Heavy .38 Special +P Pistol and Handgun Ammo

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Heavy .38 Special +P Ammo - 158 gr. L.S.W.C.H.P. --G.C. (1,000fps/M.E. 351 ft.lbs.) - 20 Round Box

The new Buffalo Bore Heavy 38 SPL+p ammo will maximize the effectiveness of your 38 SPL revolver. The powders are flash suppressed so as to not hinder your vision should you be required to drop the hammer in low light.

Item 20A/20 is the terrific SOFT lead semi wad cutter hollow cavity bullet, however we've added a gas check to stop the leading that this load typically causes with other manufacturers version of this bullet.

Item 20B/20 uses the low velocity (LV) Jacketed Hollow Point bullet that is designed to expand at as little as 800 fps, so you will get expansion out of very short barrels.

Whether you prefer the very soft semi wadcutter lead bullet, or a very soft JHC, (jacketed hollow cavity) these HVY 38 SPL+p loads will turbo charge your 38 SPL revolver.

The tactical reload: Short (2 to 2.5 inch) barreled revolvers have short ejectors. Those short ejectors typically used on 2 inch to 2.5 inch barreled revolvers are not long enough to fully eject 357 magnum brass. So if you are forced into a situation where you need to reload your weapon under fire, you will find yourself picking your fired/empty 357 brass out of the cylinder one at a time - this is very bad. On the other hand, 38SPL brass is shorter than 357 brass and those short ejectors will often fully eject 38SPL brass. We have experimented a great deal with short barreled revolvers and have found that 38SPL brass normally offers an advantage if you need to reload your "snub nose" revolver, in a hurry.

Check out the below velocities that I fired from my personal revolvers. We believe that real world, stock, "over the counter" guns, give real world results, so we don't advertise velocities that are fired from long test barrels.

These 38SPL+P loads are generating low-end 357 magnum, ballistics. If you have an older or more fragile 38SPL, or if you are recoil sensitive, consider using our HVY Standard Pressure 38SPL ammunition. It is safe to be fired in any 38SPL revolver and it still packs much more punch than ordinary 38SPL ammo.

Item 20A: 158gr., very soft cast, semi wad cutter, (Keith) hollow cavity, with a gas check. This bullet will mushroom violently on impact and will penetrate roughly 14 inches in human flesh. Again, this bullet is gas checked and will not lead your barrel.

S&W mod. 60, 2 inch- 1040 fps (379 ft. lbs.) 
S&W mod. 66, 2.5 inch- 1059 fps (393 ft. lbs.) 
Ruger SP101, 3 inch- 1143 fps (458 ft. lbs.) 
S&W Mt. Gun, 4 inch- 1162 fps (474 ft. lbs.) 

Item 20A - Exterior Ballistics Charts for several different Muzzle Velocities

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Muzzle Velocity @ 1500 fps for Item 20A

 

Muzzle Velocity @ 1400 fps for Item 20A

 

Muzzle Velocity @ 1300 fps for Item 20A

 

Muzzle Velocity @ 1200 fps for Item 20A

 

Muzzle Velocity @ 1100 fps for Item 20A

 

Muzzle Velocity @ 1000 fps for Item 20A

Field Proven pistol and handgun ammo. Maximum firepower ammo. Best ammunition for pistols and handguns for sale. Buffalo Bore. Strictly big bore. Strictly Business.

Attention!
You must be 18 or older to order ammunition. Ammunition must ship UPS ground. Due to Department of Transportation regulations, we cannot accept returns on Ammunition. Make sure to use the correct ammunition in your gun. Check local laws before ordering.

