Can .38 ammo be fired through a .357?
I remember being told that you could fire a .38 round through a .357 revolver without adverse affect (to the shooter).
Legal disclaimer: NEVER FIRE ANY ROUND THROUGH ANY FIREARM NOT CELARLY, SPECIFICALLY, INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED FOR THAT ROUND YOU FUCKING IDIOT.
Clearly you NEVER mix & match calibers since these tend to be “either/or” situations (“either” you use the correct load “or” the weapon will probably explode in your face).
In support of the “.38 through a .357” argument was: the standard .38 factory load, with a slug minutely larger than the .357 barrel, was significantly less powerful (produced lower compression and thus muzzel velocity) than the .357 factory load, thus firing a .38 round through a .357 revolver would result in the slug being “squeezed” by the .357 barrel thus producing higher compression (and muzzel velocity) than the same .38 round fired from a .38 revolver (but relatively lower pressure than a .357 round fired through the same .357).
HOWEVER, I was told you may NOT, EVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, fire a .357 round through a .38 because the .357 round produced much more compression behind the slug and the .38 COULD NOT HANDLE this compression.
Do I have my facts straight? Please be aware I am talking about .38 and .357 revolvers specifically, not a .380 auto or any other variation.
I am going to purchase a home defense handgun, one that 1) both I (6’00", 210 lbs, “firearms familiar”) and my wife (5’00", 115 lbs, “firearms challenged”) can handle, and 2) will have enough stopping power to make it worthwhile WITHOUT going through our walls. I don’t want some wimpy .25 or .32, and a large frame .45 or a 9mm will turn off the wife (she’s not 100% behind this initiative, so I don’t want to get some monster Desert Eagle and really scare her off the idea).
I thought a small frame .357 loaded with heavy, low-velocity (and maybe hollowpoint) .38 rounds would be a good compromise.
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