Can Desert Eagle .357 shoot .38 special and .44 with .44 special?
I know .357 Magnum revolvers can shoot .38 specials and .44 Magnum revolvers can shoot .44 specials.
The problem is with the Desert Eagle. It probably can't feed properly on the magazine, but I'm not sure about that.
Can it at least fire the Special round safely and eject the shell and load in the next one?
Factory loadings would not, they wouldn't generate enough pressure to cycle the gas-operated action.
If you reloaded your own ammo, you could load .357 loads in .38 cases, and Magnum loads in .44Spl cases, but you'd be getting into a bunch of different problems, such as split cases from over-pressure, chambering malfunctions from the shorter cases in the Magnum length magazines, as well as a filthy chamber that would require a lot more scrubbing.
Bottom line, it might work, but would it be worth it, especially with the small difference in the price of cases, so why bother? Source(s): Personal knowledge, 30+years reloading, lifetime firearms owner, marksman(Expert-USMC).
with the 357. it might, but its like comparing apples and oranges, 38. spl +p 158 grain might, but remember, 38 spl is a revolver load, 357. is used in modern day semi autos AND modern day as well as old style revolvers
The 38's will work ok as they are a lighter load . I wouldn't trust a 357 in a 38.
I don't know about the 44's
A buddy of mine has a 357 Dessert Eagle and says he shoots 38 specials in it and has no problems
it would fire but probly doesnt have anough to work the slide
No. First of all the the 38 spl and 44 spl do not develop enough energy to move the slide on the Desert Eagle. They will not eject or load properly.
The chamber for these guns are designed to hold their respective cartridges. Both the 38 & 44 spl rounds are shorter than the magnum conterparts. So, you can get the rounds into the chamber but risk damage to the chamber by firing the too short rounds in them.
When I first got my .44 Mag. Desert Eagle I tried firing my plinking round in it. A handload of 7 gr. of WW231 under a 240 Gr bullet. The round did not develop enough engry to push the slide far enough back to eject the case. I had to switch gun powder to WW296 and load 22 grs of that powder to get enough oomph to move the slide reliably.
Keep in mind that the Desert Eagle is a gas operated system; changing springs (if you could even find lighter springs) won't work. You'd have to re-calibrate the gas ports.
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