any "lighter recoil" loads for .38 ?

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    any "lighter recoil" loads for .38 ?

    After learning on a .22 my wife is a bit intimidated by the recoil of a lightweight .38, thus not to excited to practice at the range. Any helpful advice would be appreciated. I realize the obvious help would be a heavier weapon, however she doesn't want the added weight when she does carry. I am just looking for alternatives to get her to do a bit more range work.
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    Look into 38 special wadcutters to get her in to it.

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    From what I have read, three are suggested. S&B Target Wadcutters, Georgia Arms 125gr Cowboy loads and Mastercast 100 gr LWC reloads.
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    Thanks folks, I'll check into those right away.
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    I carry 110gr Federal HydraShok rounds in my Model 60. They are marked "low recoil" and are a dream in the little gun.
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    following advice, found some Fiocchi wad cutters today at a shop i had never been in up in Clarksville TN. Going to let her give em a whirl Saturday after the snow melts.
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    +1 for the 110 grain Federal JHP. They shoot very well from my Model 649. A little heavier revolver than your "lightweight .38", true, but give them a try. I get a pretty tight pattern on the target and the recoil is very mild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    From what I have read, three are suggested. S&B Target Wadcutters, Georgia Arms 125gr Cowboy loads and Mastercast 100 gr LWC reloads.
    I use the GA cowboy loads; very light, cheap, and all day fun due to low recoil and low cost...........

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    The federal Nyclads are also lower recoils loads.
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    http://www.federalpremium.com/produc...un.aspx?id=828

    Federal 125 grain Nyclad HP............. for defensive carry. Just about any 148 grain wadcutter target load should work for her. Wearing a lightweight glove may help her with recoil sensitivity during practice as will soft rubber grips. Enclosed is a photo of my wife's carry gun.

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    As many have mentioned, either the Fedearl Nyclad load # P38MA, or the Hydrashok load # PD38HS3H are the two to get if you are looking for a low recoiling standard pressure .38 defensive load. I would avoid shooting wadcutter target ammo for defensive purposes.

    The Hydrashok 110 gr load leaves the muzzle at 980 fps, and develops 235 ft/lbs of energy. The Nyclad 125 gr load has a muzzle velocity of 830 fps, and energy of 191 ft/lbs.

    Keep in mind that many .380 Auto defensive loads have 190 - 200 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle. So the Nyclad load has no more power than a .380, and the Hydrashok load is only a little better.

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    The wadcutters are the trick, they have a lot less punch on the back side of the grip. Now she can enjoy some practice without the discomfort. Still gonna be carrying JHP's for carry time, if she ever needs to use it a sore hand will be the last thing on her mind.
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    Tell the wife to unload an equal amount of junk from the purse as a heavier handgun weighs and she won't notice the difference (and she'll figure out she didn't need that junk anyway).

    But there's not a chance of that happening, right?
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    Can't get much lighter than a .38 Sp. wadcutter. I used to use Federal Match, now mostly handloads. My 13 year old daughter likes them a LOT. I wonder if it is the recoil, or muzzle blast and noise that she dislikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Tell the wife to unload an equal amount of junk from the purse as a heavier handgun weighs and she won't notice the difference (and she'll figure out she didn't need that junk anyway).

    But there's not a chance of that happening, right?
    She doesn't even own anything but what most women would consider very smallish purses. And rarely actually "carries" those. Thats why the concern for the weight of the gun. But that would be good advice for most women. She IS an odd duck.
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