Magtech Ammo


November 21, 2010, 02:45 PM
I went to the gun store yesterday to kill some time, and browse at all my future guns I will own one day:D Anyways since I was there I figured I should buy some new 38 special ammo for my home defense revolver. Since I have a short barrel m66 S&W, I wanted ammo designed for it. I ended up with Speers Gold Dot 38spl+p 135 GDHP. The owner also showed me some Magtech First Defense all copper hollow points. Hmmm seemed cool. But the weight seemed a little light to me. 90 grains. Velocity was high. But it wasn't designed for a short barrel so I doubted the usefullness of this product for my use.

Even in a longer barrel though, 90 grains seems a bit light for the caliber. Anybody have any thoughts? I liked the all copper design.

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November 21, 2010, 02:58 PM
I hand load an obsolete and long discontinued light for caliber bullet made by Remington. I load for 2" barreled Colt Detective Special, S&W M10-5, S&W M37, Taurus M85, Rossi M68. All are 2" barrels. The bullet is the old 95 grain SJHP/concave base specially designed for 38 Special. I purchased a lifetime supply of them back in 1990. The light bullet is a superb performer in 2" barrel 38 Specials. I do not load +P for the little guns, its not needed. I think the Magtech First Defense would be good if you don't hand load.

November 21, 2010, 08:53 PM
My experience with using Magtech ammo is limited to practice w/my 9mm using their fmj load. Inexpensive at the time and served it's purpose.

November 21, 2010, 11:54 PM
have fired 200 plus 9mm rounds of fmj with no problems. 100 rounds of 45 fmj also with no complaints.

November 22, 2010, 12:52 AM
Their ball is fine. I have not saw a positive test of their copper DPX copy . All I have read is fail to expand , when shot thru denim . You Speers Gold Dot 38spl+p 135 GDHP. are a good round I still carry the old 158grSWCHP +P in my model 49 .

November 22, 2010, 01:56 AM
I am glad I bought the Speer ammo then. It cost more but if I ever need it, cost would be the last thing on my mind.

Deus Machina
November 22, 2010, 02:13 AM
Gold Dots are the best thing in .38, IMO. If you can get a steady supply, no need to even look at anything else.

Magtech has always functioned well in everything I have, but their hollowpoint designs never seemed impressive at all.

November 22, 2010, 10:59 PM
Yep decent supply of gold dots, but at 38 bucks for a box of 20, not cheap! Still not going to complain about it too much.

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