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recommend a good .38 special- defensive round..

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by 09crue, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. 09crue

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    hello everyone, looking for recommendations for a good .38 special defensive round from a 2"snub revolver..it's rated for +p but doesn't necessarily have to be +p....thanks
     
  2. 1911ES

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    In my S&W 642 airweight, I use the Hornady Critical Defense FTX 110 gr. very accurate, with low recoil, and leaves a nice hole .... :scared:
     

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    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    Berto woo woo

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    These are the snub .38 loads I like, in no particular order:

    Buffalo Bore standard pressure 158gr LSWCHP (for steel K-frames, haven't tried it in a steel J-frame)
    Speer 135gr Short-Barrel GDHP +P (what I carry for reloads)
    Federal 125gr Nyclad HP (what I currently carry in my 642)

    I'd suggest getting a box of each, or any other load you're considering, and shoot them through your gun. Whichever one functions reliably and you can shoot with a good balance of speed and accuracy is probably going to be the best choice for you.
     
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  8. Ron3

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    I like Federal 158 gr Hydrashok +p+.

    In chrono tests people have posted it nearly always gets to 900 fps or faster even from very short barrels.

    It expanded fine and penetrated well in my non-scientific tests from a snubbie.

    It does have some muzzle flash and recoil on the down side however.

    That low-flash 158gr SWC LHP mentioned sounds like a good load, too. Only not in a lightweight snubbie because bullet-pull will be an issue.
     
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    In a M64/3" I carry 130gr Ranger bonded or 135gr Gold Dots.

    Bob :cowboy:
     
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    The speer 135gr gold dot was developed for snubbies in mind, but if thats not an option, I'd pick the 158gr Semi-Wadcutter HP +p .
     
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    The old FBI load is still hard to beat.
     
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    Speer Gold Dot 135gr +p or Corbon DPX 110 +p. The Corbon load is awesome but very pricey. In standard pressure 125gr Federal Nyclad or Hornady FTX 110gr. +p loads are a handful in a light snubbie but thats the way to go if you can shoot them well, if not the standard pressure loads might work better for you.