Originally Posted by Alpo
The above link does not, to my mind, answer the question. It's more of a "name interchangeability chart". For example - 380 = 9mm Browning Short = 9mm Corto = 9mm Kurz = 9x17mm = 380 ACP. All different names for the same cartridge.
What was asked, if I read it correctly, was "what can you safely shoot in there, that the gun was not chambered for?"
22 Short in a 22 Long. Both of them in 22 Long Rifle.
32 S&W in a 32 S&W Long. Both of them in 32 H&R. All three in 327 Federal.
32 ACP in a 32 S&W Long, 32 H&R or 327 Federal. It should NOT be fired in a 32 S&W. It is too long and too powerful. In both of my 32 S&Ws it will not chamber, but it might in some of the cheaper guns. If it will chamber, and you fire it, you can severely damage your gun.
32 Colt in a 32 Long Colt.
32 Colt New Police is another name for 32 S&W Long, and the ammo is interchangeable. It is NOT the same as 32 Colt or 32 Long Colt.
38 Colt in 38 Long Colt. Both in 38 Special. All three in 357 Magnum. All four in 357 Maximum. All five in 357 Supermag.
38 Colt New Police is another name for 38 S&W. They are interchangeable, but neither will work in a 38 Special gun. It is not the same as 38 Colt.
41 Colt in a 41 Long Colt.
44 Russian in 44 Special. Both in 44 Magnum. All three in 454 Supermag (only chambered in Dan Wesson guns, if I remember right).
45 Colt in a 454 Casull. Both in a 460 S&W.
480 Ruger in a 475 Linebaugh.
45/70 in a 45/90. Both in a 45/110.
I'm sure there are others, but these are the ones I could think of.
Notice that I listed them all in an order. Short to long. You can go up, but you can't go down. You can shoot 44 Russian in a 454 Supermag, but you cannot shoot 454 Supermag in a 44 Russian.
very well said Alpo, I must also add to this fine information some cartridge interchangeability...
The cartridge groups listed in groups are all interchangeable within groups so long as the markings on the firearm match at least one of the cartridge names listed...
.22 rem. jet/.22 jet/ .22 rem. centerfire mag.
.223 rem/ 5.56mm/ 5.56X45/ 5.56 Nato
.22 savage hi-power/ 5.6X52mmR
25-20/ 25-20 wcf/ .25-20 win./ 25-20 rem./ .25-20 marlin/ .25 wcf (***)
*** these cartridges are not interchangeable with the .25-20 single shot***
6mm rem./ .244 rem.
.25acp/ .25 auto/ 6.35 browning
.250 savage/ .250-3000
.257 roberts/ .257 rem.
7mm mauser/ 7X57
.280 rem/ 7mm rem exp.
30-30 win/ .30-30 savage/ .30-30 marlin/ .30 wcf
7.62X39/ 7.92mm russian short/ 7.62mm M43
7.62mm russian long/ 7.62X54R
.30-06/ .30 M2/ .30-06 govt./ .30-06 sprg./ .30 G 1906/ 7.62X63mm
.30-40 krag/ .30 army
.308 win/ .308 wcf/ 7.62 nato/ 7.62X51mm
.30 mauser pistol/ 7.63mm mauser/ 7.62X25mm/ 7.62mm type P
.30 mauser rifle/ .30 belgian mauser/ 7.65mm argentine
.32 auto/ .32 acp/ 7.65mm auto/ 7.65 browning
.32 s&w long/ .32 colt new police/ .32 colt police positive
.32-20/ .32 wcf
.303 brit/ 7.7X58R/ 7.7 jap rimmed
7.7mm jap/ 7.7mm arisaka/ .31 jap/ .30 jap
8mm mauser/ 8X57/ 7.92X57/ 7.9 mauser
8mm lebel/ 8X51 R french
9mm luger/ 9mm parabellum/ 9X19/ 9mm auto
.380 auto/ .380 acp/ 9mm short (corto/kurz)/ 9mm browning
.38 spec./ .38 colt spec./ .38 s&w spec.
.38 s&w/ .38 colt new police/ .380 welby/ .380 revolver mk. 1/ .38-200
.38-40/ .38 wcf
.44-40/ .44 wcf/ .44 win./ .44 marlin/ .44 rem.
.45 auto/ .45 acp/ 11.25mm colt/ .45 cal. M1911
.45-70/ .45-70 govt./ .45-70 win/ .45-70 marlin/ .45-70-405
once again, these cartridge groups listed above represent interchangeability within groups. Some of the nomenclature listed represents obsolete cartridges and/or foriegn manufacture not intended for the american market. Its the shooters responsibilty to ensure the markings on his/her firearm match that of the ammunition intended for use.