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Old January 31, 2013, 07:30 AM   #7
Mike Irwin
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"About 1903, Colt removed the shoulders from the chambers and changed their advertising to say that .38 Special could be fired in those revolvers."

Uhm, I may be wrong about this, but it's my understanding that when Colt did that they also started heat treating the cylinders to allow them to be used with .38 Special, something S&W didn't do for nearly 20 more years.

If it was originally chambered for .38 Long Colt, but has been reamed to accept .38 Special (apparently not uncommon), I wouldn't risk it with any loads other than those matching .38 Long Colt.
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