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raxar
07-10-2010, 14:29
I just picked up a taurus 85 DAO and am looking for some SD ammo for it. Currently ccwing it with winchester +p's in an unknown bullet weight (I had 15 sitting with my misc. .38 HP's). Anyone try the speer stuff designed to short barrels?

8th SPS USAF
07-10-2010, 14:39
When I carried a snub, I carried Speer SB. Shot a few jugs worked fine.

8th

G21FAN
07-10-2010, 14:44
I carry these in my 438.

http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=108

http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=110

http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=111

Those last two are also good loads, as is the Speer GDSB

Jeff82
07-10-2010, 14:51
".38 AND snub AND ammo" in SEARCH is your friend. This subject has got to be in the top ten of all threads.

hotpig
07-10-2010, 15:08
I have been doing some plinking with the Winchester RA38B which is the same as the PDX1 and some RAS38P 38 +P 130gr SXT. My Charter Arms with a 2" barrel does well with both.

I have not shot from the Charter Arms any of the RA38110HP Winchester Ranger 38 Special +P+ 110gr because I do not have a lot in stock.

fredj338
07-10-2010, 16:41
Problem w/ many of the light bullet +P loads is they shoot way low. I like the 158grLSWCHP+P by Win or Rem.

H&K 4 LIFE
07-10-2010, 18:38
I like the PDX-1 130gr. +P, but carry the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P.

Another good choice is the Cor-bon DPX 110gr. +P.

adv
07-10-2010, 18:48
Problem w/ many of the light bullet +P loads is they shoot way low. I like the 158grLSWCHP+P by Win or Rem.

Fred's right as usual. In my snubbie, +p ammo less than 158 grain requires some adjustment due to it shooting low. It's not gonna be cool to be known as the fella who shot the bad guy in the family jewels, hence 158 grain.

beancounter81
07-10-2010, 18:49
Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P.

+1 on GDSB

FM12
07-10-2010, 21:47
I carry 148 gr wadcutters in mine. Low recoil, flat surface and quick recovery and follow up shots. What's not to like?

Jrob24
07-10-2010, 22:06
I've read good things about the speer 135gr +P

Alchemy
07-10-2010, 22:59
Problem w/ many of the light bullet +P loads is they shoot way low. I like the 158grLSWCHP+P by Win or Rem.


This, It's a tried and proven load. 158LSWCHP+P.

Erich1B
07-11-2010, 06:00
I use Remington 125gr. Golden Saber +P

Eagle22
07-11-2010, 06:01
heaver gains in the .38s is what guys favor ??

fredj338
07-11-2010, 10:24
heaver gains in the .38s is what guys favor ??

Again, most fixed sighted 38sp are regulated w/ 158gr ammo. Anything lighter shoots low, sometimes quite a bit low. FIne at contact/point shooting range, but as you hit the 7yd & beyond distance, I am on the sights & like my bullet to land where I have the front sight. The old school 158grLSWCHP+P still works, still expands, modest reciol & blast. The 135grGDSB+P is a good round, it may shoot close enough to POA to work in your gun, just doesn't work for me.

smoke
07-12-2010, 13:47
Old School - 158gr +P LSWCHP or Fed Nyclad +P 125 gr HP

New School - Speer 135gr +P GDSB

Old School still works just fine, but as my ammo supply fades, I'm moving towards the Speer.

ithaca_deerslayer
07-14-2010, 09:59
heaver gains in the .38s is what guys favor ??

I shoot 158gr +P because I don't believe a snubbie .38 in a 9mm bullet weight can get up to 9mm speeds.

Sorta like, either slow and heavy, or light and fast. In 9mm I shoot 124gr.

148gr wadcutters are fine for .38, too. Reduces recoil for those concerned about that.

Just my way of looking at it.

IndyGunFreak
07-14-2010, 10:16
but carry the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P.

Yup..

IGF

LT642
07-14-2010, 11:47
We issue the Speer GD, 135gr, +p, to our folks who carry a j-frame, it was designed for the j-frame as I recall. We issue it to our detectives and others to choose to carry a j-frame as a bug or off duty gun.
I don't think you could go wrong with any of the Speer ammo.

MountainPacker
07-14-2010, 13:40
The only load designed for a 2" barrel is the Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P JHP. They have a good reputation. That's whay I put in mine.

smoke
07-14-2010, 14:12
The only load designed for a 2" barrel is the Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P JHP. They have a good reputation. That's whay I put in mine.

Not exactly. The S&W Nyclad 125 gr HP in regular pressure was designed for use in the S&W M-36, thus called the Chief Special Load. Later, when Federal bought the rights to the Nyclad, they developed the +P version. The regular pressure load is now available again and is, IMO, the best non +P load for J-Frames, etc.

novaDAK
07-14-2010, 18:22
I carry 148 gr wadcutters in mine. Low recoil, flat surface and quick recovery and follow up shots. What's not to like?

Poor barrier penetration and harder to reload when in a hurry.

The low recoil, quick recovery and follow up shots are a plus though especially in lighter snubs.

As for the OP, I'd go with the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr +P or CorBon DPX 110gr +P. Both expand reliably through heavy clothing and still meet the 12" min. penetration standard set by the FBI.

Eagle22
07-15-2010, 13:14
Thanks Guys

357sigRog
07-15-2010, 14:19
I also like the Buffalo Bore 158gr +p LSWCHP the best as a defensive round.

URGueyes
07-16-2010, 14:51
Whatever Jack Ruby used ... talk about One-Shot Drops

Ak.Hiker
07-17-2010, 00:35
I would test out the 158 grain LSWCHP +P load in any major brand and run it against the Speer 135 grain Gold Dot +P and carry the one that shot best in your gun. Both of these are good loads. I carry the Speer load in the Colt Dective Special. If I had a 4 inch 38 Special I would go with the 158 grain FBI load for sure. If you ever have the need for a deeper penetration load Double Tap has a Hard Cast 158 grain Keith +P that runs about the same as the FBI load with a non expanding bullet. Buffalo Bore also loads a 150 grain hard cast that would be good for when deeper penertation is needed.

anarcho
07-26-2010, 12:09
I shot some DPX 357 in my snubby yesterday and was impressed by the accuracy. Recoil was brisk but tolerable. Anybody compare these with Buffalo Bore? Accuracy? Flash factor. I'd be grateful for your results.