TomB on 10/27/2012 10:26am
I purchased these rounds to test in my Ruger LCR 357 to carry as my off-duty weapon. I have tested a lot of rounds for accuracy and power. Both 38 and 357's. I have been a police officer for 26 years and have been a homicide detective for a lot of those years. I have attended numerous autopsies involving shootings. Let's just say that with my experience I am a firm believer in a heavier bullet for the caliber, rather than a light fast bullet. Heavier bullets seem to be penetrate deeper, thus, do more damage. Now. These 158g p loads, are hot out of my Ruger lcr They are very accurate and very controllable with little muzzle flash. They offer a little more kick than pdx 357, which I also carry. I shot a hanging bowling pin with a lot of rounds and these BB's made the pin swing with greater force than all the other rounds. They shoot to point of aim. I tested their accuracy standing at 20 yards. I am very impressed with these rounds and have made them my carry round in my Ruger lcr. I carry BB's stoked in my gun and the PDX 357 in a speed loader or a stripper clip. I don't carry the BB's as extra rounds as I carry the reloaders in my pocket and am afraid the lead would get damaged. Thanks BB for these rounds. I trust my life and my families life with these rounds.
Jesse Gibson on 04/28/2012 06:15pm

Just ran some tests on BB Ammo. First try with this ProChrono. . .

The .38 is a K-38 14-4 from 1979 - 6" Barrel - My favorite small revolver
Buffalo Bore Heavy 38 SPL +P 158 grain LSWHC-GC

  • H: 1213
  • L: 1180
  • AV: 1200fps
  • ES: 33
  • SD: 13
  • Conditions:
  • T: 82F
  • B: 29.9 inHg
  • Humidity: 45%

OUTSTANDING

LTC JFC on 12/22/2011 01:22pm
I built my 3" gun just for this load, a round butt Mod 10 with a standard weight barrel. It has and exposed backstrap, but is an all steel K-Frame so recoil is lively, but not punishing. What is punishing is the 1103 FPS muzzle velocity of the 158gr bullet. Finally, my beloved .38 revolvers deliver power without excuses. Over 400 foot pounds of energy on tap significantly boosts my confidence. The 2" grouping to POI at 25 yards made great ammunition outstanding. Thank You Buffalo Bore for making my .38s into modern and capable fighting handguns without having to upscale to .357 magnum frames and recoil.
Bullwinkle229 on 05/09/2011 08:31am
Just received my shipment of these rounds for my Ruger LCR. The revolver weighs just 13.5 oz. unloaded and these round are "stout" but manageable. As usual, the 38 p Buffalo's in my new snubby feel like 357's, the BB .357's in my Ruger GP-100 feel like 44 mags and the BB 45 heavy's and 454 Casull in my raging bull Taurus make my range buddys cringe when I shoot em'. For personal defense I never carry
anything but Buffalo Bore! And they make a great 9mm for my HK-P30.
aki on 03/11/2011 12:14am
very powerful out of my j frame it feels like a mild 357 so its a stiff and sharp punch but nothing to extreme but if you want to be able to trust a 38 snub then this and the 125 grain is the best choice
Leon Kenshalo on 06/22/2010 10:57pm
As an Alaskan, the only rounds I will carry in my light hiking .38, are Buffalo Bore Hard Cast Wadcutters. If I need to reach big game vitals to defend my family, I want a round that can penetrate deeply. BB are the deepest. Thanks Tim.
Dan Sanor on 04/26/2010 07:56am
I fired this ammo out of .357 magnum revolver with a "4 barrel. It is extremely comfortable to shoot for the ammount of stopping power it delivers. No problem at all with follow-up shots. If you are looking for quality personal defense ammo, in .38 p, give this a try.
Reno on 02/03/2010 05:25pm
I am a Police Officer as well as a firearms instructor in CT. I load these in my Ruger LCR. I shot these as well as Hornady Critical Defense, and Federal Hydroshock. I found the BB to shoot as well, as fast, but with about 30 more grains of weight. I like the extra power for my family's safety sake.
Joe Quintiliani on 01/22/2010 05:40pm
This is the only load I carry in my Smith J-Frame. I have full confidence that this load will perform as advertised every time. I can't rely on lower velocity JHP's that might not expand in a snubbie.
Peter Grant on 03/25/2009 12:20pm
This is an outstanding load! Peter Grant
George Moore on 03/18/2009 08:43pm
I bought this load for my then new Scandium J frame. Full power 357 ammo was impossible to control and the muzzel flash was horrendous. The BB 158 LHP proved to be stiff but , very controllable, accurate and terminal performance was astonishing for a 2" belly gun. I carry it in all my 2" and 4" mid bores. It's the BEST defensive load going for the 38 and beats most 357. Great stuff!

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