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Old 11-28-2008, 04:49 AM
RumorsOFsurF RumorsOFsurF is offline
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Source for .38 ACP? (.38 "rimless")

My step dad has what I believe is a Colt 1902, and it's the shorter model.

According to the markings, it's chambered in ".38 Rimless Smokeless". That's .38 ACP, right?

Is this cartridge still being produced?

Pardon my ignorance.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:12 AM
Jim Watson Jim Watson is offline
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The "shorter model" would be a 1903 Pocket Hammer.

I do not know of anybody manufacturing .38 ACP any more.
A google on custom loaded ammunition turned up these folks who list it.
Look under "obsolete ammo", "pistol."
I have not done business with them, just turned them up on a search.

Of course if I wanted to shoot a .38 Auto, I would load my own, data is available.

Do NOT be tempted to shoot .38 Super in this old gun.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:19 PM
RumorsOFsurF RumorsOFsurF is offline
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Don't worry, I'd never dream of shooting .38 Super through it.

From what I've read, the .38 ACP cartridge is the same size, though....which means one could pick up some brass and load his own .38 ACP, right? I haven't had my reloading stuff set up in years, but I intend to get back in to it once I move off this damn college campus.

The patent dates are 1897 and 1902, which probably mean nothing to the model.

It's identical to this one, except the blueing is almost completely gone:

Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:00 PM
superdude superdude is offline
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yes, the 38 ACP and the 38 Super cases have the same outside dimensions. the only difference between the ammo is that the Super is loaded to much higher pressures than the 38 ACP. yes, you can use the Super cases to load for your 38 ACP.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:33 PM
robertrwalsh robertrwalsh is offline
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I am pretty sure Fiocchi still loads .38 auto. Midway used to carry it, maybe they still do. I just load my own. Makes life easier.
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