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07-21-2009, 11:55 AM
Is there a difference between 38 special and 38 super

07-21-2009, 12:04 PM
Is there a difference between 38 special and 38 super

They are 2 completely different cartridges intended for different types of handguns altogether. Even the bullet diameters are different; .357" for 38 special, and .355" (.356" sometimes) for 38 super. The 38 special is a rimmed centerfire cartridge designed for use in revolvers. The 38 Super is a rebated rim centerfire cartridge designed for smooth feeding from a magazine in auto loaders. Performance differences between the two cartridges are considerable, also. Obviously, they are not compatible.


07-21-2009, 12:19 PM
.38 special and plain-old .38 are different too and as I understand it not interchangeable. Go figure.

At least that's what I'm told. I don't own a .38 but my GF does (well, .357/.38)

07-21-2009, 12:42 PM
I don't own a .38 but my GF does (well, .357/.38)

She sounds more manly than you.:eek::p:eek:

07-21-2009, 1:13 PM
one was intended for revolvers the other automatics

07-21-2009, 2:19 PM
She sounds more manly than you.:eek::p:eek:

Maybe LOL

She has one of those S&W airframe revolvers (the one that's 11 oz unloaded, not the one without the aluminum cylinder). That thing is so light and has such a small grip that it nearly flies out of my hand with .357 magnum in it. She can hit an 8" paper plate with it all day long at 25 yards but I'm lucky if I can hit one at 15 yards LOL.

I have my .45 pistols (and soon a 9mm, 7 more days), but the recoil is brutal on that little S&W. Another friend of mine shot it and split the webbing of his hand open!

She typically practices with .38 though and .38 +p. At home she keeps either .357 in the gun and speedloaders or a really hot .38+p (slightly less recoil) but she's running out of those.