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A handgun cartridge based on the .38 special. A handgun chambered in .357 magnum can generally utilize the .38 special cartridge.

A gun marked .38 special cannot use a .357 magnum cartridge. Using such a cartridge may cause said handgun to explode.

Please ignore the author on here who claims "you don't blow up a .38 caliber gun by shootings .357s through it".

He is not correct!!!

Attempting to shoot a .357 magnum cartridge through a firearm chambered in .38 special is dangerous!
Officer: "I do not have confidence in my weapon's ability to neutralize a suspect."

Firearm Dealer: "Have you considered upgrading to a weapon chambered in .357 magnum?"
by J. Lotta August 27, 2010
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