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    Hello and thanks for letting me be a part of your forum. I have an S&W 642-2 that I'll eventually get a carry permit for. Everyone says for personal defense I should load it with some sort of +P rounds. Here's the deal, I'm old.... I have arthritis in my hands and +P loads are very punishing. So, I was looking to bridge the gap between light recoil and still decent knockdown power. I was considering going with Federal PD38HSH 110 gr. Hydra Shoks. What do you think?


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    welcome from Utah. I've never shot that particular load, but I've always been impressed with the Federal HydraShok
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldnonry View Post
    Hello and thanks for letting me be a part of your forum. I have an S&W 642-2 that I'll eventually get a carry permit for. Everyone says for personal defense I should load it with some sort of +P rounds. Here's the deal, I'm old.... I have arthritis in my hands and +P loads are very punishing. So, I was looking to bridge the gap between light recoil and still decent knockdown power. I was considering going with Federal PD38HSH 110 gr. Hydra Shoks. What do you think?
    I believe The Hydra Shoks will be fine for you, the +p loads are no better than anything else without the proper shot placement. Buy something you will not hesitate to practice with also, a gun you are afraid to shoot is as bad as no gun at all.
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    Federal Low Recoil?

    Federal makes .38s in a low recoil round, having not shot them I can't speak to their performance but it is an option. Welcome to the form!




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    Use either the referenced low-recoil round, or a round featuring a heavy bullet travelling at low velocity.
    The slow, heavy bullet will produce less felt recoil (less perceived recoil) than will a lightweight bullet travelling at high velocity. In terms of recoil, the heavy, slow bullet will "push," and a light, fast bullet will "kick."
    To my arthritic hands, the push is much more friendly than the kick.
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    There is some very expensive ammo made by a company called Mag Safe. It is not popular here, and folks seldom talk about it. In my experience it is quite low on the recoil end of things because the bullet weight is kept low. They claim excellent expansion and penetration; but who knows what part is advertising hype and what part if real.

    FWIW, I carry their stuff for SD, but mix in some fmj stuff.

    If you are willing to gamble about 18 bucks, you could buy a few and see how they feel when you shoot them.

    Otherwise, just use plain old 38 sp.

    My sympathy about the arthritis, and I do hope that you are receiving appropriate medical help from a rheumatologist/immunologist, and possibly from a pain specialist.

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    I recommend the standard pressure .38 Special 158 grain SWCHP, from Buffalo Bore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    ...My sympathy about the arthritis, and I do hope that you are receiving appropriate medical help from a rheumatologist/immunologist, and possibly from a pain specialist.
    My experience: Celebrex is your friend.
    Its use needs to be monitored by an MD, since there can be damaging side-effects over time.
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