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Old September 7, 2013, 09:19 AM   #16
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Not IMHO - The short cylinder (NOT short chamber) syndrome was also common to the early Ruger snub-nosed DA (Speed-Six ?) revolvers, albeit .357's (Ruger specified only the shorter 125gr load be used in them).

With a short cylinder .38 Special, while the cartridge case chambers readily, some boolits with a straighter ogive makes for a longer cartridge OAL, precluding closing the cylinder because the longer boolit nose sticks out beyond the face of the cylinder/chamber(s), hitting the side of the rear of the barrel that protrudes through the frame.

I used to shoot flush-seated wadcutters, reversed - the "flying ashtray" load - just because of the short cylinder issue.

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