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What bullet weight do you carry in your .38 Special?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Doug.38PR, Jun 18, 2006.

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What bullet weight do you carry?

  1. 158

    79 vote(s)
    55.2%
  2. 150

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. 148

    4 vote(s)
    2.8%
  4. 135

    30 vote(s)
    21.0%
  5. 130

    3 vote(s)
    2.1%
  6. 129

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  7. 125

    19 vote(s)
    13.3%
  8. 110

    7 vote(s)
    4.9%
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  1. Doug.38PR

    Doug.38PR member

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    what weight bullet do you carry? I carry 158 gr. Why carry a lighter bullet that is going to have less penetration and expansion in the bad guy and more wear in your gun?

    158
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    135
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    129
    125
    110
     
  2. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Member

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    When i carry it since it is a 2" snub i carry 125 federal nyclads that you cant seem to find anywhere anymore
     
  3. Sistema1927

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    Speer 135 +P Gold Dot.
     
  4. 420Stainless

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    125 gr. Nyclads here too.
     
  5. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    158gr LSWCs in my old M&P - sights on these old guns are factory regulated for that weight and it shows.
     
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    Federal 158 grain Nyclad JHP's~!:D
     
  7. sm

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    158
     
  8. bpisler

    bpisler Member

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    Black hills 125gr +P's loaded with the Speer
    gold dot bullet in my 642-2.I carry them over
    the 158gr because the 125's produce less
    muzzle flip and shot POA in this gun.

    Federal 158gr +P LSWCHP's in my 3" model
    10-7,these shot POA and muzzle flip is not a
    problem in the heavier gun.
     
  9. jeb_ingram

    jeb_ingram Member

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    Corbon DPX 110 grain in my 642.
     
  10. atlctyslkr

    atlctyslkr Member

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    Federal 129gr +p Hydrashoks

    (been known to put them in 357's too)
     
  11. nitesite

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    Remington Express 158-gr LSWC +P in my 442.
     
  12. Matt Dillon

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    RBCD Performance Plus 60 grain
     
  13. SaxonPig

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    125 JHP Remington Golden Sabres hand-loaded to 1,150 FPS. They lose about 100 FPS in the 2" guns.
     
  14. Coltdriver

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    I carry 158 grain semi wad cutters that I hand load. These are as hot as I can handle them but are still manageable.
     
  15. JNewell

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    Was 124 gr GD +P, now 135 gr GD +P.
     
  16. gopguy

    gopguy Member

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    I sometimes carry a S&W 642 with 125 gr. Nyclads. I have also toted silvertips on occasion.
     
  17. HiWayMan

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    My loads weren't an option, but:

    146gr Speer SJSWCHP handloads and 154gr hardcast LWC handloads.

    The 146 shoots POA/POI, and the 154 shoots 1.5" high of POA.
     
  18. Pumpkinheaver

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    135+p speer gold dots
     
  19. Kurt S.

    Kurt S. Member

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    I have 2 snub .38's, a S&W M36 and Taurus M85 ULCH. I also have a S&W M60 snub in .357.

    I have started carrying the Gold Dot 135 grainers in the .38s. The 158 grain LHPs are hell to practice with in my Model 36. I don't normally mind a bit of kick, but I get blisters on my trigger finger from the heavies. I have seen 148 grain WC's bounce off of hard wood posts :eek: ; I have no faith in penetration with this load. The 125 grain Nyclads are too hard to find anymore.

    Although I have tested the 158 gr load in the Taurus Ultralight, I still have a concern about bullet pulling in that firearm. I settled on Gold Dot 125 Grain +P's for both guns until the the 135 grainers came out recently.

    Now in the Model 60 .357, the 158 grain .38 LHP is fine, no blisters. Go figure. However I carry the Corbon 110 grain .357 (1500 fps!) or the 125 grain Rem Golden Sabre in that piece.
     
  20. magsnubby

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    135 gr Gold Dots.
     
  21. edw794

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    158 lhp.
     
  22. Sport45

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    Remington 158gr LSWCHP +P

    For practice I use my reloads. Zero 158gr LSWCHP over Titegroup. A healthy load, but not +p.
     
  23. Stainz

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    I keep five Rem R38S12 158gr LHPSWC +P's in my HKS #10 speedloaders for my 2" 10 and 6" 66. The sixth round is a snakeshot capsule. My carry is a 296 with 200gr GDJHP's - GA Arms or Blazers.

    Stainz
     
  24. Faeruss7

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    The correct answer is a Speer Goldot 135 grain hollowpoint. Preferably loaded in the +p range to ensure expansion. But I really appreciate everyone elses answers, however misguided.
     
  25. cookekdjr

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    The 158gr fbi load is the best load, as it out-performs every other .38 load out there (as well as a number of .357 loads).
    Some lighter j-frames (especially scadium/titanium etc) require jacketed bullets and only shoot reliably with 125gr loads. So I carried 125gr in my 340 and 342 pd's. Managable recoil, reliable performance. It wasn't the most powerful thing out there, but its all about trade offs. The guns weighed 10 ounces and I could carry them anywhere.
    -David
     
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