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What is good in .38

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    Try Speer GOLD DOT .38 Spec +P 135 gr GDHP for short barrel personal protection. I was using 158 gr SWCHP +P but these are the BOMB!!
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    Federal 125 gr.NyClad's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justherenow View Post
    A Smith and Wesson Model 638 Bodyguard.
    Great choice for a snub gun. That's a more sensible choice than the Smith & Wesson Model 642 that I have. The Model 638 is just as snag free as the Models 442 and 642 are yet offers single action capability.

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    !58g HP LSWC or 125g HP. If I am going with a 158g bullet I prefer lead. For 125g bullets I like jacketed HP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RebelRabbi View Post
    Buffalo Bore Ammunition
    Heavy .38 Special +P Ammo - 158 gr. L.S.W.C.H.P. --G.C.
    (1000fps/M.E. 351 ft.lbs.) - 20 Round Box. $26.66.

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    Agreed with this.

    Even if it doesn't expand, the sharp-shouldered LSWCHP will still cut a .38" hole, and the heavier 158gr bullet should have enough momentum to penetrate to vitals.

    If I carried a .38, it'd be my choice.
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    I like the Hornady Critical Defense 110 non +P or 125 Nyclads. The Hornady 110's have better penetration. Very accurate ammo.

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    I use either GDSB 135 gr +Ps or Corbon DPX 110 gr +P depending on what I can get my hands on when I'm buying because from what I have seen both seem to penetrate/expand well even at lower velocities.

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