38 Smith and Wesson Ammo Question

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  1. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    Hi:

    I need to buy some 38 ammo for a S&W airweight as a gift, I am new to shooting, so am asking for advice on the right ammo to buy, will be used in a gun range. Also, any thoughts on where to buy in Denver area? Thanks.
     
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  2. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Which airweight? I would stay away from any +P in a older S&W airweight revolver. Some of the newer airweights are +P rated. What's stamped on the right side of the barrel?

    Good luck finding anything these days. Might try Googling ammoseek an ammo search site.
     

  3. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    IME, the best ammo for the very light snubbies is 148 grain wadcutter.

    158 grain semi-wadcutter would be my no.2 pick.

    If Cabela's or Bass Pro doesn't have any, try a police supply store.
     
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  4. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not all airweights were snubbys.
     
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  6. johnr710

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    thanks for the help, looks like Buffalo Bore has some!
     
  7. johnr710

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    this is what is on the barrel. Thanks.
     

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  8. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That looks like an older airweight. Should be a model number stamped on the yolk that's exposed when you release the cylinder for loading. Right under where the ejector rod lives when the cylinder is up. I'd avoid Buffalo Bore anything. Their 38 special runs very hot.
     
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  9. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    thank you I don't have access to it, so it will have to wait, appreciate the help!
     
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  10. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    There is a ton to learn!!!
     
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  11. PeeJay1313

    PeeJay1313 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I got a bit more dedicated into firearm about 10yrs ago. I still feel like a novice.
     
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  12. sheriffjohn

    sheriffjohn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The cartridges you need are .38 Special, not .38 S&W. The .38 S&W is a low-powered, outdated round. The .38 Special is a "modern" cartridge although well over 100 years old. The .38 special was the standard for police and some military usage for many, many years.

    .38 Special cartridges are available most everywhere in a wide assortment of loadings from wadcutters for target work to sophisticated man-stopping defense loads. Have fun !
     
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  13. Les Moore

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    Buffalo Bore is a little pricey, and generally heavier ammo. Might be all that's left right now, due to the ammo shortage.
    I would seek FMJ or JRN, no heavier than 158 grain, from S&B, Fiocchi, or even Winchester White Box, if you can get it.
     
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  14. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    Thank you, just what I was looking for! I appreciate it very much.
     
  15. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    thank you I will see what I can find!
     
  16. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That barrel says 38 spl +P. Carry the +P but practice with standard. Check your local Walmart or Academy if you have it and local gun stores.
     
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  17. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I almost forgot. Check out pawn shops too. A pawn shop here has the lowest priced 9mm in town.
     
  18. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    really dumb question, but going to ask anyway, what is standard? Thanks for helping educate me, had no idea this was so complicated! I used to run boat in Florida so should have known it is a different world. Just need to know what to buy to use in a range!! Thanks.
     
  19. johnr710

    johnr710 New Member

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    great idea never thought of that!
     
  20. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not +P which stands for Plus Pressure. Winchester or Remington semi jacketed hollow points are good rounds and the cheapest defense ammo out there. I carry 125 grain +P in mine but my practice ammo is hand loaded by me.
    Where about do you live?
     
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