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I inadvertently shot about 10 rounds of 38 super through my LCR, any chance of cylinder deformation or unseen damage?
 

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Beings as its your first post I've going to say welcome aboard. As for loading and firing the wrong cartridge in a gun it wasn't meant for I'll reserve comment.
 

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Max .38 Super pressure is 36,500 psi.
Max .38 Special +P pressure is 20,000 psi.
Max .357 magnum pressure is 35,000 psi.

Hopefully, you know what specific load you fired. Take that info to a gunsmith, and let the gunsmith look it over. But, like KillDevilBill wrote, it's a Ruger.
 

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Glad to have you on the forum. while I do not recommend it some 38 357 revolvers will chamber and shoot 38 super. Just because this can work does not mean it is a good idea. If fired in a newer large frame 38 special or 357 revolver pressures are okay. if fired in an older 38 special revolver or small frame 38 special the far higher 38 super pressure could be very dangerous.
 

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I'm surprised that a 38 super cartridge, being rimless and shorter than a 38 special, would chamber in an LCR. Why wouldn't the cartridge just slide ahead into the cylinder with the primer beyond reach of the firing pin? I don't have any 38 super rounds on hand to try this.
 

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Actually, the .38 Super is a semi-rimmed cartridge. That little rim would keep it from slipping into the chamber all the way.
 

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Welcome from the Texas Panhandle.
 

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Actually, the .38 Super is a semi-rimmed cartridge. That little rim would keep it from slipping into the chamber all the way.
Thanks for the info. Not familiar with that cartridge at all, but it sounds like a potential disaster, especially for someone with an older model 38.
 

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While I certainly wouldn't reccomend it as a regular practice. With as watered down as most 38 super is now days I'd be shocked if a LCR would get hurt by a few.
 
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