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!
Firearm Dealer: "Have you considered upgrading to a weapon chambered in .357 magnum?"
It's the most powerfull handgun cartridge you'r allowed to shoot with in Denmark, where I live. I personally own a Smith & Wesson m.27, which is a relatively common piece in this caliber. General George Patton had the same one. He called it his 'Killing gun'. Obviously he's was a bit more pimped than mine, with mother-of-pearl grips and all that pretty stuff.
.38's can be fired through a .357 in case you're a pansy, or a woman and you can't handle the recoil, or if you're just target shooting and you don't want to spend the extra money on the bullets.
Also used to refer to a gun firing that kind of ammo. Not everyone knows if the guy is carrying a Colt Python or a Smith and Wesson model 19 or whatever the fuck.
2. Hey, that dude's walking around with a .357 magnum stuffed into the crotch of his pants! This isn't a movie! He's gonna blow his fuckin' nuts off!