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Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special

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Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo
158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850 fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.)
20 Round Box


Due to customer demand, we've developed this defensive 38 SPL ammo. Our customers wanted some devastating 38 SPL loads that would fill the following criteria. 

1. It won't hurt older/fragile/alloy revolvers. (Non +P)
2. Is effective as a "fight stopper" through the use of proper bullets. 
3. Is more powerful than typical/standard, weak 38SPL ammo.
4. Generate much less recoil than our +P 38SPL ammo.
5. Is flash suppressed.

Buffalo Bore is introducing these three different heavy, yet standard pressure loadings for 38 SPL. These offerings are loaded at standard pressure, but they are much more powerful than normal 38SPL ammo. These loads will not harm older more fragile revolvers. So, these loads are safe for use in ANY 38 SPL revolver, provided it is in normal working condition. As stated above, the "POWER" level of these loads is really closer to a typical +P power level, but the pressure is standard. We are able to develop these powerful standard pressure loads with modern non-canister powders. Again, these loads recoil far less than our +P 38 SPL ammo. 

All three of these loads are flash suppressed, so firing them in the dark won't blind you. We use flash suppressed powder in our defensive ammo, in the loadings we can, because over 90% of all civilian shootings in America occur in low light when the criminal element is at work. We don't want you blinded by your own gunfire after the first shot. 

Item 20C utilizes the same 158gr. with a very soft lead cast, SWC-HC gas checked bullet, we load in our +P 38 SPL ammo. It is designed to expand and then penetrate quite deep. (Approx. 14 inches in human tissue) This bullet is gas checked and will NOT lead your barrel. Note the below velocities that I recorded out of my personal revolvers- NOT TEST BARRELS!

➤   854 fps (256 ft. lbs.) -- S&W mod. 60, 2-inch barrel
➤   871 fps (266 ft. lbs.) -- S&W mod. 66, 2.5-inch barrel
➤   930 fps (303 ft. lbs.) -- Ruger SP101, 3-inch barrel
➤   979 fps (336 ft. lbs.) -- S&W Mt. Gun, 4-inch barrel

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


Muzzle Velocity @ 1200 fps for Item 20C


Muzzle Velocity @ 1100 fps for Item 20C


Muzzle Velocity @ 1000 fps for Item 20C


Muzzle Velocity @ 900 fps for Item 20C


Muzzle Velocity @ 800 fps for Item 20C

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

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.

Scott Tschirhart on 01/09/2022 04:34pm
This is the very best load for a Smith & Wesson airweight. Shoots to the sights and groups better than any other load in my 638.
Dennis on 09/26/2018 06:33pm
I picked up a new S&W Model 60 with a 3" barrel and wanted to see how well it shot the 158 gr LSWCHP standard pressure cartridge. I shot in single action mode because I wanted to see how well the round performed by eliminating my less than perfect double action technique. The result surprised me as I shot a three leaf clover at a distance of twenty-one feet.

I shot several other rounds today as well but none gave me the cloverleaf that I got from Buffalo Bore.

Well done Mr. Sundles!
mark on 06/02/2018 01:19pm
Excellent expansion on a "Paul Harrel meat target." One round expanded to 1.75",and the other to @1.6". Textbook expansion. This was on a four denim layer FBI type test, with a ham as the arm muscle. Complete penetration, and the rounds stop right at the layered backstop. I am very confident that my revolvers with this ammo will stop a threat without destroying my hearing, blinding me in the dark, and will not endanger any bystanders. Great website!
Seth Burgin on 04/14/2018 08:38pm
I got better velocity from a Colt Detective Special, than a J Frame Smith, but the Colt D frame locks up better than any other revolver, except a Russian Nagant. These are what I use in J Frames, but the high carbon steel Colt D Frames were sometimes reamed out to .357, and they could shoot .357 too, just not frequently.
Helga on 07/05/2017 11:00pm
I think something may have gone wrong with my previous review, so here is the corrected version.

I was comparing this "Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Pistol and Handgun Ammo" to the Heavy 158 grain plus P.

"I fired this from my 2016 Taurus 2" snubnose for the first time in my life. The kick was laughable and almost nonexistent. The bullet mushroomed perfectly and stayed in one piece. I shot it into soaking wet phone books. It penetrated your standard large soaking wet phone books at about 2 feet away through 2 and one half of them (the standard size phone books).

