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38 Special Ammo For Sale

.38 Special Ammo For Sale

The .38 Special, also commonly known as .38 S&W Special (not to be confused with .38 S&W), .38 Smith & Wesson Special.38 Spl.38 Spc, (pronounced “thirty-eight special”), or 9x29mmR is a rimmedcenterfire cartridge designed by Smith & Wesson.

Due to its black-powder heritage, the .38 Special is a low-pressure cartridge, one of the lowest in common use today at 17,500 psi. By modern standards, the 38 Special fires a medium-sized bullet at rather low speeds. In the case of target loads, a 148 gr (9.6 g) bullet is propelled to only 690 ft/s (210 m/s).The closest comparisons are the 380 ACP, which fires much lighter bullets slightly faster than most .38 Special loads; the 9×19mm Parabellum, which fires a somewhat lighter bullet significantly faster; and the .38 Super, which fires a comparable bullet considerably faster. All of these cartridges are usually found in semi-automatic pistols.

The higher-pressure .38 Special +P loads at 20,000 psi offer about 20% more muzzle energy than standard-pressure loads and places it between the .380 ACP and the 9mm Parabellum; similar to that of the 9×18mm Makarov. A few specialty manufacturers’ +P loads for this cartridge can attain even higher energies than that, especially when fired from longer barrels, produce energies in the range of the 9mm Parabellum. These loads are generally not recommended for older revolvers or ones not specifically “+P” rated.

38 Comparisons
Cartridge Bullet weight Muzzle velocity Muzzle energy Max pressure
.38 Short Colt 135 gr (8.7 g) 777 ft/s (237 m/s) 181 ft•lbf (245 J) 7,500 CUP
.38 Long Colt 150 gr (9.7 g) 777 ft/s (237 m/s) 201 ft•lbf (273 J) 12,000 CUP
.38 S&W 158 gr (10.2 g) 767 ft/s (234 m/s) 206 ft•lbf (279 J) 14,500 psi
.38 S&W Special Wadcutter 148 gr (9.6 g) 690 ft/s (210 m/s) 156 ft•lbf (212 J) 17,500 psi
.38 S&W Special 158 gr (10.2 g) 940 ft/s (290 m/s) 310 ft•lbf (420 J) 17,500 psi
.38 Special Super Police 200 gr (13 g) 671 ft/s (205 m/s) 200 ft•lbf (271 J) 17,500 psi
.38 Special +P 158 gr (10.2 g) 1,000 ft/s (300 m/s) 351 ft•lbf (476 J) 20,000 psi
.38 Special +P+ 110 gr (7.1 g) 1,100 ft/s (340 m/s) 295 ft•lbf (400 J) 22,500 psi
380 ACP 100 gr (6.5 g) 895 ft/s (273 m/s) 178 ft•lbf (241 J) 21,500 psi
9×19mm Parabellum 115 gr (7.5 g) 1,300 ft/s (400 m/s) 420 ft•lbf (570 J) 35,000 psi
9×19mm Parabellum 124 gr (8.0 g) 1,180 ft/s (360 m/s) 383 ft•lbf (520 J) 35,000 psi
9×18mm Makarov 95 gr (6.2 g) 1,050 ft/s (320 m/s) 231 ft•lbf (313 J) 23,500 psi
.38 Super 130 gr (8.4 g) 1,275 ft/s (389 m/s) 468 ft•lbf (634 J) 36,500 psi
.357 Magnum 158 gr (10.2 g) 1,349 ft/s (411 m/s) 639 ft•lbf (866 J) 35,000 psi
.357 SIG 125 gr (8.1 g) 1,450 ft/s (440 m/s) 584 ft•lbf (792 J) 40,000 psi

38 Special Ammo For Sale

.38 Special Ammo For Sale

The .38 Special, also commonly known as .38 S&W Special (not to be confused with .38 S&W), .38 Smith & Wesson Special.38 Spl.38 Spc, (pronounced “thirty-eight special”), or 9x29mmR is a rimmedcenterfire cartridge designed by Smith & Wesson.

Due to its black-powder heritage, the .38 Special is a low-pressure cartridge, one of the lowest in common use today at 17,500 psi. By modern standards, the 38 Special fires a medium-sized bullet at rather low speeds. In the case of target loads, a 148 gr (9.6 g) bullet is propelled to only 690 ft/s (210 m/s).The closest comparisons are the 380 ACP, which fires much lighter bullets slightly faster than most .38 Special loads; the 9×19mm Parabellum, which fires a somewhat lighter bullet significantly faster; and the .38 Super, which fires a comparable bullet considerably faster. All of these cartridges are usually found in semi-automatic pistols.

The higher-pressure .38 Special +P loads at 20,000 psi offer about 20% more muzzle energy than standard-pressure loads and places it between the .380 ACP and the 9mm Parabellum; similar to that of the 9×18mm Makarov. A few specialty manufacturers’ +P loads for this cartridge can attain even higher energies than that, especially when fired from longer barrels, produce energies in the range of the 9mm Parabellum. These loads are generally not recommended for older revolvers or ones not specifically “+P” rated.

38 Comparisons
Cartridge Bullet weight Muzzle velocity Muzzle energy Max pressure
.38 Short Colt 135 gr (8.7 g) 777 ft/s (237 m/s) 181 ft•lbf (245 J) 7,500 CUP
.38 Long Colt 150 gr (9.7 g) 777 ft/s (237 m/s) 201 ft•lbf (273 J) 12,000 CUP
.38 S&W 158 gr (10.2 g) 767 ft/s (234 m/s) 206 ft•lbf (279 J) 14,500 psi
.38 S&W Special Wadcutter 148 gr (9.6 g) 690 ft/s (210 m/s) 156 ft•lbf (212 J) 17,500 psi
.38 S&W Special 158 gr (10.2 g) 940 ft/s (290 m/s) 310 ft•lbf (420 J) 17,500 psi
.38 Special Super Police 200 gr (13 g) 671 ft/s (205 m/s) 200 ft•lbf (271 J) 17,500 psi
.38 Special +P 158 gr (10.2 g) 1,000 ft/s (300 m/s) 351 ft•lbf (476 J) 20,000 psi
.38 Special +P+ 110 gr (7.1 g) 1,100 ft/s (340 m/s) 295 ft•lbf (400 J) 22,500 psi
380 ACP 100 gr (6.5 g) 895 ft/s (273 m/s) 178 ft•lbf (241 J) 21,500 psi
9×19mm Parabellum 115 gr (7.5 g) 1,300 ft/s (400 m/s) 420 ft•lbf (570 J) 35,000 psi
9×19mm Parabellum 124 gr (8.0 g) 1,180 ft/s (360 m/s) 383 ft•lbf (520 J) 35,000 psi
9×18mm Makarov 95 gr (6.2 g) 1,050 ft/s (320 m/s) 231 ft•lbf (313 J) 23,500 psi
.38 Super 130 gr (8.4 g) 1,275 ft/s (389 m/s) 468 ft•lbf (634 J) 36,500 psi
.357 Magnum 158 gr (10.2 g) 1,349 ft/s (411 m/s) 639 ft•lbf (866 J) 35,000 psi
.357 SIG 125 gr (8.1 g) 1,450 ft/s (440 m/s) 584 ft•lbf (792 J) 40,000 psi

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