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    38 RF extra short

    I guess I should have known it was a thing but I didn't until today when I got a package that was susposed to be 29 rounds of 38 RF long that turned out to be 27 rounds of 38 RF short, one round of 38 RF long and one round of 38 RF extra short.

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    I am not going to complain about the mix up by the seller. I am happy with the deal and pleased as punch to have the 38 extra short.

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    Your 38 Extra Short looks suspiciously like a 41 Short for all the little pocket derringers. Some measurements may be required.

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    You are correct, I was putting the ammo away and that one would not drop into the cartridge tray. It is a 41 short so maybe there is no .38 extra short after all. I see now in the picture it is fatter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtknowles View Post
    You are correct, I was putting the ammo away and that one would not drop into the cartridge tray. It is a 41 short so maybe there is no .38 extra short after all. I see now in the picture it is fatter.

    Tim
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    i have about 30 or so 38 rimfire cartridges, look original, little dirty but not something i need. anybody? these shells are about 1 3/8 long, got the Remington U on the bottom.
    Last edited by Ronnieboy; 07-06-2024 at 10:26 PM.

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    HumptyDumpty:

    There actually is a rimfire 38 Extra Short, made by C D Leet during the 1862 to 1864 time period. This incredibly rare round is pictured in John Barber's book on page 4, and I actually lucked into one years ago. It stands out as the little brother to the standard 38 Short and Long, and has the difficult to find C.D.L. head stamp.

    I'm not sure what firearm it was designed for...........

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    I for one would like to see pictures of the cartridge and especially the head stamp. Please !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
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    I for one would like to see pictures of the cartridge and especially the head stamp. Please !
    I second the motion.

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    Working on it, I'm not moving as fast as I used too............

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