new .38

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by dsheppard, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. dsheppard

    dsheppard New Member

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    I just got on old Smith and wesson .38 special that was my great grandfathers. Its in good condition for how old it is. My dilemma is that you can't shoot +p through it. I want some ammo that could stop something in its tracks but won't cost an arm and a leg.
     
  2. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If you want to "stop someone in his tracks" you need a shotgun, not a handgun. Handguns, even the most powerful ones are woefully inadequate man stoppers.
     

  3. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    Unfortunately ammo prices suck no matter what caliber, or even gauge. As far as non +p 38 defense ammo, i believe a good choice may be federal 110 grain hydrashock. Now you might want to reconsider using that gun for sd/hd as in some jurisdictions they confiscate pending the outcome of an investigation, and that piece being a family heirloom and all. That said, the 38 is adequate to the task, and if its all you have and you cant afford anything else right now than stick with it until you can.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    First gun?
     
  5. dsheppard

    dsheppard New Member

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    No not first gun I've got several other shotguns rifles and 3 more pistols. I've got a .9mm rugar as my cc but I'm the type that beleives a gun should be loaded and ready in case it was needed. Its not my first choice but I want to know that if I had to I could defend myself and my family
     
  6. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    I can respect that. I keep the heirlooms loaded as well, as last resort dont have time to reload, etc. I dont like to keep a gun that doesnt have a purpose, doesnt have sentimental value, or that i dont like. I had bought a cz27, was too expensive to shoot a bunch for fun, and i didnt trust it as a backup or carry weapon so i sold it. Back to your 38, there are a few standard velocity defense capable loads. Any stabdard pressure with a semi-jacketed hollow point, or regular jhp.
     
  7. dsheppard

    dsheppard New Member

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    I always keep hollow points in my .9mm i have just sewn some massive loads. 157 grain bullets. But I think that would not have enough distance
     
  8. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    I have a S&W model 36 that was handed down. It was a backup gun from the 50's. My wife has it as her protection with hollow points. Recoil was not a problem, more of a fit in her hand thing. It will do the job. I carry a Colt Gov.
     
  9. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow New Member

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    There is nothing wrong with a 38 spl. Loaded with 158 gr FMJ ammo it will do just as much damage as a +P 9mm HP. If you don't trust it I will be more than happy to baby sit the 38 for you. :)

    If you check around you might find 158 gr JSP ammo for it.
     
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  10. HOSSFLY

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    Hell, theres a old Victory Mdl S&W 38spl that my wives father left her in a glass topped display case just behind me thats loaded :cool:
     
  11. BlackWidow

    BlackWidow New Member

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    Try the Buffalo Bore hard cast 150gr wadcutters. Excellent defensive ammo for older .38s that require standard pressure ammo.
     
  12. oldcoptn46

    oldcoptn46 Member Supporter

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    I keep Hornaday Critical Defense in mine.
     
  13. dsheppard

    dsheppard New Member

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    Thanks for all the tips guys :)
     
  14. ricepaddydaddy

    ricepaddydaddy New Member

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    Hornady makes a standard pressure load using their 158 grain XTP hollow point at an advertised velocity of 800 fps. It should work just fine.
    This is what I keep in an old Colt Police Positive Special that I have.