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Can you shoot .38 special ammo out of a .357 magnum? Just heard that on one of the questions and had never heard of it.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Yes, and you can shoot .44 Special out of a .44 magnum.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Absolutely. Check SAAMI interchange list.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Affirmative. But not the other way around.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Absolutely .

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from shane wrote 3 years 4 days ago

The cartridge nomenclature system is pretty darn confusing, I must admit.

.380, .38, .357, 9mm. All just about the same diameter. Senseless, eh?

.480 Ruger and .475 Linebaugh, .458 Win and Lott, .38 Special and Magnum, .44 Russian, Special, and Magnum, .45 Colt, .454 Casull and .460 S&W, some more too.

Now why don't they work .44 Mag and .444 Marlin together? I don't see why it wouldn't already work, at least in a single shot or a revolver?

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from furbuster wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Yes & I reload them both with the same dies.Takes some adjusting but it saves on buying another set. What about "The Judge" 410 & 45 long colt.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 4 days ago

.44 Mag and .444 Marlin together?

You really think so dar Pilgrim, didn't think that one through.

Base 444 is .469
Base 44 mag is .457
Difference .012

Enough pressure leakage to cause seriously cause eye, face and neck damage!

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from 007 wrote 3 years 4 days ago

You can shoot .38's in a .357 magnum but be sure to clean your chambers well after you do because of the discharge ring the shorter case will leave behind, ditto .44 special and .44 magnum.

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 days ago

Interesting. Now I know. Note the whys and the question marks.

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from SGT Art wrote 3 years 2 days ago

Yes but if you are using lead bullets you may find some lead build up near the end of the chambers. This will make it hard to insert .357 mag cartridges. No problem, just a good scrubbing with a brass brush will get it out of there. Shooting full magnum charges really isn't a whole lot fun after awhile. Besides, .38 special is cheaper.

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from Brandon Annette wrote 50 weeks 1 day ago

you can shot out 357 38 short colt 38 long colt 38 sp 38 spl +p 38-44

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Affirmative. But not the other way around.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Yes, and you can shoot .44 Special out of a .44 magnum.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Absolutely. Check SAAMI interchange list.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Absolutely .

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from 007 wrote 3 years 4 days ago

You can shoot .38's in a .357 magnum but be sure to clean your chambers well after you do because of the discharge ring the shorter case will leave behind, ditto .44 special and .44 magnum.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 4 days ago

.44 Mag and .444 Marlin together?

You really think so dar Pilgrim, didn't think that one through.

Base 444 is .469
Base 44 mag is .457
Difference .012

Enough pressure leakage to cause seriously cause eye, face and neck damage!

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from shane wrote 3 years 4 days ago

The cartridge nomenclature system is pretty darn confusing, I must admit.

.380, .38, .357, 9mm. All just about the same diameter. Senseless, eh?

.480 Ruger and .475 Linebaugh, .458 Win and Lott, .38 Special and Magnum, .44 Russian, Special, and Magnum, .45 Colt, .454 Casull and .460 S&W, some more too.

Now why don't they work .44 Mag and .444 Marlin together? I don't see why it wouldn't already work, at least in a single shot or a revolver?

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from furbuster wrote 3 years 4 days ago

Yes & I reload them both with the same dies.Takes some adjusting but it saves on buying another set. What about "The Judge" 410 & 45 long colt.

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from shane wrote 3 years 2 days ago

Interesting. Now I know. Note the whys and the question marks.

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from SGT Art wrote 3 years 2 days ago

Yes but if you are using lead bullets you may find some lead build up near the end of the chambers. This will make it hard to insert .357 mag cartridges. No problem, just a good scrubbing with a brass brush will get it out of there. Shooting full magnum charges really isn't a whole lot fun after awhile. Besides, .38 special is cheaper.

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from Brandon Annette wrote 50 weeks 1 day ago

you can shot out 357 38 short colt 38 long colt 38 sp 38 spl +p 38-44

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