This is obviously a newbie question. I pick up my new S&W 642, .38 tomorrow. Bought some ammo at Walmart today. Winchester 38 SPL +P, 125 gr JHP, Perosnal Protection. The dealer where I'm buying the gun sells a hollow point bullet for something like $18 for 20 shells. Wally World charged me $13 for 50. First question, is the WM ammo okay for carry/personal pretection, or is there something special about my dealers stuff?
I really only wanted to pick up a light round for range use, to get familiar with the gun. WM offered a FMJ at 130 gr, or this hollow point at 125 gr. for just a little more. At that price I choice the hollow point thinking I could kill two birds with one stone, cheap ammo to learn the gun with, but hollow point for protections.
Can someone set me straight (if I need to be set straight). My previous gun was a Glock 17. The 9mm ammo came in boxes (FMJ) of 100 for about $10, but I wanted a smaller, simpler gun to carry, especially on my bike as my wife and I roam around the country.
Oh, is a +P shell okay to shoot through the S&W 642?
Thanks for any help you might supply.