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Browse our great selection of .38 Special Ammo in your favorite brands and styles. We carry 38 Special FMJ,.38 Special Hollow Point as well as .38 Special Lead Ammo that are built for quality and consistency. you won’t find better prices on 22 Magnum Ammunition anywhere! Search all your favorite .38 Special Ammunition brands at The Sportsman’s Guide. We carry Winchester .38 Special Ammo, Remington .38 Special Ammo, Magtech .38 Special Ammo and more! Get all your ammo at The Guide for low prices.

38 Special Ammo Types

We carry a full line of 38 special with more than a dozen different bullet types. Full metal jacket or lead round nose rounds are very popular for range training. More particular shooters will want to go with a wadcutter load. These wadcutter bullets are particularly good at punching precise holes in paper and are quite popular among competitive shooters where scoring zones are of the utmost importance.

Of course, if you carry a 38 special for protection, you’ll likely want to pick up hollow point rounds of some kind. These bullets expand upon impact with a soft target, doing the maximum amount of damage and giving you the best chance at neutralizing a threat.

38 Special Ballistics

+P ammunition is very common among 38 special loads and you’ll find increased pressure affords shooters about 20% more muzzle energy than standard loads in the caliber.

38 Special Load Bullet Weight Muzzle Velocity Muzzle Energy
38 SPL Wadcutter 148 Grain 690 ft/second 156 ft. lbs.
38 SPL 158 Grain 940 ft/second 310 ft. lbs.
38 SPL +P 158 Grain 1,000 ft/second 351 ft. lbs.

Of course, keep in mind – if you choose to carry a load with increased pressure, that does have the potential to increase strain on your firearm. Many manufacturers do not recommend shooting +p ammo in their firearms. Also, if you choose +p rounds, expect to deal with increased recoil as a result of the increased velocity and energy these loads provide.

Uses For .38 Special Ammo?

The .38 Special had a rich service life and was used by all branches of the military in the years between 1935 and 1985. Most frequently used as a self-defense and survival weapon by aircrew members, it was also issued as a duty sidearm to military police and security personnel.

From the 1920s through the 1990s, police departments across the country utilized the power and function of the .38 Special cartridge, and it was used in many sidearm firearms throughout World War I and World War II.

Beyond the military and law enforcement, the .38 Special was, and still is, highly acclaimed as an accurate cartridge and remains popular among target shooters – with the revolver being the most common type of handgun used for target shooting .38 Special rounds.

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Because the .38 Special has stopping power and limited recoil, it’s become a favorite among those who train for self-defense situations and concealed carry. With the availability of small, snubnose revolvers chambered for the caliber, there’s little doubt why so many carry it. These snubnoses can easily be carried in an ankle or pocket holster without any hassle or discomfort, making them readily accessible if and when the need strikes.

While the .38 Special cartridge isn’t considered hunting ammunition and most would struggle to take down big game animals with it, the cartridge is effective on small to medium game animals and varmint.