Ammo Suggestions

Ammo Suggestions

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    Ammo Suggestions

    Hello Group, I recently purchased a Ruger LCR38 and was able to purchase some ammo with it. American Eagle, 130 grain, FMJ----target ammo--- 2 boxes and also 1 box of Magtech guardian gold 38 special plus P-----125 grain--JHP. I would appreciate any feedback from the group on American Eagle ammo and if there is anything out there that is better for range practice, for around the same price. $37.99 for box of 50!! I do not want to use any cheap ammo that does not burn clean. I have seen Winchester, Speer and Hornaday out there, but not that familiar with them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Please provide the Mfg. and the Mfg.'s pn#. Also, where online is the best place to purchase ammo at a reasonable price and not get raped on price. I realize that ammo is gold right now but seek the wisdom of the others in the group as to where they purchase online. I have seen bulkammo.com in several forums but no info could I find.

    Any information would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Shoot whatever is cheap. The gun does not care and it does not take any longer to clean. You are going to have to clean it anyway no matter what ammo you use. Federal, Remington and Winchester have always been my choice but these days, whatever you can get will do. I have a lot of .38 spl ammo from foreign manufacturers and theyare a little more dirty but as I said, I have to clean the gun anyways so it does not really matter if I have to use a few more patches. The carbon from the gunpowder comes off very easily. Lead from using lead bullets is tougher to clean.

    For carry take a look at the Remington Golden Saber .38 Spl +P. Cheaper than the Gold Dots from Speer and meet the FBI penetration tests through denim even out of a snub nose. The Hornady 110 FTX .38 Spl are a very good mild load. They too will penetrate to 12 inched through four layers of denim and then into ballistic gel. They are not very good through hard barriers though but then again neither are any of the .38 specials. If you want Speer, then go with the Gold Dot short barrel although I have seen them not expand through denim enough times to stop using them. There are also Federal Nyclad and the old FBI LSWC ammo that some prefer and I sometimes use. Google them to learn about them.

    The best part of a revolver is that they are not ammo fussy and unlike a semi auto, the innards are not all open and exposed to dirty so dirty ammo is not as much as a problem, if at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Dog View Post
    Shoot whatever is cheap. The gun does not care and it does not take any longer to clean. You are going to have to clean it anyway no matter what ammo you use. Federal, Remington and Winchester have always been my choice but these days, whatever you can get will do. I have a lot of .38 spl ammo from foreign manufacturers and theyare a little more dirty but as I said, I have to clean the gun anyways so it does not really matter if I have to use a few more patches. The carbon from the gunpowder comes off very easily. Lead from using lead bullets is tougher to clean.

    For carry take a look at the Remington Golden Saber .38 Spl +P. Cheaper than the Gold Dots from Speer and meet the FBI penetration tests through denim even out of a snub nose. The Hornady 110 FTX .38 Spl are a very good mild load. They too will penetrate to 12 inched through four layers of denim and then into ballistic gel. They are not very good through hard barriers though but then again neither are any of the .38 specials. If you want Speer, then go with the Gold Dot short barrel although I have seen them not expand through denim enough times to stop using them. There are also Federal Nyclad and the old FBI LSWC ammo that some prefer and I sometimes use. Google them to learn about them.

    The best part of a revolver is that they are not ammo fussy and unlike a semi auto, the innards are not all open and exposed to dirty so dirty ammo is not as much as a problem, if at all.
    Agree...all the rounds he listed are good choices. I am personally a fan of the old 158 grain +P Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point. It is an excellent load for snubbies. This load has carved its share of head stones when it was introduced into the conversation.
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    Here is a link to SGAmmo.com, they have some Remington in stock! ±29.00 per 50 rounds. Better than the MagTech IMHO!

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    I also carry a .38 LCR/...... for plinking i get whatever i can find. For carry I currently am using hornady XTP 125gr JHP. On a super un-scientific watermelon test they were quite impressive to say the least. I also like magtech ammo. I have used it for years and never had a problem so I think you are set with carry ammo as well. I wont get into an ammo debate, but remember this. even if a bullet doesnt expand, it still makes a hole, and a hole that you werent born with is a bad thing to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurahe View Post
    even if a bullet doesnt expand, it still makes a hole, and a hole that you werent born with is a bad thing to have.
    Yep! I agree! Nicely stated sir.....
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    I think all the big ammo makers have a 130-gr FMJ round which is fine for practice. The PMC version seems to be a bit hotter than the rest. Use whatever you can find, but you also need to shoot a few cylinders' worth of your carry ammo. Not only will it have slightly stiffer recoil (if +P), but more importantly, you need to see where the point of impact is (POI) in comparison to your practice ammo. A few inches difference is generally not a big deal in a belly gun... if you can keep most of your shots inside the scoring rings or head on a standard silhouette target at 15 yards, you're doing fine.

    Most of us don't have ammo catalogs at our fingertips, so asking for manufacturer's part numbers for ammo is a stretch. But the same internet connection that gets you here to DC can also get you to the ammo makers' web sites, so try these:

    Federal Premium Ammunition - Every Shot Counts
    Winchester Ammunition
    Speer Ammo - Home
    PMC Ammunition | Creating a legend... one shooter at the time!
    Shotshells - Centerfire Ammo - Rimfire Ammo - Remington Ammunition
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    I have a Ruger SP101 357/38 and I always use either Winchester or Remington 38 - 130 gr ammo and they are fairly clean. As for price it has been a while since I purchased any ammo but they did cost $15.97 per box of 50 a long time ago.
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