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What's Best .38 Special Ammo for .357 Revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Let Us Reason, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Let Us Reason

    Let Us Reason Member

    What are your suggestions as to the best .38 Special ammunition to use in a .357 revolver? This will basically serve as my cheaper range ammo.

  2. dracphelan

    dracphelan Well-Known Member

    I've used both CCI Aluminum and Remington 158gr SP +p rounds. It depends on how much recoil you are wanting to avoid. It also depends on what your weapon prefers. I would suggest buying boxes of several different varieties of cheap 38 rounds and testing them.
  3. BigFatKen

    BigFatKen Well-Known Member

    This is great, but sold out.
    Note the web site. These come up as they restock. The nickled brass is good, as is the lead bullets which are more slippery than copper jackets and have higher velosity at .38 speeds.
  4. rudolf

    rudolf Well-Known Member

    Fiocchi .357 Wadcutters. .38 Power, .357 length shell.
    Or even better load .38 powered rounds using .357 shells.
  5. JoeG52

    JoeG52 Well-Known Member

    I like...
    $109-500 rounds
    $199-1000 rounds

  6. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    I love Remington UMC 130 gr. fmj rounds. They are relatively accurate and clean in both my 19-3 and SP101. They are also really soft shooting.
  7. Dain Bramage

    Dain Bramage Well-Known Member

    The most accurate .38sp ammo I've tried in my Dan Wesson is CCI Blazer 158g LRN. I've had sub 2" groups at 25 yds from a bench. It's also about the cheapest for plinking.

    Strangely, it does not like wadcutters, and sprays them in a shotgun pattern. The most accurate .357 load is the old Rem Express 158g SJHP.
  8. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Well-Known Member

    4.8 gr of 231 under a 158 gr Xtreme Bullets copper plated RNFP in Starline brass with WSP. Or thereabouts.
  9. BigFatKen

    BigFatKen Well-Known Member

    These have little or no lead dust as they are FMJ.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2007
  10. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I buy them in the 250 round bulk packs and shoot almost nothing else for practice. (don't forget to run a patch or two through your barrel with copper solvent)

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