The 38 Super is a rim less cartridge desigbed for a semi automatic pistol and is not interchangable with 38 Special, which is a revolver cartridge, although it has been chambered in a semi auto before. Did your friend get a 38 Special revolver or a 38 S&W revolver or a S&W 38 Super?
A .38 Super may chamber as the case is a semi rimmed and not rimless (like the .32 ACP/7.65x17 Browning). I've fired a .38 Super case out of my .357 Mag Contender. Also the bullet will be undersize as the .38 Super uses .355" diameter bullets @ 36,500 PSI and the .38 S&W case generally uses a .360" dia and pressue is 14,500 PSI. However if it chambers do NOT shoot the Super in the old .38S&W.
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