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ammo suggestions for a .38 snubbie?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by raxar, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. raxar

    raxar Golliwog

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    I just picked up a taurus 85 DAO and am looking for some SD ammo for it. Currently ccwing it with winchester +p's in an unknown bullet weight (I had 15 sitting with my misc. .38 HP's). Anyone try the speer stuff designed to short barrels?
     
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    When I carried a snub, I carried Speer SB. Shot a few jugs worked fine.

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    G21FAN Useless loser Millennium Member

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    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    ".38 AND snub AND ammo" in SEARCH is your friend. This subject has got to be in the top ten of all threads.
     
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    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

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    I have been doing some plinking with the Winchester RA38B which is the same as the PDX1 and some RAS38P 38 +P 130gr SXT. My Charter Arms with a 2" barrel does well with both.

    I have not shot from the Charter Arms any of the RA38110HP Winchester Ranger 38 Special +P+ 110gr because I do not have a lot in stock.
     
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    Problem w/ many of the light bullet +P loads is they shoot way low. I like the 158grLSWCHP+P by Win or Rem.
     
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    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

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    I like the PDX-1 130gr. +P, but carry the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P.

    Another good choice is the Cor-bon DPX 110gr. +P.
     
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    Fred's right as usual. In my snubbie, +p ammo less than 158 grain requires some adjustment due to it shooting low. It's not gonna be cool to be known as the fella who shot the bad guy in the family jewels, hence 158 grain.
     
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    +1 on GDSB
     
  10. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    I carry 148 gr wadcutters in mine. Low recoil, flat surface and quick recovery and follow up shots. What's not to like?
     
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    I've read good things about the speer 135gr +P
     
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    Alchemy Senior Member

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    This, It's a tried and proven load. 158LSWCHP+P.
     
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    I use Remington 125gr. Golden Saber +P
     
  14. Eagle22

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    heaver gains in the .38s is what guys favor ??
     
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    fredj338

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    Again, most fixed sighted 38sp are regulated w/ 158gr ammo. Anything lighter shoots low, sometimes quite a bit low. FIne at contact/point shooting range, but as you hit the 7yd & beyond distance, I am on the sights & like my bullet to land where I have the front sight. The old school 158grLSWCHP+P still works, still expands, modest reciol & blast. The 135grGDSB+P is a good round, it may shoot close enough to POA to work in your gun, just doesn't work for me.
     
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    Old School - 158gr +P LSWCHP or Fed Nyclad +P 125 gr HP

    New School - Speer 135gr +P GDSB

    Old School still works just fine, but as my ammo supply fades, I'm moving towards the Speer.
     
  17. ithaca_deerslayer

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    I shoot 158gr +P because I don't believe a snubbie .38 in a 9mm bullet weight can get up to 9mm speeds.

    Sorta like, either slow and heavy, or light and fast. In 9mm I shoot 124gr.

    148gr wadcutters are fine for .38, too. Reduces recoil for those concerned about that.

    Just my way of looking at it.
     
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    Yup..

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  19. LT642

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    We issue the Speer GD, 135gr, +p, to our folks who carry a j-frame, it was designed for the j-frame as I recall. We issue it to our detectives and others to choose to carry a j-frame as a bug or off duty gun.
    I don't think you could go wrong with any of the Speer ammo.
     
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    The only load designed for a 2" barrel is the Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P JHP. They have a good reputation. That's whay I put in mine.
     
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