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Old 03-17-2009, 08:21 AM   #11
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Had the same issue with my wife. I keep Speer Gold Dot 125gr 38+p in our Ruger Service Six 357mag. This load works quite well for her.

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Old 03-19-2009, 07:42 AM   #12
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The Speer Gold Dot will do for light weight 38s. The best 38 defense load is the Remington plus p 158 grain semi wad cutter hp. I believe they are a little softer than Winchester and Federal.

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Old 03-25-2009, 10:32 PM   #13
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My wife shot 130gr FMJ Reminton's this past weekend. She shot a 4" group at 10 yards. I"m going to load hers with 125 +p Gold Dots. With the laser grip she'll be fine. Than you for the input and any input further would be appreciated.

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Never thought I would have owned a .38 Special until I won one at a Friends of the NRA benefit. Had the same problem finding a suitable self defense round that my GF could control. I carry Corbon's in my HK .40 and paired my S&W Hamerless J frame (sporting NRA logo'd Crimson Trace laser grips) with the 38 Special+P 110gr DPX. Definately the girlfriend's favorite weapon. Recoil does not seem to bother her, but the 8-9 pound trigger pull does.

The bullet on these Corbon loads is from Barnes. Supposed to retain 100% of it's weight on impact. Hopefully, that will never have to be tested.
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Hornady is making a new hollowpoint handgun bullet that is designed to defeat clothing with a plastic tip and then expand with devastating effect. Check it out.

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The following is from a 1996 Guns & Ammo article titled "Street-Stoppers". Unlike computers, ammo and ballsitics tests don't become obsolete!


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For quite some time, the 158gr. lead hollow-point was the top street load at 78%. This load did, indeed outperform the 110gr.JHP(+P+) against car bodies. More recently, the top .38 Special load was the Cor-Bon 115 gr. JHP (+P+) with an impressive 83% one-shot record. This was an update to the Police-only "Treasury" load and it was available to all shooters. Winchester and the St. Louis Police invented this SWC lead HP circa 1972. While the hyper-velocity 110 gr. (+P+) load produced mostly spectacular results and occasionally dismal results, the St. Louis lead hollow-point was much more consistent. These loads produced 77 to 78% one-shot stops regardless of clothing, car bodies, or other barriers. This load remains as one of history's best loads from duty-length revolvers. However this reputation does not carry over to shorter-barreled guns. The velocity loss from snub-nose barrel lengths must be made up by going to lighter bullets. This explains the growing popularity and street success of the 125 gr. JHP's, led by the Federal (+P) version. This load expands to .69 cal. and penetrates 12.2 inches of calibrated gelatin. These JHP's produce 73% one-shot stops.
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I like the 125gr XTP from Hornady.

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I have shot the Hornady critical defense 38+P at the range. Very accurate at 15 to 20 yards with LCR, LOL and you can feel the power.

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Anymore all I use is Hornady Critical Defense . Great ammo .

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #20
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speer +p or maybe even try the new Critical Defense rounds that are out there. I heard that they are a pretty decent hitting round and expand uniformly and reliably.

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