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09crue
06-23-2011, 08:01
hello everyone, looking for recommendations for a good .38 special defensive round from a 2"snub revolver..it's rated for +p but doesn't necessarily have to be +p....thanks

1911ES
06-23-2011, 08:09
In my S&W 642 airweight, I use the Hornady Critical Defense FTX 110 gr. very accurate, with low recoil, and leaves a nice hole .... :scared:

cowboywannabe
06-23-2011, 08:41
2" K frame or J frame?

deadday
06-23-2011, 08:44
Gold Dots...

eracer
06-23-2011, 08:50
Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box (http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=110)

Berto
06-23-2011, 10:23
Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box (http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=110)



That'd be my first choice too, I'd go the +P version in a steel K frame snubby.
THe +p 135gr Gold Dot is also a very good round and easy to find.

SuperSleuth
06-23-2011, 11:28
These are the snub .38 loads I like, in no particular order:

Buffalo Bore standard pressure 158gr LSWCHP (for steel K-frames, haven't tried it in a steel J-frame)
Speer 135gr Short-Barrel GDHP +P (what I carry for reloads)
Federal 125gr Nyclad HP (what I currently carry in my 642)

I'd suggest getting a box of each, or any other load you're considering, and shoot them through your gun. Whichever one functions reliably and you can shoot with a good balance of speed and accuracy is probably going to be the best choice for you.

MinervaDoe
06-23-2011, 15:54
Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.) - 20 Round Box (http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=110)
+1
The soft lead bullets may be an advantage since .38 Special is not a high velocity round and you are shooting it out of a short barreled gun. Under those conditions, you lower the chances of a hollow point working perfectly every time, and IMHO, soft lead becomes a very good option.

Ron3
06-25-2011, 23:29
I like Federal 158 gr Hydrashok +p+.

In chrono tests people have posted it nearly always gets to 900 fps or faster even from very short barrels.

It expanded fine and penetrated well in my non-scientific tests from a snubbie.

It does have some muzzle flash and recoil on the down side however.

That low-flash 158gr SWC LHP mentioned sounds like a good load, too. Only not in a lightweight snubbie because bullet-pull will be an issue.

Glolt20-91
06-25-2011, 23:48
In a M64/3" I carry 130gr Ranger bonded or 135gr Gold Dots.

Bob :cowboy:

JohnnyReb
06-25-2011, 23:55
The speer 135gr gold dot was developed for snubbies in mind, but if thats not an option, I'd pick the 158gr Semi-Wadcutter HP +p .

cowboy1964
06-26-2011, 01:43
Gold Dot 135gr +P Short Barrel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k890Rio2oBY&feature=feedu

93GT
06-26-2011, 10:59
Gold Dot 135gr +P Short Barrel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k890Rio2oBY&feature=feedu

This is what is loaded in my 2.5" Model 19.

1 old 0311
06-26-2011, 11:40
The old FBI load is still hard to beat.

sandman77
06-26-2011, 11:53
Speer Gold Dot 135gr +p or Corbon DPX 110 +p. The Corbon load is awesome but very pricey. In standard pressure 125gr Federal Nyclad or Hornady FTX 110gr. +p loads are a handful in a light snubbie but thats the way to go if you can shoot them well, if not the standard pressure loads might work better for you.