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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

The term 'rifle' comes from the fact that the barrel of a rifle has spiral grooves (called rifling) cut into the inside. When the bullet is fired it is forced into these grooves which in turn cause ...
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Is it safe to fire 38 caliber rounds in a 357 magnum pistol?

Absolutely safe. The .357 Magnum cartridge was literally designed as a high-pressure .38 Special: Max pressure on a .38 Special is 17kpsi (with the +P specification allowing for 18.5kpsi). Max ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

In the U.S. there are legal definitions provided by code (18 USC 921) and regulation (27 CFR 478.11), which are somewhat derived from the customary definitions. A shotgun is designed to shoot shot (i....
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Disposing of live ammunition

Most gun ranges will accept live ammunition for disposal in my area. I would check there, and if not there, a police department would be my next stop. This answer probably only works in the United ...
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Do shotgun shells containing mixed shot sizes have any applications in hunting?

You are referring to duplex loads. I don't see a whole lot of duplex loads anymore unless its a mix with TSS (tungsten super shot – the densest shot available). Remington had a line of duplex ...
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Is it safe to fire 38 caliber rounds in a 357 magnum pistol?

A .357 Magnum can safely and readily shoot the following rounds: .38 Short Colt, .38 Long Colt, .38 Special, .357 Magnum. Your big problem in the short-near term is that shooting shorter cases will ...
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Why would one type of 22lr ammo be louder than another?

Assuming both the 40 and 60 grain are actually subsonic (the projectile does not break the sound barrier) and both have similar muzzle velocities, you should expect the 60 grain to be louder. It ...
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Is it safe to fire .38 cartridges in a 38.40

The long and the short of it is no - definitely not. If you check wikipedia (or other reputable sources such as SAAMI) you will see that the parent case of the .38-40 is the .44-40 Wincheseter, which ...
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Is it safe to fire .38 cartridges in a 38.40

No, I don't believe so. The .38-40, perhaps despite its name is a 40 caliber round, while the .38 Special, certainly despite its name, is a much smaller .357 round. The case diameter dimensions are ...
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What is the standard barrel length used for calculating the velocity of ammunition?

The standards are set by SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Manufacturers Institute) and it depends on the type of firearm. Rimfire rifles 24 inches (page 60) Centerfire rifles 24 inches with 5 exceptions (...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

I believe that the term presence of Rifleing in the bore defines the weapon as a rifle, even big caliber guns on Naval vessels are termed rifles. Barrel length defines a pistol; it is really a short ...
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What is the difference between a rifle and a shotgun?

The distinction between rifle and shotgun can get convoluted if only considering shot vs single projectile. Shotguns can be loaded with rifled slugs, rifles can fire shot shells. CCI has marketed ...
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What material are the shells I just purchased made of?

Put a strong magnet on top of a shell and turn it upside down. If the magnet sticks then you know it contains steel shot. If it doesn't, then you could have either lead or "non-toxic" shot. If you ...
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Are there performance differences between lead and lead-free ammunition?

The density (weight) affects ballistics. Less dense shot will slow down at a faster rate. Lead is a relatively cheap high density metal but is has negative health consequences. Tungsten is ...
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Do shotgun shells containing mixed shot sizes have any applications in hunting?

"Buck and ball" loads are commonly available. They're often marketed for self defense, but where legal for hunting they have the same benefits on game, namely: The "ball" (or slug) has more reach for ...
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357 Magnum vs 38 Special +P single shot weapon

Both .38 Special and .357 Magnum are calibers specified by SAAMI. If you have a gun with no indication of its caliber and no means of verifying its compliance with SAAMI specifications then don't ...
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357 Magnum vs 38 Special +P single shot weapon

I'm no gunsmith, but personally I wouldn't trust an handmade firearm built by an unknown person at all. How do you know that the maker was competent in firearm design, metallurgy, machining, and all ...
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Why would one type of 22lr ammo be louder than another?

I've worked extensively with the Aguila subsonic .22LR loads. Out of a full-length (i.e., 18") barrel the 40gr runs about 1035fps while the 60gr barely breaks 900fps. So both are soundly subsonic. ...
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