My 38 Special Ammo test

My 38 Special Ammo Test

This is a discussion on My 38 Special Ammo Test within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just bought a Ruger 38 cal LCR snub and tested a couple loads today. First bullet is a Remington 125+p. This bullet chronographed an average ...

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    My 38 Special Ammo test

    Just bought a Ruger 38 cal LCR snub and tested a couple loads today.

    First bullet is a Remington 125+p. This bullet chronographed an average of 910fps and opened to .42cal measuring one direction and .50 cal measuring the the other direction on the face of the mushroom.
    It penetrated 4 one gall size water filled milk jugs. The outside temperature was 75 degrees.

    Second bullet is the Remington 158+p LSWCHP. It opened to .62 cal and penetrated 3 milk jugs. This bullet chronographed to an average of 810fps.

    I was surprised that the recoil was a little more with the 125 grain and it penetrated deeper than the 158. Still I belive the 158 with the larger mushroom will work better for defense. My reload is always plain old swc just in case deeper penetration is needed.




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    I'm carrying those 125+p's in my DS.
    Thanks for this info... It's good to know.

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    I've had excellent results from the Remington +P 158 grain load. It seems to beat out both Winchester's and Federal's version of the same load for velocity. Some say the Remington bullet is softer so aids in expansion. I can't say as they all seem about the same to me.

    Of course no +P 158 grain load out there can touch Buffalo Bore's performance with their 158 grain +P load.
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    The SWC's can be hard to reload quickly from sleedloaders or strips, and if you carry a lead or SJHP around the tils get beat up. I prefer to carry a rounded JHP like the Gold Saber or a hard pointed bullet like the DPX in my spare carriers. They reload fast, don't get beat up, and (especially the DPX) should give you plenty of penetration if you need it for "plan B". I'm lucky enough to have a big supply of 158gr SWCHP+P Nyclads from Federal in the snubs, but carrying it in a pocket or a loader pouch would beat it up pretty quick.
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    The Cor-Bon 147 Grain Full Metal Jacket makes good sense for speed loaders. I carry spare rounds in a nylon pouch like this.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=159324

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    I've had excellent results from the Remington +P 158 grain load. It seems to beat out both Winchester's and Federal's version of the same load for velocity. Some say the Remington bullet is softer so aids in expansion. I can't say as they all seem about the same to me.

    Of course no +P 158 grain load out there can touch Buffalo Bore's performance with their 158 grain +P load.
    +1, but I'm nervous running that hot load through my LCR for some reason. Thought about getting some, but just can't get past the numbers for the BB round verses the lightweight construction of the LCR.
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    I am still 'old school' and carry Silvertips.

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    Great info. thank-you!
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    As far as the BB 158+p stuff. That stuff is running over 1000fps out of a 2 inch tube. I think the recoil would be to much for a light weight snub. You would have to also worry about the recoil causing the lead bullets move out of their cases causing the cylinder to bind.
    As far as silver tips. They have not penetrated very well for me in the past. I shot a 20 to 25 lb coyote in the ribs with a 125 st from a 4 inch 38. After trailing him about 40 yards I found that the round did not exit the far side.

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    Buffalo Bore's Standard Pressure FBI load (Item #20C at 854 fps from a snubnose) is better than their +P version for controllability purposes, has less recoil in my LCR than Speer's snappy 135-gr. +P Gold Dot, and shoots to Point of Aim at 21'.
    Aim for the Thoracic Triangle Area between the armpits and the base of throat.

    1. Shot Placement: Center Mass Between the Armpits & Base of Throat
    2. Heavy for Caliber Bullet Weight / Construction
    3. Choice of Caliber

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    I'd like to know how the Speer 135 +p short barrel compares in the same test. That is what I have been considering for my snubbie.
    http://www.speer-ammo.com/products/short_brl.aspx

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    Good info. Thanks. I just got the LCR for Christmas.
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    Aim for the Thoracic Triangle Area between the armpits and the base of throat.

    1. Shot Placement: Center Mass Between the Armpits & Base of Throat
    2. Heavy for Caliber Bullet Weight / Construction
    3. Choice of Caliber

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    Try the Speer Gold Dots 135 gr. + P for short barrels.
    It shoots best from ALL my snubnose revolvers.

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    Cool

    Another .38 spl + p comparison.......


    http://hipowersandhandguns.com/38%20...mmo%20test.htm
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