Which .38spl Load Would You Use?
I have ready access to two defensive loadings in .38spl for my snubby: Smith and Wesson LSWCHP 158gr+P and Magtech 125gr +P HP.
I've been advised on other boards against using the S&W stuff because "it's old." However, Nyclad is getting up there in years and it's still used when it can be found.
The S&W have been stored properly and the rounds look factory-new, no corrosion.
The Magtech does perform, at least on milk jugs. I've not tested the S&W though I plan to do so.
The argument has also been made that I should save the S&W for a collection. Well, I really don't collect ammo. If I should decide to do so, I have access to about 15 more 50 round boxes in better shape than the one I grabbed.
On top of everything else, I flat like the profile and, until I order some Buffalo Bore (waiting to see street results; Mr. H's tests were not encouraging), I'd really like to carry some 158gr +P LSWCHP.
I was told in an earlier thread on another board that this ammo was made for S&W by Fiocchi.
I am currently carrying the 125gr +P Magtech because it's newer, but I'd like opinions. I just can't imagine age alone having much effect on modern ammo.