38spl Soft Point Vs Hollow point

38spl Soft Point Vs Hollow point

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    38spl Soft Point Vs Hollow point

    Just wondering for a 38 special round. The Jacketed soft point vs full metal jacketed hollow point. Whats the difference in these two rounds in a self defense situtation as far as the bullet being reilable and expanding and penetration.

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    For a defensive round, I would go with a good hollow point round. The soft nose I would think is going to have less expansion and could over penetrate. I shoot Federal hydra-shock 129g +p jacketed hollow points in my 637-S&W- but Im no ammo expert, some of the other posters could probaly give a better opinion.
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    ok thanks, i will look into some speer gold dot I think for the 38spl

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    Gold Dots are great ammo. If you're carrying a snubbie you might also like Cor-Bon DPX 110 grain hollow points. If I can find any locally I'll be loading my J-frame with them or Federal Nyclad, also a good quality .38 spl round.
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    I seen the federal nyclad whats the whole thing behind those????

    Also why use such a light weight bullet why not run like a 125-135 grain. The pistol I have is a short barrel I think 2"

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    Has anyone tried the Hornady 38 spcl 110 grain ftx critical defense yet?

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    Hello. Here's some observations on the Hornady Critical Defense Ammunition if interested:

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ense-ammo.html

    Best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbraves8 View Post
    I seen the federal nyclad whats the whole thing behind those????

    Also why use such a light weight bullet why not run like a 125-135 grain. The pistol I have is a short barrel I think 2"
    With a short barrel the velocity of the bullet is generally lower, thus a lighter faster bullet will attain better velocity from a short barrel.
    Here are some test results from .38 caliber guns and ammo:
    Ballistics by the inch

    The old Federal Nyclad bullets were made to reduce airborne lead, they were originally developed for NYPD because all their indoor ranges had been condemed for too much airborne lead. The coating was designed to prevent that. The ones I've fired seemed to get good velocity and leave the gun quite clean after firing, very little lead fouling compared to some others.
    I haven't been able to get my hands on the new ones to see if they are as good as the ones manufactured years ago, but I look forward to trying them.
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    I have fired .38 JSP into water, water jugs, and wet newspaper. None expanded at all. 0%. Even with longer barrels it didn't work.


    I have a stockpile of old Nyclads, and new ones on order. A great snub load. The bullet is soft lead and expands easy at snub velocities. The Nylon coating tears a lot easier than a copper jacket.

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    on the safe bet just go with the speer 135+P load from gold dot basically

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    or the 125 federal hydra shok. how does that round compare these days I hear its outdated. But there isnt many good 38spl SD rounds

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    I still like +P 158 grain semi-wadcutters best and don't really care if they feature hollow points or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen A. Camp View Post
    Hello. Here's some observations on the Hornady Critical Defense Ammunition if interested:

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ense-ammo.html

    Best.
    Thanks. I have some, and will buy more when I come accross them.

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