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.38 Special 158 grain LSWCHP +P Load Availability

The question is constantly being asked whether or not this old tried and true law enforcement bench mark load is still being made; the answer is yes it is.

Remington markets it with reference number, "R38S12".

Winchester markets it with reference number, "X38SPD".

If your local dealer doesn't stock it, order it on line useing the above reference numbers.

Regardless of barrel length, this is load "works" on the street. kfjdrfirii
 

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+1. It's all I carry in my short .38's for serious work. I have seen first hand what it can do and I have confidence in it's effectiveness within it's limitations.

The basic recipe is a soft-lead hollow point semiwadcutter at 925-950 FPS.

Federal also loads it as does Georgia Arms.
 

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Drew...you can get over 900 fps with a 158 out of a 2"? That seems awfully fast.... :shock:
 

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Sip, I think that these are the nominal catalog velocities probably chronographed out of a 4" barrel... yeah that would be fast out of a 2" tube.
 

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My favorite!

I last chronographed any in 1996. It was Winchester's version. Got 920 fps from a 2-inch Chief's Special an 990 from a Model 10 with 4-inch barrel. I've heard that it has since been watered down some more. Need to test current batches.
 

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920 FPS froma 2" barrel!

Bet that'll leave a mark when you touch off a cylinder full rapid fire in a M-642! confused02
 
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