.38 Short Colt
|.38 Short Colt|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Bullet diameter||.375 inches (9.5 mm) for original heeled bullets, .358 inches (9.1 mm) for some modern loads|
|Neck diameter||.379 in (9.6 mm)|
|Base diameter||.379 in (9.6 mm)|
|Rim diameter||.445 in (11.3 mm)|
|Rim thickness||.060 in (1.5 mm)|
|Case length||.765 in (19.4 mm)|
|Source(s): Hodgdon Online reloading data|
The .38 Short Colt (.38 SC) / .38 Short Center Fire (.38 SCF) was a heeled bullet cartridge intended for metallic cartridge conversions of the cap and ball Colt 1851 Navy Revolver from the American Civil War era.
Remington is one of the few producers of this cartridge today with a 125grs LRN bullet. Magtech produces this grain weight and Ten-x manufactures a 95gr load, as well as blanks.
There is no problem firing this cartridge in .38 Special or .357 Magnum revolvers, but some shooters worry that the long bullet jump might make accuracy difficult.[according to whom?] The "bullet jump" has not, however, been proven to have any effect on accuracy.
- Taffin, John (2005). Single Action Sixguns. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 37. ISBN 0-87349-953-0.
- Barnes, Frank C. (1997) . McPherson, M.L., ed. Cartridges of the World (8th ed.). DBI Books. pp. 64, 91. ISBN 0-87349-178-5.
- "Tab IV - Pistol and revolver cartridges". C.I.P. Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 9 July 2013.