Ammo suggestions for '50s Det Spl.

Ammo suggestions for '50s Det Spl.

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    Ammo suggestions for '50s Det Spl.

    For a little variety, I'd like to start carrying my .38 Det. Spcl. again.
    It dates to about 1956.
    Any suggestions for a good defensive round?
    I hear Cor-Bon has a good HP.


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    better check to see if you can shoot +P in it as corbons are usually hot loads

    i carry federal nyclads in my Cobra which is the lightweight version of the DET sp

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    Buffalo Boar makes a nice non +p round for snubbies. I shot +p's in my Det. but it wasn't that old.

    IMHO if this gun has any sentimental or collector value I would think twice about carrying it. They ain't making no more of them.

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    I would definitely shoot a non-+P load in a '56 Detective Special.

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    Cor Bon

    Cor Bon doesn't list the non +P DPX anymore. I also have a good stock of Nyclads,but they're long out of production. The most commonly available standard pressure JHPs in my area are the Winchester 110gr Silvertip and the 110gr Hydra Shok. I also ordered a box of Remington 110gr SJHP, a mean looking load, but it was backordered last time I tried. I doubt you'd have a problem with 6 +P loads, but why risk such a classic old gun?

    If you want to go totally retro, why not some LRN?

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    It's not made for +p.
    And there is no sentimental value involved at all.
    Just like the gun and want to put it back into action.
    And I've got to get updated grips too.
    Those original little wooden grips don't make for comfortable shooting that's for sure!

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    standard - not +P

    Federal Low Recoil Personal Defense 110 grain Hydra-Shok JHP


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    Or...if all else fails, the Remington standard pressure 158-grain semi-wadcutter. I know, I'm old-fashioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon1 View Post
    Or...if all else fails, the Remington standard pressure 158-grain semi-wadcutter. I know, I'm old-fashioned.
    That would be my choice, also. Besides, the fixed sights on a 50s vintage Dick Special were regulated for 158 grain bullets.


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    Speer Gold Dot short barrel ammo, if you can find it locally I think you would like it. It's what I use in my snubbys. Besides its loaded with Gold Dots.
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    Come on now, give it what it was designed for! 158 grain round nose lead! Why let advancing technology ruin almost a hundred years of tradition?
    But seriously now, if it were me I would go with a standard pressure 158 LSWCHP. Sure, its not the latest and greatest wonder round, but you could do a lot worse, and in a .38 I don't know how much better.

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    Remington +P 158 lead semi wadcutter hollow point.

    That is one expanding an penetrating SOB.

    Your revolver is not going to fall apart if you shoot a few to familiarize yourself with them once or twice a year. After that, chances are they will sit in the gun forever.

    Practice with std pressure 158s.

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    What Smith&Wessonfan says.

    My 40-something year old Detective Special is dead on with +P 158 grain SWC's. Standard velocity 158 grain SWC handloads are used in it at the range.

    If a person is truly concerned about +P ammo (a tempest in a teapot in my view) then the standard velocity 158 grain SWC would be an effective choice.

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    Yep! Ditto on the Speer Gold Dot "Short Barrel" Ammo. Configured to give max low-flash performance from snubs without +P chamber pressure. I've run them in my S&W Aluminum framed 2" Model 12 and they're GREAT. In my SP101 3", the wife thinks she's Anne Oakley.
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    Hornady makes a 158 grain XTP that is non plus P.....

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