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Best .38 Special load out of snub nose (standard pressure)?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Cooldill, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. Cooldill

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    As many of you may be aware Illinois's ban on concealed carry has been rendered unconstitutional. The only gun I have at the moment, and that may be used by my mother, that's appropriate for concealed carry is a Smith and Wesson model 37 revolver in .38 special.

    I have read it isn't good to shoot .38 special +p's in this gun, so I am really wondering what standard pressure .38 loadings would be the best in this revolver. I own a box and a half of Hornady Critical Defense .38 special standard pressure, would this be about as good as it gets? Or is their a better option?

    Thanks, and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :D
     
  2. 35 Whelen

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    There are two schools of thought on defensive handgun ammunition; light and fast and heavy and slow. I happen to subscribe to the latter as I'd rather be certain that the bullet I use will penetrate heavy clothing, buttons on coats, etc. As such, I load and keep in my .38's bullets ranging from a 152 SWCHP to a 170 grs. SWC. In a standard , non +P loading the lighter bullet does well over 800 fps and the heavier around 750 fps out of the wifes 2" Charter Arms.

    35W
     
  3. Cfish

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    Check out the federal 125gr Nyclad HP.
     
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    i would use 148gr wad cutter for range time with the gun. then i would carry a named brand 38sp +p ammo in the gun. the gun will shoot a small amount of +p without any problems. this amount can be several hundred of rounds.
     
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    I'd probably carry the Nyclad or similar load during the warmer times of the year, and then switch to something with some more-assured deep penetrative ability during the Illinois winters. Maybe the old-faithful 158-grain LSWC.

    Down here, when I was carrying one of my two .38 snubs, it was loaded with either a 125-grain semi-jacketed flat-tipped solid, or a 140-grain flat-tipped FMJ load, whichever I happened to grab.
     
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    MedWheeler said
    and that is the same conclusion I came to for my old model 37.
     
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    HornidayCustom Handhun ammo. 158gr XTP bullet loaded to 38Spl pressures.
    I shoot them in my Model 36,2".
    HTH.
    ZVP
     
  9. bannockburn

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    I would go with 148 gr. wadcutters for practice and Federal 125 gr. Nyclads for CCW.
     
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    148 LWC or.......158 grain LSWC or......158 grain LSWC ( HP )
     
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    I once saw a memo from S&W posted on-line that said thier steel .38 revolvers will safely handle +P ammo, but to use it judiciously.

    For target shooting use wadcutters, and for carry-defense load her up with +P. the likelihood of shooting a limited number of +P ammo will not harm your weapon.
     
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    I've got a Model 36 (carbon steel instead of stainless steel, but basically the same gun) that I carry +p in. I have no issue firing +p in my gun. +p loads of today are lighter than standard pressure loads when this gun was designed and manufactured.
     
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    Buffalo Bore 150 gr hard cast wadcutters.
    Howard
     
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    I like the Hornady XTP 158 grain non plus p. Manageable recoil and shoots to POA in my Agent and Cobra.
     
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    the Buffalo Bore full wadcutter with a standard 158swc for a reload!!!
     
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    The Hornady critical defense in standard pressure is probably as good as its going to get.
    Being relatively new to the market it doesn't have a street record yet but anything that does out of a .38 spl snub is pretty pathetic compared to rounds from a 4" barrel or any 9mm.

    If you worry about penetration of the Hornady then use a 158gr LRN or SWC neither of which is superior to the other and figure you probably will have to hit em 2X or more CM.
     
  17. Cooldill

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    Thanks guys, I will probably stick to the Hornadys I already have, the past few days it's been getting really hard to find ammo online, only getting worse. I ordered 1000 rounds of 124 grain 9mm from Georgia Arms yesterday only to find on their sight they are bogged down with orders today.
     
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    In my Colt Cobra and Agent I use the 125 gr Federal Nyclad.
     
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