Originally Posted by whitesquirrel44
I know of the dimensional differences between the 38 S&W and the 38 Special. My question is: Can you shoot a 38 S&W in a 38 Special or 357 Mag. revolver? They appear to fit just fine in the cylinder. I'm just worried about the distance between the bullet and the barrel. The bullet would have to travel a good distance before hitting the rifling. What do you think?
Here's some background, I ordered a 38 S&W top break from GunsAmerica and before it came in, I bought a box of shells at a local gun & knife show. When the revolver came in, it was a 32 S&W. I wanted the 32 as well but now I have a box of shells with no gun.
The main difference between the two rounds is that the 38 S&W, also called the 38 Super Police and 38 Colt New Police has a bullet diameter of .360 whereas the 38 Special has a normal bullet diameter of .357/.358. Since this 38 S&W was a very under powered cartridge by today's standards, I would opt for taking the box of rounds back to the dealer and try and get a box of 38 Specials in trade or for a nominal amount.
Also, with such a short cartridge, you will have to make sure you clean the chambers very well due to the ring of carbon that will be left in the chamber. You might find extraction problems if you do not clean it very well. Good luck.