This is a discussion on .38 Special Snub Nose ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just plain old known them down 158gr.+P LSWC-HP. Proven and no false claims about it....
Just plain old known them down 158gr.+P LSWC-HP. Proven and no false claims about it.
I carry the Speer 135gr +p .38 in all my j frames.
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If you carry the LSWCHP or any of the semi-jacketed HPs as spare ammo in speedloaders or speedstrips, be careful. You may find that after some time banging around in a pocket or case, the soft lead gets deformed and the hollow nose is no longer neat and round. If you carry something like the Gold Dot or Gold Saber, or the fully jacketed CorBon, not so much of a problem. I carried an SP101 (now the girlfriends bedside gun) with Federal +P+ SJHP, and CorBon +P+ in the speedloaders for this reason. I have a J frame that I carry 125gr Nyclad in, but all the spares are Gold Saber. Probably switch to all Gold Saber eventually. You'll find the same problem with .357 too, at least I did. I once washed a Speed Strip ful of 125gr SJHP .357 and when I dug it out of the pocket, it was a softpoint. Call it an accelerated wear test.
Here's one more vote for the Speer 135 GDHP, which I use in my S&W 642. Another good load is the Winchester SXT 130 grain.
The old federal nyclads is what i carry when i pack a 38 dont think they make them anymore
lowflyer, i luv your idea of porn one more vote for the 135 gold dots
But let me say this...
My wife has the S & W 637...if you attempt to mug her she will shoot you...
The lead projectiles may or may not expand...but they 'still' hurt like h**l...
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Yet another vote for Speer GD SB 135gr & Coron DPX 110gr; both very accurate with good short barrel performance.
I have done a search on this site and the concensus seems to be that Speer gold dot is the recomended ammo.
Is this still the right load or is there now something better?
Thats what I use. 135 gr. Speer Gold Dots. I certainly do not know if it is the "best", but it is supposed to be pretty good. I don't obsess much about ammo. I buy good quality defensive ammo for my defensive handguns and try to practice a lot.
The 125 gr Nyclads have been mentioned a few times here - what are the boards experiences/opinions on this round? I'm not a wheelgun expert, but this is the round my Agency mandates for our
.38/.357s. What do you all think?
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Buffalo Bore heavy .38 spl., 158 gr. L.S.W.C.H.P.--G.C. (1,000fps/M.E. 351 ft.lbs.).
Their web site claims 1000fps from a 2 inch Smith and Wesson.