Colt Forum banner


1396 Views 36 Replies 22 Participants Last post by  73shovel
Hi everyone,
I've just inherited a 1903 Pocket Hammer (38 Rimless)
Can you help me on what bullet it shoots.
I've looked them up on GI.
They advertise as 38 AUTO
Or 38 ACP.
I mistook it as 380 AUTO.
Well I know now, that's not correct!
Is this round, like the size of a 38 special?
I don't mean to shoot 38 specials in it.
Just the size of it.
Bullet diameter? Or BORE DIA.
PS the gun Is apart right now.
So pics will come later.
Thanks for your help!
Pics of the pistol added
Wood Rectangle Gadget Font Electric blue

Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk
View attachment 836828 View attachment 836829
See less See more
  • Like
Reactions: 1
1 - 1 of 37 Posts
The 38 Auto is an easy cartridge to hand load...

Graff's has brass for the 38 Auto (probably made by Star-Line.)

I load the 38 Auto with either the Barry's 130gr. copper plated bullet or the Xtreme 124 gr heavy plated bullet... both work well...

For loading data I use the advice Hodgdon published some years ago... I use the published starting 38 Super load for the bullet Im using reduced by 5%. Then I work back up to a load that does not exceed the published starting 38 Super load for the bullet/powder I'm using. This has worked well and does not seem to have stressed my old guns at all...


1 - 1 of 37 Posts