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One of the things we've noticed at our Range is that .38 Special Loadings with Lead Bullets, cast or swaged, have a tendancy to come forward in the shell casings, out the front of the cylinders, binding up the revolver, as the bullet obstructs the barrel forcing cone extension. This tends to happen with all brands of .38 Special Ammo, loaded with Lead Bullets, Remington/UMC being the worst offender. The smaller revolvers seem the be more susceptible to the problem, their Cylinders being slightly shorter. My cast bulleted .38 Special Reloads won't do this as I make sure to properly crimp the bullets in place.

If when shooting your loads and you feel the cylinder bind during rotation, stop shooting and check to see if that rounds bullet nose has been shaved by the barrel forcing cone extension.

Try a box of the 110 grain jacketed Winchester/USA loadings or any other commercial equivalent jacketed loading. If no problems then, you have the problem.
 
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