Favorite snubbie .38spl load?

Favorite snubbie .38spl load?

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    Favorite snubbie .38spl load?

    The S&W 642 I just acquired holds the distinction of being the shortest-barreled revolver I own. Since itís never before been a concern of mine, Iím looking for options on good carry ammo, specifically short barrel specific loads. Fireballs and recoil are okay, weird (unproven) bullet designs are not...

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    I load 158g LSWCHP for my snub nose revolvers. I can get about 900 fps. Also shoot them in my longer barreled guns.
    The Speer Short barrel factory loads use to be popular. I am sure there is probaly something better out there. I don't chase bullet designs trying to stay on top of technology.

    For jacketed 38 loads I would stay with the lighter bullets. I load a lot of Horady jacketed bullets. Takes some speed to get expansion. I mostly use them for 357 now days.
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    Federal HST 130gr +P in my LCR.

    Remington Golden Saber 125gr +P in speed strips for a backup reload.

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    I use Federal 130gr HST Micro in my Colt Detective Special. Check the ballistic tests done by LuckyGunner here... https://www.luckygunner.com/labs/rev...cs-test/#38spl
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    Federal Hydrashok Low Recoil has been my go to load for a long time now. A .380 more often is chosen these days but when the j frame comes out that Federal load is in the cylinder.
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    Speer 135 gr. Gold Dot SB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unisaw View Post
    Speer 135 gr. Gold Dot SB.
    The same for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unisaw View Post
    Speer 135 gr. Gold Dot SB.
    Quote Originally Posted by jmf552 View Post
    The same for me.
    Same here, too (in +P flavor) - no contest for an SD round in a .38 snub!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilowatt3 View Post
    Same here, too (in +P flavor) - no contest for an SD round in a .38 snub!
    Yeah, +P for me too. I just forgot to put that in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unisaw View Post
    Speer 135 gr. Gold Dot SB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by URIT View Post
    I use Federal 130gr HST Micro in my Colt Detective Special. Check the ballistic tests done by LuckyGunner here... https://www.luckygunner.com/labs/rev...cs-test/#38spl
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    Has anyone noticed that the lighter bullets are more accurate than the 158 grain ones?

    Are you finding the 135 gr Gold Dots shooting very close to your point of aim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizzly2 View Post
    Has anyone noticed that the lighter bullets are more accurate than the 158 grain ones?

    Are you finding the 135 gr Gold Dots shooting very close to your point of aim?
    Curious on this as well. It was my understanding that most .38 special wheelguns are regulated for 158gr at the factory...
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    In the 642 and M88 I prefer the Buffalo Bore 150 grain hardcast wadcutters. Although I have 158 grain LSWHC +P in my 4" and I would not hesitate to carry the 135 GD SB+P which are in my ammo supply as well.
    All my 38 reloads are Hornandy critical defense 110 grain +P for one reason only. They are the most pointed 38 loads I could find and they really make it much smoother for reloading either from speed loaders or quick strips. Not bad terminal performance either.
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    I just use a plain ol 158 weight LSWC loaded to about 650-700 Fps. Very accurate, easy to shoot, and plenty enough to do the job.
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