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spittinfire 02-27-2009 02:22 AM

Good 38 Special self defense round
 
Guys, my wife isn't good enough with a semi auto and she doesn't like shooting my 9 even when I help here. I won't hand her my 45 ACP and my 357 mag is out of the question. What I'm left with is my 357 being fed with 38s or 38 +P's. I'm looking for help with a good 38 round, any suggestions?

robocop10mm 02-27-2009 01:10 PM

Speer Gold Dot 125 gr .38+P. Gaping HP, 100% weight retention for adequate penetration and manageable recoil.

Bob Wright 02-27-2009 02:31 PM

My own current favorite is the Federal +P .38 Special with the 158gr. NyClad hollow point bullet. But I don't think these are still made. I really liked the old Winchester +P 158gr. JHP.

Bob Wright

robocop10mm 02-27-2009 03:10 PM

The Nyclad was a very good bullet for this app. I do not think they are making it any more. 158 gr +p may be a bit much for a recoil sensitive lady. don't want to scare her off.

Supar 02-27-2009 03:36 PM

I personally like corbon 110gr JHP +P. Light recoil and decent energy for a .38 at around 300ft/lbs.

stalkingbear 03-03-2009 04:10 PM

Robo got it right again! Possibly THE BEST .38 defense load currently being loaded.




Quote:

Originally Posted by robocop10mm (Post 75796)
Speer Gold Dot 125 gr .38+P. Gaping HP, 100% weight retention for adequate penetration and manageable recoil.


Quis custodiet 03-03-2009 11:48 PM

+2 on the Speer +P load.

Bob Wright 03-04-2009 03:10 PM

My own take on the 110~125 gr. JHP is their inability to penetrate deep enough at times. They often expand too fast and stop before reaching vital organs. This especially true in cold weather when heavy clothing might have to be penetrated.

Bob Wright

BeatlesSteve 03-04-2009 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by stalkingbear (Post 77586)
Robo got it right again! Possibly THE BEST .38 defense load currently being loaded.

I have a .38 Special Ruger SP-101 3" barrel, I bought the +P gold dot 135 gr bullets today. I have read a lot of good things about those bullets.

Do you have any experience with buffalo bore ammo? From what I have read the 158 gr +P bullet packs one hell of a punch based on the statistics.

spittinfire 03-12-2009 10:38 PM

Anyone have any experience with Hornady's Critical Defense?


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