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I am pretty good at it, but do admit I sometimes need to look at the bottom. Usually when it comes to .38 specials/.44 specials and .357 magnum/.44 magnum. Trying to guess them cartidges just by looking at them is pretty hard. They look so similar until you fire them.

How about you guys?
 

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I've dealt with enough cartridges that I cannot positively identify them by visual inspection alone. Some cartridges are so close in dimensions that even measured accurately they are impossible to identify.

And, there are so many manufacturers today that no longer hold to the established protocol. Someone recently told me of a .38ACP with nickeled case that was not the .38 super loading. At one time, only the nickel plating was the sole identifier.

Bob Wright
 
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