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Why is there no love for the .38 SPL?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by FobulousGlock, Mar 6, 2010.

  1. FobulousGlock

    FobulousGlock

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    It seems that people argue that 9mm is a great SD round but when I bring up the .38spl, I get no love.

    9 mm is great compared to .40 or .45 but .38spl is for pansies who can't handle a .357 or larger.

    I would trust my life to a 158 gr .38 +p round over a 115 gr +P round in 9mm given the choice. again, this isn't meant to bash the 9 mm round in anyway. I am just curious...and bored...:tongueout:
     
  2. mike253

    mike253 NRA - IWLA

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    Both are adequate (my carry guns are a G19 and a 638) but given the choice, I'd rather have 10-15 rounds of 9mm over 5-6 rounds of .38 SPL
     

  3. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay

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    I'm pretty secure in my affection for the .38 SP +P hollow points in my S&W.
    Goes with me everywhere but shower and bed, or where prohibited by law.
    A true bad-*** round.
     
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    Not that I think .38 special +p isn't adequate for self desense, but I'll take 13 rds of .40 s&w or 15 rds of 9mm +p over 5 rds of .38 special out of my s&w 637 on any day of the week that end in Y. I mainly use the .38 as backup or when the G23 is just not appropriate for what I'm wearing as far as conceiling it.
     
  5. old dog copper

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    Therein lies the rub: I've loaded and fired thousands of rounds of .38's and was issued a S&W Combat Masterpiece as my firsat duty weapon. Times change and instead of the opposition being armed with a pretty low level revolver, they now carry high cap autos and worse yet, ak's. 38's are fine but we gotta keep up with, no, surpass the competition...
     
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    Mainly because you don't see it in a semi-auto with 10-19 round mags. But other than that I would trust my life to it. Been around since 1899/
     
  7. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

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    I have a 642-2, a Detective Special and an SP101 that I shoot 38 Special through. It's a decent little round but not as good as a 9mm.
     
  8. FobulousGlock

    FobulousGlock

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    hmm all good points. Hopefully I won't ever have to blast off more than 6 shots out of my Smithy to drop the BG.
     
  9. craig_o

    craig_o CLM

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    I keep .38 in my .357 snub usually... I don't feel under-gunned.

    And - mercy! - I use Rem Golden Sabres for both. Yeah, that's right... medium velocity magnums.
     
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    Hydraulicman

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    I think most people just shoot an auto better. I like my .38's and they are a joy to reload to boot
     
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    Yep. It is and has been a great SD round for a long time.

    With practice, a snubby is one of the best (convenient, comfortable, reliable) carry weapons you can get.
     
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    faawrenchbndr CLM

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    I prefer my 1911 or my G19, but I've never felt "under-gunned" with my 642

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    youngbuck He's Tyrone!

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    I think maybe the 9mm vs a .38spl is an unfair comparision so how about the .380 pocket pistols vs .38spl? i mean both are gonna give you bout the same possible number of shots, small for concealment. obviously its better to have a full sized auto if worst comes to worst but still...ive been debating on getting a diamondback .380 or bersa thunder .380 vs a ruger lcr .38spl
     
  14. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

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    I prefer a .38 over a .380 any day, and you are right; that is the truer comparison. A jframe is a pocket gun, so compare it to other pocket guns.
     
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    Ballistically .38 +p is about the same as regular 9mm, 9mm +p and +p+ have significantly better ballistics. 9mm range ammo is also significantly cheaper, except for pocket 9's most 9mm handguns have at least twice the capacity of a revolver, usually three times as many rounds, and I've shot a few .38 revolvers, and even large heavy revolvers had more felt recoil than my polymer 9mm's. So, personally I don't like .38 SPL because 9mm handguns have a more powerful round, cheaper and more modern ammunition, 2x-3x the capacity and less recoil, basically 9mm is superior in every way.
     
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    Cole125 Silver Member

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    What do you mean no love for the .38 special? J frame revolvers, nearly all in .38 special are the most common carry guns by far.

    With modern self defense loads the two are nearly identical. Also as most of you probably realize, .38 special can fire heavier bullets than 9mm.
     
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    Historian NRA Benefactor Lifetime Member

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    Is anyone really be into guns and not have a snub .38?

    Sorry. It's a classic...and better yet...it's a decent defense round. A lot of cops carry them as backups or off duty firearms.

    It's no 10mm...but then again what is? :supergrin:
     
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    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

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    I have .38 Special S&W model 64's stashed all over the house, as well as a couple 870's.
    The lowly .38 is also my practice round of choice.
     
  20. Fox

    Fox Varmit Control

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    That's because you handicap yourself with factory ammunition.

    Get into handloading, the .38 Special has so much more potential than the 9mm Parabellum.