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Old November 5, 2012, 12:57 PM   #2
DFrame
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Everytime S&W makes an engineering change they update the model numbers with a dash. Your gun has had two such changes. In practical terms you can ignore it. Yes your gun can use 38 special ammunition. A good (very light) practice round is the "Mid-range Wadcutter". Congratulations. Your .357 is one of the most useful calibres ever invented and ammunition ranges all the way from mid-range wadcutters to 357 flamethrowers. Revolver barrels are measured from the very back that protrudes through the frame, to the muzzle. Yours is most likely a 6 inch barrel. The 357 is an excellent defense round though some people find the recoil and muzzle blast annoying. A little practice and you'll do fine.
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