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    Default What type of round is this?

    An elderly friend of mine was cleaning out his safe and found these two 38 special rounds. He doesn't remember what they are.
    Before I just try and shoot them I was curious if anyone knew what they are?
    Here is link to pics.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/zEozHM9wwWahPJZz5

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    Wadcutters.

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    They look like wadcutters.

    It's not really a good idea to shoot ammo of an unknown origin.

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    .38 Special wadcutter. Typically a mild target load. Personally, unless I knew if they were factory or if reloads the source and powder charge. Failing that I'd just pull the bullets, dump the powder and salvage the cases.

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    As was said, shooting mystery ammo can be risky, especially stuff like 38 wadcutters that are often reloaded by whomever.
    If you have a robust 357 revolver it would probably handle it well regardless of the mystery load, and I'm sure many guys here would be ok with it.
    But personally I stay away from mystery ammo.
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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by eac67gt View Post
    An elderly friend of mine was cleaning out his safe and found these two 38 special rounds. He doesn't remember what they are.
    Before I just try and shoot them I was curious if anyone knew what they are?
    Here is link to pics.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/zEozHM9wwWahPJZz5

    Thanks
    And welcome to the PAFOA.
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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    Thanks everyone for your help.
    I've never used such a round but recently bought my first revolver. I've had plenty of other guns just not a revolver. Some would say late to the game. 😁
    I'll probably do what was said and just use the cases for reloading.
    My friend has been shooting for a very long time but decided the other day it was time to clean his safe out a little bit. He is getting up there in age and just couldn't remember what they were.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    Do yourself a favor and load some wadcutters of your own. They're really sweet to shoot, recoil of a .22 and nice neat holes.

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    I miss the older style wadcutters after shooting a bunch I would run six rounds of FMJ made cleaning the bore easier.

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    Default Re: What type of round is this?

    The wadcutters are for target practice. They punch holes in paper like a , well, paper punch. No ragged edges.
    Go sell crazy some where else, we're all stocked up here.


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