Best .38 Special load for Snubbies

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by KalashnikovJosh, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. KalashnikovJosh

    KalashnikovJosh New Member

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    Recently,Firearmstalk had a great article about .38 Snubs.

    I'd like to hear what you guys might consider the best load for these guns?

    Some people like standard wadcutters,some people like the "Chicago load" represented by a 158gr soft lead semi wadcutter hollow point,and some like the relatively new "New York load" which is the 135gr Speer Gold Dot JHP,made expressly for snub nose revolvers.

    Theres a bunch more,like the "treasury load",which I think is a 110gr JHP,and theres other new stuff like the Barnes all-copper JHP.

    What do you ya'll like?
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For legal reasons, it is best to run with factory loads for self defense. I like the Hornady Critical Defense.
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    The lighter bullets seem to be best in snubbies.
     
  4. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Do you have and legal rulings indicating supporting that statement?
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have heard a bunch of people give that advice. But I have never heard of a single case. I carry handloads all the time. If I am forced to shoot someone someday I believe that what load I chose to use will be the least of my problems.
     
  6. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    There have been law suits already where the person had used reloads for self defince and the lawyers tryed to base the suit on the reloads being cruel because they were so much more powerful them factory loads. I know of only one that was a judgement against the defendant for this reason, and that was in Ca. the others I have read about lost the case.

    I personaly use reloads in my .38 and will do so regardless of what a fat assed lawyer thinks.
     
  7. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I like the Gold Dot short barrel load. Shoots well out of my S&W.
     
  8. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    do you have a link to the case in CA?
     
  9. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Wish I did, I used to save all links and after the last HD crash I gave up on most links but I will look to make sure
     
  10. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The old "Metro" load, or "FBI" load worked well for 50 years. It still works for thousands of experienced detectives today.

    158 GR lead SWCHP +P
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    There are newer loads out there, but I'm not convinced there's a better one.
     
  11. hogdoc357

    hogdoc357 New Member

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    I personally like the following ammo for my Ruger LCR:
    1) Buffalo Bore .38 spl 150 gr. Hard Cast Wadcutter
    2) Carbon DPX .38 +P 110 gr.
     
  12. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

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    My S&W 340PD has "No less than 125gr bullet" engraved on the ejector housing. I use 135gr Gold Dot Short Barrel in it. 38 or 357 ammo.
     
  13. Wiebelhaus

    Wiebelhaus New Member

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    I like hornady critical defense of course but I prefer Gold Dot 158gr HP +p's.
     
  14. oldpapps

    oldpapps New Member

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    Back before I dumped all 'little' pistol rounds, I favored loading inverted hollow based wad cutters. Soft lead and that big gaping hole. Two inch (1 7/8 inch) barrels with a trench and blade for sights. Up close work only for me. Carried a little S&W 60 for years in an ankle hostler.

    Now I feel the venom coming.

    The question was asked and I answered.
     
  15. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That's a damn good load, and it's saved a lot of lives, regardless of what Marty Fackler says.:p
     
  16. Sport45

    Sport45 New Member

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    I load mine with Remington 158gr LSWCHP +P's.
     
  17. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Most of the older guns advised 158gr