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Can you actually tell a .38 bullet from a 9mm bullet?

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    I hope this isn't hijacking a post but got me curious now - can you (anyone) tell if a .38 or .357 has been fired out of a carbine rifle or short barrel handgun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Sure you can tell. That ditzy blonde on CSI Miami can take one look at a .30 cal bullet and tell you it came "from a sniper rifle."
    There's a difference here........she might be "ditzy", but she's hot as well. That makes her qualified to take a wild guess. LOL!
    Okay....so most of your question has already been answered here. Don't see much need in adding to anything. Thought my Range officer's overlay card had those separate, but it does not. My guess is that you'd need a set of calipers in order to field identify the 9mm vs the 38spl other than the heavier .38 bullets used in the .357mag and such.....along with the heavier weight of the bullet, the longer it will be.
    .38spl bullets are .357", 9mm are .355", plus the shapes (9mm is more conical) and available weights are different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyCop View Post
    I hope this isn't hijacking a post but got me curious now - can you (anyone) tell if a .38 or .357 has been fired out of a carbine rifle or short barrel handgun?
    I suspect that a lab could tell based on number of grooves, twist rate and other factors, depending on the condition of the projectile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyCop View Post
    Ok, I'm ignorant - whats a cannelure? Pic's would help.
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