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Old November 6, 2012, 04:04 PM   #18
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The concern is to what level of pressure the steel in the cylinder will support. We can't just assume that if it will handle.38 long pressure out will automatically be able to handle .38 special pressures.
My statements were assuming a gun which was designed for 38 special, but the manufacturer (Colt) did not mark the gun that way. You have a point if the gun was designed for 38 colt but re-chambered for 38 special. I didn't look at it that way in my previous post.

Keenan mentioned that 38 special versions would be marked 38 colt:

The barrel marking was not changed, at least in part because the .38 Special was properly called the ".38 Smith & Wesson Special and there is no way Colt would put that on their guns.
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