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The .38 (Long) Colt gets a lot of bad press and indeed it should never have been a first line military cartridge, but for just plinking fun I like this conversion based on a 2nd Generation Colt 1861. Kenny Howell of Beloit, WI did the work many years ago and instead of having him line the barrel down to .357 inch I had him leave it at a nominal .375 inch. So I have to shoot hollowbase bullets in it with either black powder or smokeless. In fact I just loaded up about 500 Speer 148 grain wadcutters.
 

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You could mould .36 conical bullets and load them as 'heeled' rounds. That's what I did with my small frame conversions' with good results.
 
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