38 Special Ammo

The .38 Special cartridge is one of the most common self defense cartridges in use today.  One of the biggest advantages is that it can be chambered in small revolvers that are easily concealed, but are still very effective for personal protection. Learn More
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  1. TulAmmo 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    49 In stock now
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    $249.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
    • Discount Steel
    • 25¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA038158
    • UPC 814950016550
  2. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    41 In stock now
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    Price $300.00

    Price $284.99

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 28.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38A
    • UPC 754908161201
  3. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    8 In stock now
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    $289.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by MBI

    • Reloaded Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 29¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47954
  4. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    49 In stock now
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    $30.99 Price

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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by MBI

    • Reloaded Condition
    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 31¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47897
  5. TulAmmo 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    44 In stock now
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    $15.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by TulAmmo
    • Discount Steel
    • 32¢ Cost Per Round
    • TulAmmo SKU TA038158
    • UPC 814950011548
  6. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    52 In stock now
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    $16.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 33¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38A
    • UPC 754908105014
  7. Speer Lawman 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 125 Grain TMJ Ammunition

    6 In stock now
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    $330.00 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Speer

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Speer
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 33¢ Cost Per Round
    • Speer SKU 53733
    • UPC 10076683537338
  8. Speer Lawman 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain TMJ Ammunition

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    $340.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Speer

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Speer
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • Speer SKU 53899
    • UPC 10076683538991
  9. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    42 In stock now
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    $175.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 35¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S5
    • UPC 047700067711
  10. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMC Ammunition

    23 In stock now
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    $17.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38P
    • UPC 754908170210
  11. Speer Lawman 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain TMJ Ammunition

    48 In stock now
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    $18.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Speer

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Speer
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Speer SKU 53733
    • UPC 076683537331
  12. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    11 In stock now
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    $369.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 37¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38K
    • UPC 50029465091908
  13. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    2 In stock now
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    $375.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 37.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38A
    • UPC 762344860336
  14. Speer 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain TMJ Ammunition

    44 In stock now
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    $18.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Speer

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Speer
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Speer SKU 53750
    • UPC 076683537508
  15. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain SJHP Ammunition

    1 In stock now
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    $380.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38E
    • UPC 754908164707
  16. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    36 In stock now
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    $379.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G
    • UPC 90741569070105
  17. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 130 Grain MC Ammunition

    46 In stock now
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    $190.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S11
    • UPC 047700076119
  18. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

    25 In stock now
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    $19.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38J
    • UPC 754908161713
  19. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    21 In stock now
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    $385.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 38.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
    • UPC 50029465085013
  20. Aguila 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $19.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Aguila

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Aguila
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 39¢ Cost Per Round
    • Aguila SKU 1E382521
    • UPC 640420003146
  21. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

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    $389.95 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 39¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38C
    • UPC 50029465084030
  22. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

    43 In stock now
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    $19.75 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 39.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38C
    • UPC 754908107018
  23. Magtech Cowboy Action 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LFN Ammunition

    4 In stock now
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    $397.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign-made Range
    • 39.7¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38L
    • UPC 754908168002
  24. Federal American Eagle 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    42 In stock now
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    $19.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38K
    • UPC 029465091903
  25. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    46 In stock now
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    $19.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S5
    • UPC 047700067704
  26. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    54 In stock now
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    $40.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38SPVP
    • UPC 020892214859
  27. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain FMC Ammunition

    12 In stock now
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    $20.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38Q
    • UPC 754908184118
  28. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 300 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    37 In stock now
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    $125.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 300 Rounds
    • Made by PMC

    • New Condition
    • 300 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 41.7¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G-BP
    • UPC 741569050401
  29. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 148 Grain LWC Ammunition

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    $20.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38B
    • UPC 754908106011
  30. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    48 In stock now
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    $210.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4171
    • UPC 020892207875
  31. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 148 Grain LWC Ammunition

    6 In stock now
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    $21.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38LA
    • UPC 762344002057
  32. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 158 Grain LWC Ammunition

