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    was a time when the 38 was standard issue everywhere.
    how about you? do you still use one? i do.
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    I bought this old Rossi model 68 .38 special imported by Interarms of Alexandria, Va. at a gun show not too long ago. It shoots well and the blueing is still very good. I mostly use it for the house and I keep it loaded in the car. I am aware that Interarms is no longer in business and also, that I should not shoot +P ammo in this older model. But now, since I have the opportunity, I was wondering if anyone would know if this model was the one based on the Smith & Wesson frame and from what year to what year this was made. There was paperwork left in the manual that came with it from the previous owner that states that it was purchased in 1994, but I would have no way of knowing if it was new at that time. It has Pachmyar grips and the old wooden grips were left in the box. I can not find a serial number anywhere on it and when I called Rossi customer service I was told that they don't keep any records from the time when Interarms imported them from Brazil. Could anyone help me with those two questions? There is also something else very interesting. Inside on the frame it is stamped M885 but the man from the gun show wrote it up as a model 68. I always thought that model 885 was stainless?
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    I consider the .38 Special to still be a very suitable chambering for self defense and I usually recommend a quality revolver in this or .357 Mag. whenever I encounter a new shooter seeking to buy their first handgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrub oak View Post
    I always thought that model 885 was stainless?
    Could it have been refinished? Certainly if you Google image search then all M885s are stainless and all 68s are blued.


    I think there will always be a place for 38 special, and there's certainly a lot of revolvers out there that need it. I have a Taurus Poly Protector in 38 special as a last gasp gun.

    I really enjoy shooting revolvers as a change from semi-autos, and it's nice not to have to go fumbling around for spent brass.

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    Call me cranky but I am thinking that was a silly question.
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    I have a Raven 32 cal.....ammo is the same price as the 38's.

    Hmmm......let me think about which is becoming obsolete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
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    Aside from pinfires and assorted mid-19th century curiosities, there are no longer any obsolete calibers. Modern ammunition technology has progressed so far in just the last 10 years alone - better bullets, better primers, better propellants - that even relatively slow and low-powered rounds like .32ACP and .22WMR, now pack a respectable wallop. I love the .38 Special, and its big brother, the .357 Magnum. In fact, my magnum revolver is loaded with .38 Special +P as often as .357 Magnum. Depends on what's on sale, and what's on hand. I have complete confidence in either one to save my fat ass.
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    last time i read the top selling reloading dies list from RCBS, the 38/357 reloading dies ranked i believe around #7 in overall sales figures......the list changes every year.

    not bad for a cartridge that is over a 100 years old..............smith and wesson, charter arms, and ruger probably offer more models/variations of 38 capable revolvers now than ever in their past history.

    a quick check at Midway USA shows more offered loads for the 38 special than the 380 acp or the 40 s&w,.........when in stock.

    the 38 may have disappeared from duty holsters, but is very alive and well especially in the snub market.
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