Any Reason You Can't Subload a 9mm Revolver with .380?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by AxesAreBetter, Jul 15, 2017.


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  1. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Had a customer coming in looking for a .380 revolver, but he's not too hot about the manufacturer of the only one I could find. Is there any reason he couldn't subload a 9mm revolver with .380 ala .357/.38?
     
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  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Accuracy would suffer significantly due to the Case not moving the Projectile up next to the Forcing Cone at the beginning of the Barrel.... Also, both these Cartridges headspace on the Case Mouth, so the .380 would be prone to side into the Cyl. and not get struck by the Hammer, as it is a short Case.... Why not just get him a 9mm Pistol, and teach the guy to reLoad, a lighter Loading.... or just a .380ACP Loading in a 9mm Case...
     
  3. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    The Ruger is a .38 special, not a .380. And the 9mm revolvers tend to run on moon clips, if that's worth anything.
     
  4. Legion489

    Legion489 Rev. 2:19 Banned

    What sort of .380 revolver is he looking for? .380 ACP, .380 British (actually .38 S&W), some other .380? The only .380 ACP revolver I can think of off hand is Taurus.
     
  5. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    The blazer aluminum cased rounds usually have a lighter load. Cheap too.
     
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  6. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Plenty of .22LR revolvers out there.. Convert him..
     
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  7. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    .380 ACP. The Taurus is the only one I am finding. The guy is pretty adamant about what he is looking for.
     
  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Even the little Taurus .380 revolver is pretty clunky/chunky beside something like my Ruger LCP. I can only speculate that a medical condition or something of that nature would require a revolver, with less capacity, over an auto loader. Or, perhaps the guys a nut! o_O
     
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  9. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    The only one I really know of is the Taurus. Never shot or handled one. Honestly never saw the point. If it was me I would opt for the .38 special or a .22Mag. I know that doesn't help much, but maybe the guy will come around.
     
  10. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu RIP 4/19/2018

    Seriously, a .38spl with light wadcutter loads would be so much more versatile!
     
  11. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I wouldn't carry less than a .38 with 125gr...well, maybe a .22 mag if it had enough shots. I kinda like .22 mag.
     
  12. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

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  13. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    Love my Rock Island .38sp revolver Light, versatile and deadly accurate (Or is that the operator ;) ) Not a pretty sidearm but who cares what it looks like if you can take a squirrels head off at 25 yards and everything inside works as smooth as silk. I got it to pack around on the farm and have found it has replaced the 1911 on my visits to the civilized world. It also runs .38sp +p with no problem. Might have the customer look at a Rock Island Armory Model 200 best bang for the buck I have seen in a long long time and just as good as the more expensive brands IMO.
     
  14. Thunder5Ranch

    Thunder5Ranch Monkey+++

    That is why I have the Taurus Raging Judge after a hour of shooting it you will regret not having a ace bandage :) I have a couple of .357 Derringers for the sock guns :) And when I am not feeling real accurate don't we all need a 20 barrel pepperbox :)

    24-barrel_pepperbox.
     
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  15. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    My 9mm and .38 Super Smith and Wesson revolvers uses moon clips to hold the rimless case, so does my 10mm, .40 S&W, and .45 acp revolvers
     
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  16. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I like the m200. Sold a few, put 35-40 rounds through a buddies the other day. Only issue I have had with them is the firing pin getting stuck in a whitebox primer...!
     
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  17. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Don't forget the Ol .32 Colt or the even lighter S/W for weaker hands.
    No reason you couldn't load 9 mm to approximate. 380 auto, but I would only do that for an auto, not a wheel gun!!! Like pointed out, accuracy will really suffer.
    I did just the opposite for one of my all time favorite back up/ pocket guns, I 're barreled my Walther PPK for full power 9 mm and she runs flawlessly. 8 rounds is more then enough for those lighter days when a .45 makes me feel bloated!!!
     
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  18. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    That is really interesting. Thank you. I have the sames gun and this is good to know.
     
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  19. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I'd really like to have a PPK...I was so sad to find out they didn't make them in .32 anymore. The .22Lr versions are really nice. If I wanted a concealed auto, that's still the way I would go.
     
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  20. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    But the bond arms is so FREAKING HUGE, you might as well carry the wheelgun or a compact 9mm!!!
     
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