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Gold Dot 135 Grain +p or Cor-Bon DPX 110 Grain +p.
Those are the best available at present.
I like a light weight hydrashok in a j frame.
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I like the Federal 158grn LSWCHP +P personally. There are many who beleive it to be outdated. But I like it. I have also carried the Hydra-Shok's as well. Best of luck!
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I used to carry the 158 LSWHP but I've been using the 135 GD lately. It shoots very well from my Smith and I can find it easier. A couple years ago, I shot the 129 Hydrashock into bare water. None of them expanded at all. Does the 110 do better?
158 gr.+P LSWCHP.
It's still tickin'.
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i'm getting addicted to powerball! Just so high tech and i'm slowly changing all my defensive rounds to it. Expensive, but from research i've seen, worth it.
I'm firmly in the +P 158 grain SWC camp. Hollow point or not it's the best choice for use in any .38 Special in my view. The Model 642 exhibits brisk recoil but is managable and the load is hard hitting, cuts a nice hole, and offers deep penetration.
158 grn LSWCHP +p or 135 grn GDHP +p for me.
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Gold Dot Short Barrel +P
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