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What does .38 caliber mean?

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Answered 2008-05-11 01:23:44

Caliber is the diameter of the bore of a firearm. It's expressed in hundredths or thousandths of an inch, as in .45 caliber or .380 caliber. Curiously, the actual diameter of a .38 caliber slug is 0.357 inch.

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