    41 In stock now
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    $210.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTG38S5
    • UPC 047700424613
  33. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $21.25 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 42.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38A
    • UPC 762344705101
  34. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    47 In stock now
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    $21.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
    • UPC 029465085018
  35. Magtech 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJSP Ammunition

    54 In stock now
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    $21.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Hunting
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38D
    • UPC 754908108015
  36. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    48 In stock now
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    $215.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 43.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38SPVP
    • UPC 50020892214854
  37. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $21.75 Price

    Qty:

    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 43.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38G
  38. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $21.99 Price
    • $20.75 each if you buy 5 -  save 6%
    • $20.25 each if you buy 10 -  save 8%

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 40.5¢ to 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38E
    • UPC 754908164714
  39. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $21.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WMAE38B
    • UPC 029465062590
  40. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 500 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $220.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTP38S21 - 22283
    • UPC 10047700427017
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38 Special Ammo Customer Reviews

  • Click To Purchase This 38 Special MBI Ammunition
    based on the 3 reviews below
  • Gene said:

    "They come in a convenient bag. They all fire when the trigger is pull. I see no variation in the ballistics,"

  • td said:

    "good for the price"

  • Bill said:

    "Purchased rounds for girlfriend, though she hasnt fired any yet they seem like quality target rounds. And all ''100'' where accounted for. "

  • Click To Purchase This 38 Special Remington Ammunition
    based on the 2 reviews below
  • Bobby said:

    "Will from u guys again great customer service "

  • Tomcat said:

    "I was looking for something to shoot that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. There were no 9mm or 22LR available so I bought these 38SPL rounds. They performed quite well and allowed me to shoot my old model 6. 4" heavy barrel S&W. Over all I am happy with the results."

  • Click To Purchase This 38 Special Magtech Ammunition
    based on the 1 review below
  • Old_Dude said:

    "This was my first order from Ammo.com and I was not disappointed. The 1000 rounds came packaged securely, was reasonably priced and arrived on time. I use these as range ammo in my 3 revolvers; S & W 686-6 357 mag, S & W Airweight 38 snub nose and my Ruger LCR 38 snub nose.They work and that's all I can ask. They perform well, and are fine for an indoor range with good ventilation. I will use these again. I also use Hornady Critical Defense 110 gr JHP in the 38s at home and Winchester in my 686 at home for self defense if needed. "

History of .38 Special Ammunition

Since being introduced in 1898, the .38 Special cartridge has been a significant part of the world of firearms. This cartridge was designed to improve on the .38 Long Colt which the U.S. military used at the time. The .38 Long Colt had limited stopping power and had proven ineffective against the wooden shields of the Moro tribesmen in the Philippines. More power was needed - enter the .38 Special. 

The .38 Special grew from this need to become one of the most well-known and frequently used calibers in the world today. Discussions of the .38 Special will no doubt include references to the iconic .38 “Snubby” revolver. This pistol with a short barrel was often carried as a back up gun in a pocket or calf holster by law enforcement and civilians alike. The .38 Special had a rich service life and was used by all branches of the military in the years between 1935 and 1985. Most frequently used as a self-defense/survival weapon by aircrew members, it was also issued as a duty sidearm to military police and security personnel.

The .38 Special is an accurate cartridge and has been popular among target shooters. The revolver is the most common type of handgun for this cartridge, but another option is the Smith & Wesson Model 52, a semi-automatic pistol with a five round magazine that can feed wadcutter bullets. The mild recoil of the .38 Special pleases practical pistol shooters, allowing shots to be fired in rapid succession.

Bullet weights for the .38 Special can be found today ranging between 95 and 158 grains. Bullet types vary from wadcutter to round nose and hollow point. These cartridges generate between 150 foot pounds of muzzle energy on the low end to almost 300 foot pounds at the high end. Commonly used for concealed carry, the .38 Special is available from many manufacturers in their premium self protection line. It is worth noting that .38 Special cartridges can be used as a lighter recoiling, less expensive alternative to full power magnum ammunition in .357 Magnum firearms.

The .38 Special has rightfully earned its place among the best firearms cartridges in the world through its qualities of accuracy, power, concealability, and availability.