## How much more powerful is a 38 or 357?

38 Special has a muzzle energy of 208 foot-pounds, while the . 357 Magnum logs a muzzle energy of 539 foot pounds. The comparisons we’ve given have the same bullet sizes, making it clear that the . 357 Magnum is more powerful.

## What is the difference between 357 and 38 special?

38 and . 357 are virtually identical. . 38 cartridges can be fired from revolvers chambered for the . 357, but the converse is not true; ….Comparison chart.

.357 Magnum | .38 Special | |
---|---|---|

Base diameter | .379 in (9.6 mm) | 0.379 in (9.6mm) |

Designed | 1934 | 1898 |

Rim diameter | .440 in (11.2 mm) | 0.44 in (11mm) |

**What has more stopping power a 38 or a 380?**

The . 380 has better stopping power than the . 38 special: “According to actual shooting results, the most effective .

### Is there a difference between a 357 and a 357 magnum?

Energy Comparison: 357 Mag and 357 Sig 357 Magnum often comes with larger projectiles, which would give it an advantage for muzzle energy. 357 SIG. The larger Magnum cartridge has lower speeds but a muzzle energy of 539 foot-pounds, while the . 357 SIG, a faster cartridge, has only 506 foot-pounds of muzzle energy.

### Why is 38 Special so weak?

38 Special is weak because of black powder per se. We are only including these historical tidbits to attempt to explain how the 9mm, despite having a smaller case, can handle higher pressures than the . 38 Special.

**Will a .45 stop a bear?**

There were four uses of . 45 caliber pistols against bears. All were successful. One was against a black bear, which was killed with additional shots, probably from another handgun.

## Which is more powerful a 357 Magnum or a 38 Special?

The .357 Magnum is considerably more powerful than its parent round the .38 Special. A . 38 Special full metal jacket round will hit with the force of 189 pounds of pressure per square foot at a subsonic muzzle velocity of 810 feet per second.

## What’s the muzzle velocity of a 38 caliber?

A . 38 Special full metal jacket round will hit with the force of 189 pounds of pressure per square foot at a subsonic muzzle velocity of 810 feet per second. A similar .357 Magnum cartridge with hit with 575 pounds at 1,440 feet per second.

**How big should the barrel be on a.357 Magnum?**

General purpose .357 Magnum revolvers should have 6″ or 6.5″ barrels. Of course, a 4″ barrel is intrinsically as accurate as a longer barrel and a bit easier to carry, but the longer sight radius provided by a 6″ barrel is definitely advantageous for precise sight alignment.

### How big of a barrel do you need for a 38 Special?

While a 2″-3″ barrel is fine for shooting .38 Special loads at short range and convenient for concealed carry, it is an abomination for a cartridge that must burn the volume of powder in a .357 Magnum case. The practical minimum barrel length for any .357 revolver is 4″.