38 Special Ammo

The .38 Special cartridge is world-renowned and one of the most common self-defense cartridges in use today. A sought-after advantage is that it can be chambered in small revolvers that are easily concealed, but are still very powerful and accurate – ideal for personal protection. Learn More

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  1. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    43 In stock now

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    $45.00 Price

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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38SPVP
    • UPC 020892214859
  2. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    28 In stock now

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    $22.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38C
    • UPC 762344704937
  3. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 125 Grain TCJ-FN Ammunition

    7 In stock now

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    $225.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU LL38S17
    • UPC 047700355313
  4. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4171
    • UPC 020892201927
  5. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMC Ammunition

    48 In stock now

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38T
    • UPC 754908190003
  6. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain SJHP Ammunition

    13 In stock now
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    $23.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTP38S10
    • UPC 047700421605
  7. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain JHP Ammunition

    12 In stock now

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    $23.75 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 47.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38B
    • UPC 0762344709901
  8. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

    32 In stock now

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    $23.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38C
    • UPC 029465084035
  9. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 150 Grain LRN Ammunition

    43 In stock now

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4196
    • UPC 020892201934
  10. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain TCJ-FN Ammunition

    32 In stock now

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU LL38S17
    • UPC 047700355306
  11. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $24.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLT
    • UPC 020892220515
  12. Federal LE 38 Special +P Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWCHP Ammunition

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    $499.99 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38G
    • UPC 50029465084139
  13. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JSP Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WC381
    • UPC 020892211629
  14. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of +P 158 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38H
    • UPC 754908164813
  15. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FEB Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU CR38A
    • UPC 754908177417
  16. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

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    $510.00 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38N
    • UPC 754908170708
  17. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $25.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTP38S21 - 22283
    • UPC 047700427003
  18. SinterFire RHA 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain Frang. Ammunition

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    $25.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by SinterFire

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by SinterFire
    • American-made Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • SinterFire SKU SF38110RHA
    • UPC 856086004643
  19. Estate Cartridge 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU ESH38130
    • UPC 029465063818
  20. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain LFN Ammunition

    47 In stock now

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38U
    • UPC 754908193011
  21. Blazer 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    48 In stock now

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    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain FMJ Boxer Aluminum 38 Special Blazer Ammunition
    $27.85 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 55.7¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3519
    • UPC 076683035196
  22. Magtech 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWCHP Ammunition

    11 In stock now

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    $27.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38G
    • UPC 029465084134
  23. Sellier and Bellot 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

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    $29.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
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  24. Winchester 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

    8 In stock now

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38JHP
    • UPC 020892213173
  25. Remington HTP 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $29.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU RTP38S16
    • UPC 047700427102
  26. Magtech 38 Special +P Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 38 Special Magtech Ammunition
    $625.00 Price

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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech

    • New Condition
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 62.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU GG38A
    • UPC 754908174300
  27. Black Hills Ammunition 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain CNL Ammunition

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    $31.30 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Black Hills Ammunition

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Black Hills Ammunition
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 62.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • Black Hills Ammunition SKU DCB38N1
    • UPC 612710107018
  28. Winchester Super-X 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 148 Grain LWC Ammunition

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    $31.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 64¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38SMRP
    • UPC 020892201361
  29. Winchester Super-X 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LFN Ammunition

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    $32.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 64¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38CB
    • UPC 020892213555
  30. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $35.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 70¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38S1P
    • UPC 020892200180
  31. Winchester Super-X 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

    9 In stock now
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    $35.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Range
    • 70¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38WCPSV
    • UPC 020892201279
  32. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $19.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 76¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90324
    • UPC 090255903249
  33. SinterFire Special Duty 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain Frang. HP Ammunition

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    $15.75 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by SinterFire

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by SinterFire
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 78.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • SinterFire SKU SF38110SD
    • UPC 856086004650
  34. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 250 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $209.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 83.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 10090255903109
  35. Hornady Critical Defense Lite 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 90 Grain FTX Ammunition

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    $21.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 88¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90300
    • UPC 090255903003
  36. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 158 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $22.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 88¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90362
    • UPC 090255903621
  37. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $22.25 Price

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    • Made by Hornady

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    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 89¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 090255903102
  38. Magtech First Defense 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 95 Grain +P SCHP Ammunition

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    $18.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
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    • 20 Rounds
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    • Foreign-made Self-Defense
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU FD38A
    • UPC 754908188512
  39. Winchester Super-X 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP +P Ammunition

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    $45.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38S7PH
    • UPC 020892201323
  40. Winchester Silvertip 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of +P 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $45.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 92¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38S8HP
    • UPC 020892201330
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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 and 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 – with the revolver being the most common type of handgun for this cartridge. 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.

Today, bullet weights for the .38 Special can be found 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 lines. It is also 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.

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  • 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. "

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