38 Ammunition

Old 10-04-20, 11:56 AM
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38 Ammunition

I purchased at a gun show a bag of shells that was marked 38's. On the shell casing it says wcc 1987 and some say 1986 will these shells be safe to shoot in my S&W snub nose and my 38 S&W 6 inch barrel pistol.
Old 10-04-20, 03:02 PM
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That is only a headstamp identification. As long as the ammo caliber (IE: 38 special) is the same as the pistol you should have no issues.
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Modern ammunition is pretty stable. If the cartridges still look good I'd use them. I would not use them if they are corroded or look like they haven't been stored well. The WCC headstamp tells you the case was made by the Western Cartridge Company, who was a military supplier so it's no surprise that they also put the year on there. It should be good stuff.

I have some Korean War era ammunition that I still use. Even after 70 years it still works and is just as accurate.

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