +ps for years with no problems. It also weighs half as much as the comparable Ruger!
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#298309 - 07/13/07 07:53 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: Kimberman]
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Some Smiths will handle the .38+P. The first (I think) was the S&W 38-44, a .38 Special built on a .44 frame. Others will take it too.

Rugers are about the only revolver that can handle high-pressure .45 Colt loads.

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#298346 - 07/13/07 08:23 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: .45 COLT]
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I'll just say this:
My Hornady load manual has several instances where they have load data for Ruger/TC Contender only and then another page for all others.
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#298412 - 07/13/07 09:10 AM Re: .38 clarification [Re: Eric T.]
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My S&W 342 is +P rated and it weighs 11 ounces. It stings the crap out of my hand to shoot +P's in it, but it works just fine.
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