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Old November 19, 2012, 07:10 PM   #17
Bob Wright
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The first .38 Special rounds were blackpowder.

Incidentally, most rounds were also loaded with "semi-smokeless" powder such as Lesmoke.

Lesmoke produced less flash and smoke than blackpowder, and less pressure than smokeless. Old cartridges that have copper primers are blackpowder, brass primers are semi-smokeless, nickel primers are smokeless. This for older rounds only.

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