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    Different .38 ammo

    I know this is a stupid question. I'm thinking about buying a S&W 642. I'm not familiar with .38 ammo. When I look at .38 I see different ones. I see a .38 S&W and a .38 special. What one does the 642 take?


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    Quote Originally Posted by pistola View Post
    38 special...
    That's what I assumed but on S&W's web sight it says .38 S&W Special. So then I didn't know if it was the S&W or the special.

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    .38 Smith and Wesson Special is the full name of the round. Most people just say .38 special. The key is to look for "special", becuase there is a .38 smith&wesson that's not special. If it says .38 and the word special somwhere them it will work. Now isn't that special?
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    The 642's I looked up, accepted + P, you can check your manual to be sure that it is..... if it is, you can shoot .38 + P ammo as well.

    One reason I keep with .357's... because anything from a .38 to a .357 mag can be used, so more options.

    Anyway... someone tell me, if memory serves me (& it may not) ... the actual .38 round is a touch shorter than the .38 Special round.

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    Tis!!

    Having said that, has anyone pumped a .38 S&W through a .38 S&W Special? Is it like the compatability of shooting a .38 S&W Special through a .357 Magnum??
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbebenelli View Post
    I know this is a stupid question. I'm thinking about buying a S&W 642. I'm not familiar with .38 ammo. When I look at .38 I see different ones. I see a .38 S&W and a .38 special. What one does the 642 take?


    .38 special.
    And the 642's that are in the store now are rated +p.. look on the barrel.

    Look into the speer gold dot .38special +p 135grain Short Barrel for carry ammo. Its specifically designed for snubbys
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    +1 on the 135gr Golddot!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Having said that, has anyone pumped a .38 S&W through a .38 S&W Special? Is it like the compatability of shooting a .38 S&W Special through a .357 Magnum??
    here is a discussion of that topic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Having said that, has anyone pumped a .38 S&W through a .38 S&W Special? Is it like the compatability of shooting a .38 S&W Special through a .357 Magnum??
    NO! Don't try this at home, folks.

    The .38 Special and the .38 S&W are NOT interchangeable. The nominal bullet diameter of the .38 S&W is .361", whereas the .38 Special has a nominal bullet diameter of .358".

    The case measurements are different, also.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtD View Post
    .38 Smith and Wesson Special is the full name of the round. Most people just say .38 special. The key is to look for "special", becuase there is a .38 smith&wesson that's not special. If it says .38 and the word special somwhere them it will work. Now isn't that special?
    Special alright so special,

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