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Thread: .38 Super, Information.

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    Question .38 Super, Information.

    My memory, at 90+ years, is getting terrible, and I need to refresh it. I have a .38 Super Colt Super Commander. Several, cal. Cartridges can be chambered in this weapon. I need the opinions, of the experts, of this forum, to tell me what cartridges can be safely fired in the .38 Super. Can you experts help?

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    .38 ACP (which you probably can't find), and .38 Super.

    That's ALL. There are not "several" cartridges that can be safely fired in a .38 Super 1911.
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    Thanks, that answers my question. I thought there was another one, that could be fired in my Super Commander.
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    .38 ACP and .38 Super are called "semi-rimmed" because the case rim is slightly larger than the diameter of the case. Originally, the .38 Super guns headspaced in this rim extension. These days, though, the guns all headspace on the case mouth, like the .45 ACP, so the semi-rim isn't needed. Starline makes a custom brass for .38 Super that has a case rim that isn't larger than the case diameter. They call it .38 Super Comp. Maybe that's what you are thinking of, but I don't think anyone loads .38 Super comp as a commercial cartridge.
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    Some think .38 Super +P is a separate product, but it isn't.
    Labels can be confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Watson View Post
    Some think .38 Super +P is a separate product, but it isn't.
    Labels can be confusing.
    Good point. I should have mentioned that.

    Unlike .22LR and .22 Magnum, .38 Special and .357 Magnum, and .44 Special and .44 Magnum, in all of which the Magnum version of the caliber uses a longer case, with .38 ACP and .38 Super the case length is exactly the same but .38 Super is loaded to a significantly higher pressure. Is essence, .38 Super is .38 ACP +P. For this reason, I think all the commercial ammunition makers mark their .38 Super as +P. Even though it is actually the standard load (or less) for that cartridge, it's too hot to be used in old (non-1911) pistols that are chambered for .38 ACP only.
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    Thanks for all the information. My Super Commander will likely never be fired. It is brand new, and I've never fired it. Arthritis, and old age, have deprived me the pleasure of actual shooting. I now enjoy displaying my favorite firearms, on our coffee table. I change the display every couple of days. You folks shoot yours, while your able.
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    Sounds like a great way to still enjoy your firearms. And if any vacuum cleaner salesman show up that gets too pushy they are likely to leave quicker when asked....

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    Do consider security.
    The last time I left guns on my coffee table, they were stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubbo View Post
    Thanks for all the information. My Super Commander will likely never be fired. It is brand new, and I've never fired it. Arthritis, and old age, have deprived me the pleasure of actual shooting. I now enjoy displaying my favorite firearms, on our coffee table. I change the display every couple of days. You folks shoot yours, while your able.
    I haven't looked into my future like that before reading this post. I just added two more to the family this week and dedicating the inaugural shots in your honor, sir.

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