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    Default .38 s&w ammo black powder

    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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    Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

    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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    Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

    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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    Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

    Quote Originally Posted by 93-2.3 View Post
    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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    Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

    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.
    Last edited by 93-2.3; February 6th, 2011 at 04:32 PM.
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    Default Re: .38 s&w ammo black powder

    Ammo - you might try GAD Custom Cartridges.
    http://gadcustomcartridges.com/#pistol
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