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iluv2shoot2 07-12-2011 12:29 PM

Ammo for non +P 38 special in home defense
 
I've been reading the thread on "best defense for 38 special" and all thats mentioned is +p ammo. What is best used in an older S&W 38 special? Do not want to apply excessive pressure.

moonpie 07-12-2011 02:14 PM

these days i use Hornady Critical Defense it's designed to expand at lower velocities and is gentle on my old snubby. my second choice is the old 158 grain lead semi-wad cutter (LSWC) http://www.hornady.com/assets/files/Critical%20Defense-Personal%20Defense%20Breakthrough.pdf

hiwall 07-12-2011 03:26 PM

I would use whatever you have on hand or what you like to shoot. I keep 115 gr. hollow points(NOT +P) in my smith. I carried 148 gr wadcutters for many years. When someone tells me to use +P or switch to 357 like they use, I ask them how their shells worked out on the last few guys that they had to shoot. Don't waste your money on special ammo that you may never use and is often less accurate. But do carry and keep your gun(s) handy at all times.

iluv2shoot2 07-13-2011 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by hiwall (Post 539609)
Don't waste your money on special ammo that you may never use and is often less accurate. But do carry and keep your gun(s) handy at all times.

Thanks for the advice gentlemen. I have been reading up on requirements in Alabama to get a CCW. I'm going to start hunting with a handgun, and I carry a pistol with me to fish. The snakes are pretty thick some of the places I go. Would love to get a Judge. As far as being handy, they are loaded and ready. What else ya gonna do? "Hey there BG, let me get my shells and I'll be right with you"

oznbolivia 07-14-2011 12:16 AM

With any firearm it doesn't matter how loud the bang but how you hit the target. Two in the head 99.9% of the time will stop the evil ones. 38 spl in a simiwad cutter is a good choice. I've an old colt that can handle +P but I know it is not good for it and the bang is really loud as compared to standard reloads. Find ammo that will give you 770 to 800 ft/sec velocity. If you can get a little more good, 125 gr jacketed soft points generally are close to 1000fps, that is out of a 4 inch or longer barrel.

Practice in all lighting and shooting from say behind a door or bed household cover. Hit what your shooting at and in a vital area.

Oz

Old_Brewer 07-14-2011 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by iluv2shoot2 (Post 540460)
Thanks for the advice gentlemen. I have been reading up on requirements in Alabama to get a CCW. I'm going to start hunting with a handgun, and I carry a pistol with me to fish. The snakes are pretty thick some of the places I go. Would love to get a Judge. As far as being handy, they are loaded and ready. What else ya gonna do? "Hey there BG, let me get my shells and I'll be right with you"

For snakes I use Speer shotcaps loaded with #9 shot. CCI also markets a ready to use 38/357 product. The shot is good at close range, up to about 10 feet, after that the pattern really spreads. If you are interested in starting to reload, Lee makes a low cost handloader set of dies, which do not require a press.

colmustard 07-14-2011 03:05 PM

For defense, I use hydrashok.


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