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Bernie Link
09-05-2010, 09:53
I have a Thompson Center Contender pistol (old style) with a 357 mag. barrel. Can I shoot 38 sp. ammo through it? And how about +P ammo?

Thanks, Bernie

09-05-2010, 21:30
Yes, on both accounts. The .38sp is essentially the same round, 1/10th" shorter and lower pressure.

09-06-2010, 18:16
Yes, you can shoot .38 Special and .38 Special +P out of your Thompson Center pistol chambered in .357 Mag.

.357 Mag, case 1.29", OAL 1.59", SAAMI 35,000psi
.38 Special, case 1.155", OAL 1.55", SAAMI 17,000psi
.38 Special +P,......................, SAAMI 20,000psi


09-06-2010, 19:50
Yup, shot tons of .38s in mine over the years, just clean the chamber and bore before switching back to magnums.