low recoil 38 special suggestion

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    low recoil 38 special suggestion

    Could you suggest a 38 sp round with low recoil to teach my mother with.
    4" barrel and full size revolver but, I'd still like to keep it real easy at first.
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    I'd say just avoid anything that is +P and opt for the heavier 130 or 148 gr. bullets.
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    If you know someone who reloads, try 2 grains of trail boss powder under 148 grain wadcutter. It's like shooting a 22lr. You might check with buffalo arms and get some cowboy loads for a 38. they tend to be milder than the typical factory load. good luck

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    Low Recoil Handgun Ammo

    Have heard the Hornady Critical Defense is low flash/low recoil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunsmoke16 View Post
    Have heard the Hornady Critical Defense is low flash/low recoil.
    Their standard Critical Defense is not a low recoil round but they do make one called, cleverly enough, Critical Defense Lite.
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    low recoil 38 special suggestion

    I can assure you that this is the definitive answer:

    Remington Express Targetmaster (R38S3) 148gr Lead Wadcutter

    This is the lightest load I've ever fired from 38 special. This load is confidence inspiring.

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    You basically need what's commonly referred to as a "cowboy load".

    The problem is finding it. I bought all my ammo prior to the election, so I'm not looking - but I was shocked that I couldn't find a single link for you that wasn't sold out.
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    low recoil 38 special suggestion

    I'd say be careful even with anything "not +P." My wife still can't handle a 130 grain standard 38 SPL in an SP101. It will be great if your mother can, but don't assume so. I'm watching the recommendations too.

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    Any brand 148 gr. target load. I like PMC. A lot of the 130 gr. FMJ's are mild as well.
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    I second the Hornady Lite loads. Can't find them locally tho. Have used Ten-X cowboy loads. Wife liked them.

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    Why the recommendation for +P loads when he wants low recoil?
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    Visit a gun show or order some 148 g LSWC rounds target. Recoil is extremly low. I load them all the time. Very accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jem102 View Post
    Why the recommendation for +P loads when he wants low recoil?
    Nobody has recommended +P loads. I told him to avoid anything +P and gwgw60 said be careful even when it doesn't say +P. Nobody has told him to seek them out.
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