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 +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $28.99 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38JHP
    • UPC 020892213173
  2. Sellier and Bellot 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain TMJ Ammunition

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    $32.25 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
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  3. Winchester Super-X 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC 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 Range
    • 70¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38WCPSV
    • UPC 020892201279
  4. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of +P 158 Grain LWC Ammunition

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    $37.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Range
    • 74¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38SPD
    • UPC 020892201354
  5. 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
  6. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 250 Rounds of 158 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $194.99 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 78¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90362
    • UPC 10090255903628
  7. 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
  8. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 250 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $199.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 79.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 10090255903109
  9. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 250 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $204.99 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 82¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90311
    • UPC 10090255903116
  10. Federal Premium 38 Special +P Ammo - 20 Rounds of 129 Grain Hydra-Shok JHP Ammunition

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    $16.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU P38HS1
    • UPC 029465088323
  11. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $21.25 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 85¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 090255903102
  12. Winchester Super-X 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP +P Ammunition

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    $43.00 Price

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 86¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38S7PH
    • UPC 020892201323
  13. Winchester SilverTip 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of +P 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $435.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 87¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38S8HP
    • UPC 40020892201338
  14. 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
  15. 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

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 88¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90362
    • UPC 090255903621
  16. 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

    • New Condition
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 92¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X38S8HP
    • UPC 020892201330
  17. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $23.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 94¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90311
    • UPC 090255903119
  18. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $20.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.00 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU PD38HS3 H
    • UPC 029465092030
  19. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $21.99 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLD
    • UPC 020892220539
  20. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $22.00 Price

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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU S38PDB
    • UPC 020892217911
  21. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 10 Rounds of 100 Grain #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $15.00 Price

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    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by CCI

    • New Condition
    • 10 Rounds
    • Made by CCI
    • American-made Hunting
    • $1.50 Cost Per Round
    • CCI SKU 3738
    • UPC 076683037381
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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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