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Fast Light .38+P

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by RatDrall, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. RatDrall

    RatDrall Well-Known Member

    Are there any fast and light loads available in .38 special +P?

    I'm using 158grain LHP+P in my model 64, but was curious if there were any 100-125 grain loads at 1300 or so fps?
  2. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    This 125gr Heavy Load from Buffalo Bore will get you real close out of a 4" barrel.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You can't hardly get an honest 1,300 FPS out of a .357 Mag snubby, let alone a .38 +P one.

  4. TT

    TT member

    Try Cor Bon's .38 Special PowerBall.
  5. LawofThirds

    LawofThirds Well-Known Member

    Golden Saber's are pushing 900ish out of a J frame for me and open up to .6ish.
  6. RatDrall

    RatDrall Well-Known Member

    Who said anything about a snubby? I'm looking for a load for my 4" Model 64.

    I know that there used to be a Corbon +P+ .38 special load that was 1300 fps or more from a 4" gun, but I have had trouble finding anything like it. The fastest I'm finding is 1000fps or so which is pretty lame for a 110 or 125 grain bullet.

    I might just stick with my heavy, soft lead HPs at 900 fps...
  7. TT

    TT member

    When you check Cor Bon's velocity numbers, be sure to note the test barrel length...they frequently use short barrels. Your 4" should do better.
  8. golden

    golden Well-Known Member

    REMINGTON 125 grain semi-JHP +P

    The above is what I use in my .38 Special revolvers that can handle +P.
    I like the REMINGTON ammo because of the exposed lead tip of the hollow point should initiate expansion. I have been very satisfied with it.

    I use FEDERAL 125 grain NYCLAD hollow point in my non+P guns.

    I also have some WINCHESTER 110 grain ammo, but it does not shoot to the same point of aim.

    WINCHESTER also advertises some 125 grain JHP.

    I stick with the 125 grain +P because it does not have the heavier recoil of the 158 grain ammo and I believe will work as well for defense.

  9. pezo

    pezo Well-Known Member

    +1 with golden. I use the 125 grain sjhps. I did some testing with phone books in another caliber and found lead bullets with thin or little copper jackets could cause serious wound channels.
  10. SGTB802

    SGTB802 Active Member

    i hate golden sabers the jackets are to hard i am using hornady critical defense 110 gr +p i dont know about the fps but out of my 2 inch model 15 i shot a wounded cow that weighed around 800lb for our neighbor and at the crack of the gun she dropped in her tracks i shot her about 8inches below her head in the neck the bullet mushroomed perfectly and broke her neck i know this from when we quartered her to take her to the butcher i recovered the bullet if it will break cow neck bone it will do anything i need for a 2 legged critter

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