Can I load .38 ammo in a .380 special revolver?

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    Can I load .38 ammo in a .380 special revolver?

    Pretty much what is says. I know the shell is shorter in the .38, still wouldn't it work?

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    I've not heard of .380 special, but .38 & .380 are completely different. .38, be it S&W, short or Special use rimmed cartridges. .380 uses one without a protruding rim. They're not compatible.

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    I've never heard of .380 special.

    Do you mean .380 ACP?

    .38 Special is a rimmed whereas .380 ACP is rimless compelelty different animals

    Do you mean .38 S&W?
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    I meant .38 special bullets and regular .38. Do they even have just .38?

    It's not something that I would do anyway, because I would never load anything but what it's meant to be, just curious

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    Okay more questions

    .38 Long or .38 short or .38 S&W?

    Read this and you can see why your question is confusing

    .38 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Okay more questions

    .38 Long or .38 short or .38 S&W?

    Read this and you can see why your question is confusing

    .38 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    wow, they have .38 long short and S&W, I didn't know. Thanks I am gonna read up on it. I have no idea what is the difference b/n any of them

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    Now that I know a bit more about them, can .38 special be substituted by any other ammo? for the revolver?

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    I guess in order for anyone to answer the question, it has to be very clear as to what is being asked.

    Does the pistol say 38 Sp, 38 spec, or 38 Special on it anywhere? What ammo are you trying to load in it, and where did you get the ammo?

    How old is the pistol or what kind of pistol is it. That would also help with the question.

    If I had to guess, I would say that everything your looking at, both pistol and ammo are .38 special caliber. But since it is just a guess, take it for what it is worth.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    yes the revolver is 38 special, Rossi 88 2"barrel

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    You can use .38 Special or .38 Long Colt <- use link, if you can find it.

    Stick to .38 Special
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    I will, was just curious. I don't know whole a lot about guns, but would like to learn as much as I can. This forum is great fo learning new stuff.

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    In your case, only use .38 special. I would even avoid .38+P in it.

    A real, real good rule of thumb--and by that I mean a good way of keeping your fingers from being explosively deattached--is to only use the exact caliber ammunition that is printed on your firearm and/or mentioned as safe in your owners manual.

    And .380acp should absolutely, positively NOT be used in your .38 special.
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    Send off an email to the manufacturer of the gun. Get a manual for that model and read it carefully.. Often times they can be downloaded from manufacturers website..
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