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Old February 5th, 2011, 04:48 PM
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Ok I got an old h&r in .38 s&w from what I read online it was made for black powder loads and may not handle the new smokeless rounds. So where can I get .38 s&w black powder rounds?
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Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

Good luck finding BP ammo.. Although, BP pistol cartridges aren't hard to reload. Just fill the case with FFFg and seat the bullet.
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Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

Bummer I have no reloading knowledge or machinery lol not sure if gun will handle modern loads either.
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The modern S&W 38 is a downloaded cartridge with a 146 grain bullet in place of the heavier version used by the UK Forces in WWII/Korea (178 grain), or its other identity as the Colt New Police with a 200 grain lead bullet. As long as you are not trying it in an old S&W No 1 or 2 or an HR of the same vintage, you should be perfectly OK. I still shoot my own reloads with 180 grain lead heads from 80 year old S&Ws. Dave_n
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Stars & Sripes Ammunition in Florida sells black powder cartriges. 727-530-1129. I don't know what their shipping policies are, but it would be worth a phone call.
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How old is old? If it is of a more recent vintage if may be ok to use modern ammo.
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I have an h&r American double action safety hammer its I first generation third model the second generation ones were made for smokeless. It is a solid frame not a top break. Any ideas what it could handle?
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I have an h&r American double action safety hammer its I first generation third model the second generation ones were made for smokeless. It is a solid frame not a top break. Any ideas what it could handle?
Not off the top of my head. But there is a gentleman here who is very knowledgeable. He will see your thread and chime in.
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1898 to 1904 is the year ranges on the model I have if I have read right. If someone has knowledge and chimes in it would be much appreciated. Ill have to check out stars and stripes thank you for the number. My father buys reloads off of a shop local to lehigh county I might check if he can load if it comes down to it. I don't know if he has the tooling to do so just yet though.
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Ammo - you might try GAD Custom Cartridges.
http://gadcustomcartridges.com/#pistol
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