Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Revolver Handguns > which 38 spl ammo

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-12-2013, 02:36 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 329
Liked 64 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default which 38 spl ammo

okay i have a 38spl with a short barroll

whats the best ammo and why

light or hevey
fmj or lead

__________________
robertusa123 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 02-12-2013, 02:40 AM   #2
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
c3shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
Posts: 16,380
Liked 8439 Times on 3661 Posts
Likes Given: 1301

Default

At one time I would have said 158 gr lead SWC- go for penetration. The HP rounds that were being loaded "back in the day" just did not expand at snubby velocity.

However, there are some much better loads being made for self defense today. Personally partial to Speer and Hornady, but there are other good ones as well. Check the ammo makers websites, and look for Self Defense rounds for a snubby.

__________________

<--- Your Moderators at our weekly Troll Hunt

c3shooter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 02:47 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
hiwall's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cleator,AZ
Posts: 3,259
Liked 698 Times on 448 Posts
Likes Given: 226

Default

I prefer light bullets.

__________________

Just walking on the edge of of my grave.

hiwall is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 03:22 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ninjatoth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Near Saginaw,Michigan
Posts: 1,433
Liked 124 Times on 99 Posts
Likes Given: 37

Default

I like to look at this page and get some real world numbers of a few different factory loads in various guns:

http://www.ballisticsbytheinch.com/38special.html


Then I like to go to this page and enter the numbers to get more specs like energy:

http://www.beartoothbullets.com/rescources/index.htm

__________________

S&W 915 9mm
Mossberg 500 Mariner 12ga
1945 Win 94
Ruger MKIII 22/45 4"
Savage MK II
Ruger SP101 .357
Kung-Fu Moves

ninjatoth is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
Retired
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
danf_fl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: LA (Lower Alabama),FL
Posts: 10,063
Liked 2664 Times on 1551 Posts
Likes Given: 1182

Default

If the firearm is rated for +P ammo, that is where I would look for self defense ammunition.

But even then a steady diet is not good, so I would go to the store and purchase target loads for the range and self-defense for other stuff.

__________________

Amendment II:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Life Member NRA
Life Member NAHC
Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)

danf_fl is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 03:21 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 329
Liked 64 Times on 41 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

the gun is a vintage smith and wessen chief special not pluse p rated but i have seen a bunch of self defence loads advaibal in regular old 38 spl im leaning tourds the Hornady rounds 125 jackeded hollow point

__________________
robertusa123 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 03:37 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
The Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York City,Long Island, NY
Posts: 23
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

I have a 38. snubby, +P rating. I use Remington Golden Saber +P 125 gr HP. for carry purposes. I think for your gun, 125 gr copper jacket HP rating is fine. Do not use +P round. For target shooting, I'd suggest a 148 gr lead wad cutter round.

__________________
The Man is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
1000 Rds Sellier & Bellot 9mm Brass Ammo w/ Two .50 Cal Ammo Cans - $213 shipped Slickguns Sponsor Display 0 10-16-2012 07:28 PM
Ammo question about Aguila .22 LR Sniper Subsonic 60-gr ammo somawas .22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion 23 06-27-2012 11:21 PM
gunpowder - civilian ammo vs military ammo erandyc AR-15 Discussion 10 03-02-2012 06:32 PM
45 cal. Ammo - Sources of Bulk Ammo for Practice? bf109 Semi-Auto Handguns 15 09-04-2011 07:44 PM
Revolver and rifle ammo - save of ammo??? jbscuba Revolver Handguns 20 11-21-2010 09:52 PM