Re: H&R 38 Pistol need info
We need to know the exact model and production era to be sure. But for the most part, if made after 1905, and if it has 38S&W CTGE on the left side it is smokeless. Well, at least the barrel is.. If someone put a smokeless barrel on a blackpowder frame it could result in catastrophic failure if you use a smokeless load.
We will need pictures, and an exact translation of the roll stamp word for word, number for number - exactly as it is stamped.
It would be .38S&W(no "special" or anything else, just ".38S&W").
.38S&W is a shorter cartridge than the .38 Long Colt and it's children(.38S&W Special, .357mag, .360DW, .357Max, and .357SuperMag). The .38S&W is much lower pressure and shoots a bigger diameter bullet, .360"-.361" versus .357"-.358" of the .38 Long Colt family.
If you're going to roll your own, with a top-break revolver you want a softer bullet and as little bearing surface as possible. Absolutely NO jacketed bullets, or long bearing surfaces like wadcutters(unless they are smaller in diameter and hollow based). Adhere to max pressures like it was the word of God. Top-breaks are not pressure friendly guns. (which with a long bearing surface, harder bullets, or jacketing it can create excessive pressure)
H&R Collector. I'm no Bill Goforth, Jim Hauff, or Jim Ritchie (RIP all three)- but I'll do my best.
Last edited by knight0334; 12-24-2013 at 10:51 PM..