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Opinions on Monarch 158 38spl SJHP?

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  1. BlueHeelerFl

    BlueHeelerFl Member

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    I recently purchased a box of Monarch 38 Spl 158 gr SJHP but haven't had a chance to shoot them yet.

    What's your opinion on them? Anyone try them in a rifle? I plan to shoot them from my 1894. The numbers listed on the box (902 fps/ 285 ftlb) seem decent.

    I got them to check the loading and feeding of 38's in my 1894 since They have a flat face for lever guns. They were actually some of the cheapest 38's at Academy.
     
  2. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    I fail to see why .38 SPL is significantly higher than 9mm. It is virtually the same diameter, while the brass cases do have more material does that really equate to a double price point? Well, rant over. The monarch gives me good POA in fixed sight revolvers, I wouldnt rely on them for defense unless there was nothing else but for target practice and small game hunting go for it.
     
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  3. Speedo66

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    Probably boils down to economy of scale. How many 9mm's are produced and sold compared to .38Spls?
     
  4. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Probably a good bit more, but come on man. .38 is still a mainstream use caliber and is arguably the most popular backup gun caliber there is.
     
  5. dodo bird

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    Supply and demand. I remember when 44 special used to be cheaper than 44 mag. And I am a millennial. That being said .38 special isn’t that bad in price. I used to reload it not so much now. Monarch is decent stuff for putting holes in paper.
     
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  6. Texas10mm

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    Not even close. Sales of .38 Spl started dropping around and haven't quit falling since. Most LEOs are using 9mm or .380 as a backup. Since Glock has a big share of the handgun market the most popular backup for officers is a smaller Glock that shares mags.

    Just look at the amount of shelf space devoted to 9mm and .38 Spl. That pretty much tells the story.
     
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  7. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    I see my stores are about the same. I buy ammo mainly from Walmart and bass pro
     
  8. Yarddog

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    A lot of people who shoot 38 spl , Reload for more shooting ; )
    Y/D
     
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  9. VoodooMountain

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    Who makes monarch handgun ammo?
     
  10. mdThanatos

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    I think it's PPU for the Monarch line.

    EDIT:

    Brass should be PPU
    Steel might be Barnaul
     
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  11. Yo Mama

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    I don't usually shoot 38 but recently bought a box to transition my daughter up from a 22 and I was shocked at the sticker price. Even with no panic $20 for a box of 38 felt like highway robbery.
     
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  12. Bama59

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    Can't help you with lever gun but have fired few hundred rounds 9mm .38spl and few .357 mag with no malfunctions
     
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  13. BlueHeelerFl

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    I know what you mean. I stopped buying ammo around 2004 when I lost a job and just started shooting again 2 years ago. The sticker shock is quite stunning for practice ammo let alone sd rounds!
     
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  15. MacAR

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    I have used it quite a bit, but in hand guns. For the price I like it, and it seems to be a bit hotter than normal 38's.

    Mac
     
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  16. hemiram

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    It's ok, or it least was ok, a couple of years ago when I had a couple of boxes.
     
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    There is Monarch now but once there was Monark (by Federal) in a flip-end box. :thumbup:

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