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I have measured by chamber cast the 8 rifles in 38-55 in my safe and all are within the above specifications. covering over a hundred years2001 being the new and 1897 the oldest. have not changed in factory made guns although private parties can and do order special chamber reamers to any dimension.On game, the old cartridge performs all out of proportion to what the on paper specifications would lead one to believe. I shot only lead bullets out of my Marlin Cowboy .38-55 and a Uberti 1885 Hi wall in that caliber.JB My Great Grandfather thought so, but he voted for Democrats too, so not sure if it's a valid assessment. A few with factory barrels, a few with JES Rebored barrels (Best deal going... 9g under a 250 bullet od 20-1 lead will shoot tiny groups out of all my 38-55 rifles. One problem with this caliber is obtaining the proper size bullet size die.
My understanding of the physics involved in firearms grew exponentially after this pursuit. Moreover, it may be difficult to get a mould that will throw a bullet large enough to even be sized to .378-.379"-especially using an alloy of .That was my first open sight deer kill since 1970 but this time I was using a receiver sight rather than a barrel mounted blade.I had really hoped to recover that bullet since an exit was never expected. I shoot the Oregon Trail Laser Cast bullets in my Marlins.My Marlins have .379 groove diameter barrels and I have found that the bullet sized .380 shoot best in my rifles.Also, I have to use the RCBS Cowboy reloading dies for best results.