.38 Short Colt

Reloading data for .38 Short Colt cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_584
Load data for caliber ".38 Short Colt"
The .38 Short Colt is a centerfire cartridge that was first introduced in the late 19th century. It has since become popular among law enforcement officers, military personnel, and civilian shooters as an effective self-defense round due to its accuracy, low recoil, and low cost.

The .38 Short Colt has a muzzle velocity of about 800 feet per second and is suitable for short-range engagements with small game such as rabbits or squirrels. It is also capable of penetrating soft armor, making it an effective choice for those who may need protection from assailants wearing body armor.

You find .38 Short Colt with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .38 Short Colt
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.353 '' | 8.97 mm
Primer Size: Small Pistol (SP)
Max. Case Length (l3):0.76'' | 19.18 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:1.2'' | 30.48 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:13053.6 psi | 900 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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