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.38 Short Colt


The .38 Short Colt (.38 SC) / .38 Short Center Fire (.38 SCF) was a heeled bullet cartridge intended for metallic cartridge conversions of the cap and ball Colt 1851 Navy Revolver from the American Civil War era.

Later, this cartridge was fitted with a 0.358-inch (9.1 mm) diameter inside-lubricated bullet in the 125–135-grain range.

About .38 short colt 

  • Type Revolver
  • Place of origin United States
  • Production history
  • Designer: Colt
  • Manufacturer: Colt


  • Bullet diameter .375 inches (9.5 mm) for original heeled bullets, .358 inches (9.1 mm) for some modern loads
  • Neck diameter .379 in (9.6 mm)
  • Base diameter .379 in (9.6 mm)
  • Rim diameter .445 in (11.3 mm)
  • Rim thickness .060 in (1.5 mm)
  • Case length.765 in (19.4 mm)

Ballistic performance

Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
93 gr (6 g) LRN 791 ft/s (241 m/s) 165 ft⋅lbf (224 J)
129 gr (8 g) LRN 777 ft/s (237 m/s) 181 ft⋅lbf (245 J)

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