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tackleberry45
May 14, 2007, 11:07 PM
I finally broke down after all this time and now have a 637. I bought this because my wife is still scared to this day of autos. So my question is very simple.... What is a good defensive load that will not rock a 5'3 105lb woman but still be a reasonable defense round? She is going to carry it also.

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ArchAngelCD
May 14, 2007, 11:38 PM
158 gr LSWCHP .38 Special (non+P) of your choice. I like Remington.
Remington calls them Lead Hollow Point.
http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/handgun/remington.asp

Gary A
May 15, 2007, 12:25 AM
I don't think Remington makes the LHP 158 in standard pressure. Only semi-wadcutters and lead round nose, I believe.

ArchAngelCD
May 15, 2007, 01:44 AM
Gary A,
I haven't checked in over a year so that may be true. that would be a shame if Remington stopped making that round. It is the little brother to the +P FBI Load.

As I was writing this I was also checking the Remington site and you're right, that load is in +P only... That's a shame..

Fiocchi has a 148 gr Jacketed Hollowpoint (#38E) which has a muzzle velocity of 820 fps with 255 ft/lbs of energy. Those numbers sound good enough to do the job without excessive recoil. http://www.fiocchiusa.com/cat_centerfire.php

Federal has a Low Recoil SD Hydra Shok round that's 110 gr that might be good for your needs. At 110 gr it's a little light but it is a Hydra Shok so it will expand reliably. (I think LOL) http://www.federalcartridge.com/ballistics/default.aspx

It seems the Factory Ammo makers have forgotten about standard pressure SD rounds for the .38 Special and are making mostly .38 +P. I guess you can't blame them since their market is user driven and most current .38 sp revolvers are +P rated. Question is, what are the people who carry older revolvers like the M36 and older Colt Det. supposed to do?

Will5A1
May 15, 2007, 07:04 AM
148gr wadcutters if she is really recoil shy.

Jkwas
May 15, 2007, 08:56 AM
My wife finds little difference in perceived recoil between the 158gn target loads and the 110gn federal low recoil hydra shock in her model 36. You might give it a try, or stick with the 158gn LSWC in standard pressure. Explain that a little discomfort shouldn't disuade her. She will only have to make 5 shots. And if 3 out of 5 are COM, that should be enough. Don't let her get discouraged.

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