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    Hello i just purchased my first gun and dont know alot about them i bought a taurus tcp 738.
    it says to use .380 acp ammo my question is can i use .38 auto, or .38 special in this gun or is it different
    i have no idea any help would be greatly appreiciated thanks for any help

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    No. Those 3 are different.

    different lengths
    different diameters (.355=.380 acp, .356=.38 auto, .357=.38 special)
    different pressures
    the .380 acp is rimless the other 2 are rimmed (rim is a larger diameter than the case)

    In short, you should only use the caliber stamped on the gun. If the name of the round that is written on the box of ammo doesn't match up exactly, don't use it in the gun.

    I would strongly suggest you take a basic firearm introduction class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce333 View Post
    No. Those 3 are different.

    different lengths
    different diameters (.355, .356, .357)
    different pressures
    the .380 acp is rimless the other 2 are rimmed (rim is a larger diameter than the case)

    In short, you should only use the caliber stamped on the gun. If the name of the round that is written on the box of ammo doesn't match up exactly, don't use it in the gun.

    I would strongly suggest you take a basic firearm introduction class.
    +1 take a class, or at the very least spend a lot of time with someone who knows a great deal about firearms.

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    Thanks for the help when i bought the gun they sold me 380 auto ammo and before i read the replies i shot the gun and it seemed fine should i not use this ammo again or will it be fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybob105 View Post
    Thanks for the help when i bought the gun they sold me 380 auto ammo and before i read the replies i shot the gun and it seemed fine should i not use this ammo again or will it be fine?
    380 auto and 380acp are the same.

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    for clarification when people say "auto" they are referring to "acp" or "auto colt pistol"

    welcome to our ever confusing and sometimes nonsensical world of handguns in which the only thing that makes sense is the continuance of learning new things, and the things you already know

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    The last two posts where deffinetly the most helpful thanks that what i needed so many people telling me they where all different and to only use acp i was worried and wondered why gander mountain would sell me ammo that was gonna kill me but it all makes sense now thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billybob105 View Post
    The last two posts where deffinetly the most helpful thanks that what i needed so many people telling me they where all different and to only use acp i was worried and wondered why gander mountain would sell me ammo that was gonna kill me but it all makes sense now thanks.
    I have been out of guns for awhile now but if you ever need anything just drop me a PM and I will do my best to get you the info. Good luck with your .380.

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