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Old February 18, 2011, 07:59 AM   #1
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38 SPL & 38 SPL+P Brass

I have both, same length,any difference otherwise? Wall thickness?
Should I avoid +P loads in 38 SPL casings?
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Old February 18, 2011, 08:36 AM   #2
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Load them interchangeably. My money's on there being no difference but the headstamp.
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Old February 18, 2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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It is just a headstamp difference for safety reasons. I always fill out my load tags, so I don't need to worry about headstamps.
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Old February 18, 2011, 11:35 AM   #4
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Should I avoid +P loads in 38 SPL casings?
It's my understanding that the +P cases are identical, except for the head stamp. I wouldn't put a +P load in a standard case because there might be some confusion at a later date. But, I'm a safety nut.

In reality, all of my .38 cases are +P's (I got a great deal on bulk brass). If they have a wad cutter in them, they're a bullseye load; cast SWC's are service loads and jacketed bullets for +P and .357 Mag. And, like abber, all of my boxes and cartons of reloads are labeled.
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Old February 18, 2011, 01:16 PM   #5
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I'm with zippy13 on only loading +P loads in +P brass. And don't fire them from any gun not rated for them.
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Old February 18, 2011, 10:17 PM   #6
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I bought a ton of +P brass last year and investigated the difference quite extensively. The brass is identical. The +P marking is of course stamped by the factory so they know, and YOU know, that the factory load is hi pressure. Once fired, the factory doesn't care about the brass.

So, the brass is identical, and you can load ANY .38 Special brass to any load you want, standard or +P. Just be sure you don't fire any +P loads in an older revolver not specifically rated for +P loads. Likewise, +P brass can be loaded to any load you want, standard or +P loads. And it can be fired in ANY revolver unless loaded to +P levels.
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Old February 18, 2011, 11:21 PM   #7
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Recently, I've been finding +p brass with large primer pockets.

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Old February 19, 2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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no kiddin, what mfr?
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Old February 20, 2011, 03:15 PM   #9
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I was afraid someone would ask that. I'll go dig around and see if I can find 'em again.

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Old February 20, 2011, 03:49 PM   #10
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Pilfered from the Starline Brass site:
38 SPL+P has no difference from the standard 38 SPL, other than headstamp designation for load segregation. This is due to the fact that our standard case design will handle +P pressures with no problems.

http://www.starlinebrass.com/index.p...3b458f21ff6e42

I would guess that many manufacturers are the same. Why reinvent the wheel?
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