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The 38 S&W is a bit of an oddity round.. it's not like the 38 spl...with a diameter of .357, it's a .361 diameter bullet. Its also one round that had a heck of a service life being first made in 1877 and used in the S&W Model 2, and used by Britain well into the 1960s.
The bullet diameter is kind of a carry over from the black powder era, basically it's roughly a 36 caliber black powder ball measurement, then throw in heeled bullets and other designs from those days. This is a good explanation of the whole mess. http://blog.westernpowders.com/2017/04/caliber-confusion/
neat, learn something too. thanks for sharing.