The PLUS P 158 grain was incredibly violent to me. It made it into the fifth waterlogged phonebook, but only as the copper-colored back part of the bullet which separated (or fragmented) into a molten looking lead blob that stopped in the 3 and one half phonebook range."
G. Stanley on 03/07/2017 12:56am
This Is a follow up review to my initial one. The ammunition still fires as well as ever even in the moist snowy Jemez mountains of northwest central NM. Never stop making great ammo and being a real asset to this free nation BB.
W Pope on 02/17/2017 11:26am
The perfect .38 SPL defense round for alloy revolvers. Powerful, accurate and comfortable in my '83 Colt Agent.
Gregory Stanley on 12/30/2016 06:49pm
THE absolute best standard pressure .38 special and it's all I will be feeding my 4" S&W model 10-5. Shoots right at point of aim and recoil is very tame in my larger hands. Great stuff BB!
John B on 01/30/2016 11:30am
Through testing several other brands of standard pressure .38 special, I've settled on these.
John B on 11/14/2012 01:53pm
used these in my Taurus M85ul. Recoil is'nt bad at all. Hits hard, and to point of aim at 5yds.
60yrsshootin on 01/10/2012 05:04pm
Shoots to point of aim at 15 ft. with my S
Leon Kenshalo on 05/05/2010 06:07pm
Buffalo Bore ammo is the ONLY thing I will carry while hiking in the Alaskan widerness. I use the LSWC in my .38 and even the full WC for max penetraion. Great product!

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Friends and Customers, 08-18-20


All shooters are being inconvenienced with what is happening to our society and the rush it is causing on ammo supplies. We have LOTS of ammo in stock and are making more at a huge volume on a daily basis. If our web site allows you to order any item, that means it is in stock—WE DO NOT TAKE ORDERS FOR ITEMS WE DO NOT HAVE! So, please do not email and ask if items are in stock. If they aren’t, the shopping cart will not take your order.

We have hundreds of customers to get orders to on a daily basis. In order for us to accomplish this for our customers, we ask the following.

  1. Be sure of what you are ordering. You are going to get what you ordered.

  2. Do not contact us and ask to change an order you’ve already placed. When we manually change orders it requires a lot of time that we do not have during this rush and it keeps us from serving all of our customers. If you’d like to change an order, we can no longer do that till things slow down, so simply place another order for more product, but PLEASE, NO MORE CHANGES after the fact!

  3. We NEVER have and never will take ammo exchanges or returns and then turn around and re-sale that ammo to unsuspecting customers as factory new ammo—this is not safe nor is it fair to customers who are buying what they think is new and safe ammo. No ammo is tamper proof! So please stop asking to exchange or get a refund for ammo you ordered, but have changed your mind about.

  4. Please do not contact us and ask for tracking numbers or “when will my ammo ship”? Our system automatically emails out tracking numbers on the orders we ship each day, however, because these emails are coming from a corporation shopping cart, many of these emails may go to your spam folder……..please look there. If it is not in your spam folder, that means we have not yet shipped. At current order rates, we are shipping within 5-7 business days of the time an internet order is placed. Please sit tight. Your ammo will arrive at the same time if you track it or not and will certainly arrive later if we are swamped answering questions instead of getting orders shipped. When 30-50 people per day send emails asking for tracking information and we have to pull that information up, then type it out and email it, it takes a huge portion of our work day that we should be using to ship those orders to customers in need. Please leave us alone so we can serve all of you. (ship to you) It’s a bit selfish, during times of shortages, when so many folks need to protect their families, to slow us down because you ordered carelessly or want to change your order. Right now, we expect you to do your part to help us all get the ammo we need in our troubled country.

These measures are hopefully temporary and will not be needed for long as we enjoy the interaction with our customers, so please, for the time being, be mindful of all those others who are also trying to get ammo during what I think is a societal meltdown/emergency. Hopefully, we can serve you all. We want you and your families to be armed and safe and we wish you the best during these trying times. My biggest concern is that things will worsen yet more, for a while. Until things straighten out in our government and society, we will have to streamline our customer service in order to serve all customers. Thank you for your understanding.

Good shooting and God bless,

Tim Sundles

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