You can shoot 38 special round nose lead ammo but you may need to clean the barrel more often. Copper plated ammo doesnt lead the barrel near as much. Lead build up will effect accuracy, but cleaning will restore things back to normal.
Be sure and pay special attention to the cylinder chambers and clean them good after shooting any 38 special ammo other-wise you will get a build up in the cylinder due to the 38 being shorter than the 357 round
I thank you for your time to help me with this . I've had auto's but this is my first revolver in 25 yrs. and I don't want to mess it up. in my old one i could shoot lead all the time it's all we had. again thanks
You really have to work on messing up a 101 to succeed at doing it. I have fired all sorts of ammo through revolvers and if you use lead bullets, like thay said, prepare to spend more time cleaning the barrel and cylinder.