Shooting Power of the .38 Smith and Wesson
Shooting Power of the .38 Smith and Wesson-Please give me some facts regarding the shooting power of the .38 Smith and Wesson revolver. Can rim-fire cartridges be used in it?
For the .38 Smith and Wesson cartridge, I can only give you the figures found in the Smith and Wesson catalogue. The cartridge is loaded with 15 grains of black powder and a 146 grain bullet. Fired from a 4 inch barrel the penetration is 4 ˝ 7/8 inch boards. The .38 Smith and Wesson Special, used in the Military Models, is loaded with 21 ˝ grains of black powder and a 158 grain bullet. The penetration is 8 ˝ pine boards-length of barrel is not stated. Rimfire cartridges cannot be used in any center fire revolver.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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