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PlayboyPenguin
03-05-2011, 04:03
Does anyone have any recommendations for some good .38spl+p ammo. I would really like something made for a 2" barrel if possible. I am currently carrying Gold Dot short barrel 135gr. GDHP in my EDC.

mastrbloata
03-05-2011, 07:45
Sounds like you're using the gold standard already. I can't think of even one instance where I've heard anything negative about that SB .38 GD you're using. I just bought some of that 125gr. +P .38special Winchester White Box JHP not because it's so great or anything but because it was priced so well at SGammo.com. I'm trying to locate myself the GD 135gr. .357 mag SB barrel stuff with no luck. I'm pretty sure you've already got the best there is for your snub but I'm sure someone will be along shortly here with other ideas. I'll be watching as I'm curious about this too.

Take care.

Joshhtn
03-05-2011, 08:06
You are already carrying some of the best .38spl ammo IMO... I carry 135gr +p Winchester PDX bonded in my 2" M85 UL... I like it.

SuperSleuth
03-05-2011, 08:49
I am currently carrying Gold Dot short barrel 135gr. GDHP in my EDC.

That's what I've been carrying in my 642, until I recently switched to Nyclads for an in-gun load (I may switch back, though...still debating that). However, I still carry SBGDHP for my reloads (JHP are easier to reload and don't deform in the pocket/pouch like the Nyclads in the 642 or the Buffalo Bore LSWCHP I carry in my 65).

I've tried BB 125gr +P JHP, but they have noticeably sharper recoil than SBGDHP, so I stayed with the latter for +P loads.

cowboywannabe
03-05-2011, 08:55
Remington 158gr. +p LHP.

Brucev
03-05-2011, 09:54
Does anyone have any recommendations for some good .38spl+p ammo. I would really like something made for a 2" barrel if possible. I am currently carrying Gold Dot short barrel 135gr. GDHP in my EDC.

Look at Buffalo Bore and Hornady Critical Defense.

Dogguy
03-05-2011, 11:10
The 135 gr GDHP +P has become the standard these days. I also like 125 gr Nyclad non-plus P in aluminum framed guns.

jakebrake
03-05-2011, 11:16
You are already carrying some of the best .38spl ammo

i'm inclined to agree

PlayboyPenguin
03-05-2011, 11:19
Hmmm...it looks like I might have accidently done something right for a change. To be honest I do not even remember buying these Gold Dots. They were just in the cabinet.

I am going to check out the Buffalo Bore stuff though. :)

albyihat
03-05-2011, 17:39
Remington LSWCHP +p 158gr.

supermanct
03-05-2011, 17:50
Remington 158gr. +p LHP. (the FBI load)

Berto
03-06-2011, 05:55
The BB +P 158gr load will do at least its advertised velocities of 1000fps from a 2" bbl, but it has a bit of recoil....though it should be OK in a steel gun.
I like the Gold Dot 135gr too, a great bullet design, but milder for alum. framed guns.

TSAX
03-06-2011, 06:02
http://www.ballistics101.com/38_special.php

Bannack
03-06-2011, 06:04
Does anyone have any recommendations for some good .38spl+p ammo. I would really like something made for a 2" barrel if possible. I am currently carrying Gold Dot short barrel 135gr. GDHP in my EDC.

What your currently carrying, will already penetrate a refrigerator and hit a steel dinger target on the other side. If I were you, I would just stay with what your carrying and call it good.

BFN
03-06-2011, 08:06
The 135gr GDHP +P is an good choice, I have used it. I now use Winchester 158gr LSWCHP +P, as I believe the 158gr will get better penetration. I occasionally carry a S&W M642 with a 2.5" barrel, which is just as easy for me to carry and will get up to 100 FPS more velocity than 1.875" barrel http://www.gunsandammo.com/content/smith-wesson-638?page=2

fredj338
03-06-2011, 11:47
Remington 158gr. +p LHP.
I've shot the 135grGDHP+P, I still prefer the old 158grLSWCHP+P. It always expands, even in the 2" guns & digs deep. It's also easily/cheaply duplicated for practice using cheap 158grLSWC.

IvanW
03-06-2011, 14:00
+ 1 on the BB. Unless you have a steel gun, however, check out the BB STANDARD PRESSURE .38 load. They don't recommend the +p load for Airweights and lighter. The standard pressure has plenty of punch. It's good stuff and very accurate for me.

OldScribe2009
03-06-2011, 17:04
What your currently carrying, will already penetrate a refrigerator and hit a steel dinger target on the other side. If I were you, I would just stay with what your carrying and call it good.

+1 All Day.

The reason why you are hearing so many repeat comments is because you are already carrying some of the best JHP's for the .38 Spl. It's +P, which is what you requested, and it was specifically engineering FOR snubby revolvers BY Speer. I read an article on its development, and I looked over photos on its penetration and expansion. A+ all day long. It's damn near perfect ammo--if there is such a thing.

