I acquired a SW .357 mag which had in box with it about a hundred rounds of .38 spl. Now, I know the .38 ammo is perfectly acceptable to shoot in the .357.
My question is: Why have a .357 mag if you are shooting .38 spl? Why not just shoot .38 spl ammo in a .38 spl revolver??
The previous owner was a "reserve" deputy and it might be that he was given the .38 spl ammo for the job. But that's just a guess.
Any other ideas?
little softer too...
What they said
Less expensive for target practice and easier to find now.
Because it is easier x 3.
On the gun.
On the shooter.
On the wallet.
Because I can.
so a person only has to buy 1 gun and a lot of versatility
i don't even understand why they still make 38special handguns
but that's just me because the atf data still indicates the 38spl only guns are big sellers
Go out and get you some 357 for your pistol and shoot some, at least half a box or so. Then you'll see why 38 special is shot instead of the 357 sometimes.
Your S&W model 66 is another reason to shoot 38's in a 357.
The 66 doesn't hold up well to a steady diet of 357's. You would be better served to shoot mostly 38's out of it.
S&W came out with the L frame (586/686) in 1980 to address the shortcomings of shooting 357's in the k frames. Of course if you don't shoot in much, it really doesn't matter.
The larger/heavier L frame, with its thicker forcing cone, have addressed these issues.
Depends on what you're doing. It's long been assumed that the .357 overpenetrates in urban areas. I'm revisiting that theory however since the ammo we have now is designed to stay in the body in spite of the caliber. That is, of course, if all your shots hit their target. Also, people with an aversion to recoil are happier with 38 + P.
my wife likes to shoot 38 in my security six i reload so mox nix to me. however when she practices she wll fire about 200 rds and gains confidence and accuracy with the weopon she carries.iload 38+p for her to carry these have about 3 times the power of 380's or 32 acp's that her girlfiends carry the point is she will go out and use the dang thing have fun become proficient with her carry gun S+w mod 10 .and therefore i am safer because in a bad situation I still can't shoot as good as 2.Mike PS 38spcl.is still by far the most reloaded round in the world non military of course.
Every now and then when I was teaching someone to shoot a larger caliber gun, the person would keep telling me that they were not anticipating recoil. So, I would load a couple of magnums and follow with a third .38. That really got the point across when they shot the dirt in front of the target.