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Well, yes and no.

Yes, in that both .380 Auto and 9mm Luger have a nominal bore diameter of .355, which is the same as .38 Special and .357 Magnum.

No, in that .38 Special has not been chambered in an autoloader. There are two .357 Magnum autoloaders that I know of, the Desert Eagle and the Coonan series of 1911-a-likes, and they would be able to chamber and fire .38 Special, though not cycle the action (not enough kick - the Desert Eagle doesn't cycle except with moderate-to-hot .357 loads).

9mm Luger ballistics are roughly equivalent to .38 Special (and I do mean *roughly*), so performance wise you'd have a match, but you would not find an autoloader that would chamber the same .38 ammunition as a revolver.

Of course, there's the Medusa multi-caliber revolver, which will fire just about any straight-walled pistol cartridge with a .355 bore diameter known to man, but that's another can of worms entirely, and probably the opposite of what you're looking for.

Hope this helps.
 

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Smith & Wesson model 52 is chambered for the .38 Special, but wad cutter only.
 

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my buddy is trying to sell me a simi-auto pistol
he said it dosent have a clip you push the shells in (like a shotgun) and he said it says 38 SPECIAL down the barrel???
and it is made by something that starts with a C
its only 200.00 bucks so a good deal???


thanks wesson
 

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wesson said:
Hi........has anyone ever made a 38.cal simi-auto pistol??


thanks....Wesson
Actually, yes. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson have manufactured autoloaders chambered for the .38 Special wadcutter cartridge. The Colt 1911 style pistol was known as the .38 AMU, and the S&W was known as the Model 52. Both are long out of production.

As a matter of interest, I recently encountered in a friend's estate some .38 Special cartridges that were specifically manufactured as "rimless" type, but I'm not sure what their application was.
 

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Thanks, HWD, I couldn't recall the name of that cartridge.
Now that you have mentioned it, can anybody give some firsthand reporting on the .38 Super?
I have read that in newer models it is both accurate and powerful. Anybody???
thanks, ///olde :) pharte///
 

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I watched the Bianchi Cup recently and a lot of those guys are shooting this caliber. Some of our guys,that shoot these kinds of matches at our range, shoot them also. I had a Colt Commander chambered in it for a while. I wasn't reloading handgun stuff at the time and ammo was kinda hard to find and expensive. Recoil wasn't that bad. You could stay on target without too much recovery time. Nothing like shooting a 40 or 45acp, but more than a 9mm.

HWD
 
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