However, it's also expensive ammo, so keep those rounds in your cylinder and be happy they're there! :supergrin:

cjcutter1
03-06-2011, 17:20
+1 on the remington 158+p Lhpwc or the speer 135+p thats whats in my 642.

PlayboyPenguin
03-06-2011, 18:20
What your currently carrying, will already penetrate a refrigerator and hit a steel dinger target on the other side. If I were you, I would just stay with what your carrying and call it good.
A refrigerator you say?

But what if this is on the other side of that refrigerator?

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/PlayboyPenguin/Bearattack.jpg

Brucev
03-06-2011, 18:55
A refrigerator you say?

But what if this is on the other side of that refrigerator?

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/PlayboyPenguin/Bearattack.jpg

Not a problem. Just pop two center of mass and one in the pumpkin and you'll be fine. :supergrin:

bambikilr
03-06-2011, 19:03
Winchester Silvertip

Ak.Hiker
03-07-2011, 00:09
In your 2 inch the Speer 135 grain Gold Dot is about as good as it gets. Speer also loads a 135 grain TMJ practise load in their Lawman line. They come in boxes of 50. Also If you have a cop shop in your area you may be able to pick up the Gold Dot in 50 round boxes as well. My second choice would be any major brand 158 grain LSWCHP +P. In a 4 inch 38 Special these would be my first choice.

Ak.Hiker
03-07-2011, 00:13
Not a problem. Just pop two center of mass and one in the pumpkin and you'll be fine. :supergrin:

That bear looks pretty well fed and friendly. Forget having to shoot him just give him some more food and you will be his best friend.

PlayboyPenguin
03-07-2011, 00:32
That bear looks pretty well fed and friendly. Forget having to shoot him just give him some more food and you will be his best friend.
Oh yeah? Does he look so friendly now? :supergrin:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/PlayboyPenguin/ArmedBear.jpg

ubimow
03-07-2011, 01:35
I agree that the 135gr Gold Dot is the best ammo for the 2" .38spl.
I have done my own wetpack tests with about a dozen different .38spl loads and this was the only one with decent expansion and penetration even through denim. All of the others failed to expand at all.
I haven't tried corbon dpx but I have heard good things about it. VERY expensive though.

Berto
03-07-2011, 16:40
The DPX seems to have some QC issues, as I'm seeing chrono numbers waaay off the adv velocities in the J frames...which really sucks with a 110gr bullet.
The 135gr Gold Dot was a little inconsistent when it first hit the market too, in my guns it would run extreme spreads from 780fps to 875fps.
THe latest batches seems better and chrono in the low 900's from the at least a few of the 2" guns I've seen...which is fair.

ronin.45
03-07-2011, 17:06
I'm gonna be a rebel and agree with most of these guys. The SB gold dots are a great load. I like the ballistics of the Buffaloes but I'm not playing with those in anything but steel. I like my hand too much for that.

Frank V
03-07-2011, 18:23
Remington 158gr. +p LHP.


That & Bufflao Bore .38 Special 158gr lead SWC HP. I've chronographed the non +P BB. Buffalo Bore claims 850fps for the non +P & I've clocked it at an actual 876fps from a 2" bbl.
Those are what I carry in the .38.
:winkie:
Frank

Ak.Hiker
03-07-2011, 22:16
Oh yeah? Does he look so friendly now? :supergrin:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/PlayboyPenguin/ArmedBear.jpg

Got me. I never saw that one coming. I should have known better. Never under estimate your opponent.

Ron3
03-11-2011, 12:33
When I tested the some .38 special rounds in 1 gal milk jugs of water from a 1 7/8 Ruger LCR at 10ft I liked the performance of the old Hydrashok +p+ 147gr.

It expanded and didn't shed weight. It bounced off the front wall of the 5th jug and didn't crack it.

The corbon DPX +p 110 gr did not get to the back wall of the 3rd jug but it expanded just fine.

What annoyed me was the very expensive cor-bons had a good sized yellow flash in low-light. For the money they should have used flash retardent powder.

The Hydrashok +p+'s had flash too but they penetrated more and cost much less. Looking at many other peoples chrono tests the Hydrashoks nearly always do 875-925 fps from snub barrels. I think thats the +p+ part, they just don't lose much from short barrels. Then again, heavier bullets like it tend not too anyway.

I chose the Hydrashok +p+ for the penetration.

Berto
03-11-2011, 18:06
I used to love the +P+ 147gr Win JHP load when my shop had bunches of it.
Ity would chrono in the 900's from the 2" barrel, 975fps from my 2.5" 242 and over 1050fps from a 4" mod 15.
It actually didn't feel very hot either, but a real 'white' flash bulb like flash in low light.

PlayboyPenguin
03-12-2011, 02:09
I picked up a box of Double Tap today. I want to see how it does.

SDGlock23
03-12-2011, 02:34
I've got Buffalo Bore regular and +P .38 Special, both 158gr LSWCHP. Good stuff!!