38 Special Ammo

The most widely used revolver cartridge in the world is surely .38 Special ammo, a balanced caliber that offers solid all-around performance for target shooting and self-defense. While the traditional .38 Special load typically fires a 158 grain lead bullet at a relatively low velocity, modern self-defense ammo often opts for a lighter 110-130 grain projectile and a higher velocity approaching 1,000 feet per second. This is due to the nature of jacketed hollow point bullets, which expand more reliably at higher velocities. .38 Special cartridges can be fired in .357 Magnum revolvers, making them an excellent low-cost, low-recoil alternative choice for owners of such firearms.

.38 Special handguns are often used for concealed carry. Additionally, an LEO who is typically issued a semi-automatic pistol may choose to also carry a compact backup gun so he can perform a "New York Reload"--a quick switch from an empty primary weapon to a fully loaded secondary weapon. The .38 Special is a common caliber for this purpose.

While not historically accurate to the "Wild West" period, the .38 lends itself well to action shooting. Cowboy loads in .38 Special use bare lead in order to play nice with steel targets; they're also lighter-shooting than typical range ammo in order to help the user make fast, accurate shots without regard to stopping power.

You'll find 38 special ammunition frequently in-stock from CCI, Magtech, Federal, Winchester and other great brands here at Widener's. You can see all our available rounds for sale below.

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  1. Tula 38 Special 130 Grain FMJ – 1000 Rounds

    $499.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Tula Cartridge Works
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Steel
    Quantity 1000
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU UL038130
    Primer Type Berdan
    Magnetic Yes
    UPC Barcode 814950016550
    Cost Per Round 50.0¢ per round

    Get those cylinders turning with this 1000 round bulk case of .38 Special from Tula! These Russian made cartridges feature non-reloadable steel casings, non-corrosive Boxer primers, and 130 grain Full Metal Jacket bullets with flat noses which create nice holes for target practice and competition. 130 grains is a good medium weight for the caliber and provides appropriate practice recoil in revolvers as well as lever-action rifles.

    Ammunition from the Tula Arms Plant is manufactured using efficient practices and techniques that have been honed since the 18th century throughout times of peace and war. This results in the production of ammo with great performance at a low cost which gets passed on to the customer.

    Customer Reviews

    Stout

    No issues with this ammo. It seems to be plenty stout for .38 special.

    Review by Pcbe (Posted on 12/12/2021)

    Ammo goes bang with authority all the time. Accurate enough. But most she'll stick in the chambers, requiring a dowl pin or unsharpened #2 pencil to use to tap them out of the chambers.

    Ammo has plenty of powder,,maybe a Plus P amount. Goes bang all the time.
    But most she'll stick in the chambers.
    I use a unsharpened #2 pencil to tap them out with. For plinking they are better than no ammo at all.

    Review by USMC Captain (Posted on 11/7/2021)

    Fast delivery and exactly what I ordered! Good job!

    Great job

    Review by Outback (Posted on 6/8/2020)

    haters gonna hate

    works fine in my guns,some folks hate steel case ammo..

    Review by jeff (Posted on 5/14/2020)

  2. PMC Bronze 38 Special 132 Grain FMJ - 1000 Rounds

    Regular Price: $637.85

    Special Price: $584.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer PMC
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 132 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 1000
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 38G
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 90741569070105
    Cost Per Round 58.5¢ per round

    This .38 Special ammunition from PMC fires full metal jacket bullets that comply with many indoor range rules (unlike lead round nose loads) and produce relatively minimal fouling in the barrel of your revolver. They are a cost-effective and accurate choice for your target shooting activities.

    Each round in this bulk priced case of 1,000 (perfect for high volume shooters) fires a medium weight 132 grain FMJ at a muzzle velocity of 917 feet per second. This is a medium power load producing average recoil. As with most .38 Special ammo, these cartridges can be fired in .357 Magnum revolvers as a cost-effective, lower-recoiling alternative to the magnum cartridge.

    PMC's Bronze series is a popular choice for low-cost range use due to its consistent quality. It is loaded in South Korea using non-corrosive primers and reloadable brass cases.

    Customer Reviews

    Smooth Fire

    Never used PMC before but find them to be an eazy fire bullet with minimum powder left inside barrell. True to target

    Review by JP (Posted on 6/16/2022)

  3. Blazer Brass 38 Special 125 Grain FMJ - 1000 Rounds

    $619.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Blazer Brass
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 125 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 1000
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 5204
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 10076683052046
    Cost Per Round 62.0¢ per round

    The 38 Special was invented in 1898 by Smith & Wesson and was used during both World Wars by nations around the globe. With the fantastic efficacy, stopping power, and reliability this round provides, as well as its manageable recoil, the 38 Special remains a popular handgun round today for range training and self defense, providing a proven, historic round for all your handgun shooting needs.

    Blazer Brass is a fantastic company based in the United States that is partnered with the likes of CCI, Speer, and Federal, some of the best ammunition manufacturers in America, helping show just how amazing Blazer Brass's ammo is. Firing at 865 feet per second, these 125 grain, brass cased, boxer primed, full metal jacket rounds fly straight and true and with fantastic reliability, perfect for practicing your skills at the range.

  4. Federal American Eagle 38 Special 158 Grain LRN - 1000 Rounds

    $659.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Federal
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type Lead Round Nose (LRN)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 1000
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU AE38B
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 50029465085013
    Cost Per Round 66.0¢ per round

    Break out the strips and speedloaders and rock your favorite wheelguns with this 1000 round bulk pack of .38 Special rounds from Federal. These cartridges feature Federal's own reloadable brass casings and high grade, non-corrosive Boxer primers for reliable ignition and true cylinder fit. The rounds are topped with lead round nose (LRN) projectiles backed by a standard pressure powder charge; the heavy 158 grain bullet will leave the muzzle at 770 feet per second while producing recoil appropriate for defensive practice without being so stout as to scare you off the range.

    Federal is a long-trusted name in American ammunition manufacturing and is well known for their unique offerings to all facets of the shooting community. The American Eagle line is an economical choice for high volume shooters that doesn't skimp on component quality.

  5. PMC Battle Pack 38 Special 132 Grain FMJ - 300 Rounds

    $199.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer PMC
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 132 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 300
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 38G-BP
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 741569050401
    Cost Per Round 66.6¢ per round

    As far as cheap ammunition goes, PMC is the way to go. Known for their accuracy and reliability, PMC has become a front runner in inexpensive ammunition. They even make everything from howitzer rounds to small arms rounds for the South Korean military. With PMC's Battle Pack product line, you know that your ammo has been tested in real combat situations. You can't get better ammunition for the same, inexpensive price from anywhere but PMC.

    These full metal jacket, range training rounds are loaded into brass shells with boxer primers, ripe for your reloading pleasure. With 300 rounds of battle tested, 38 special ammunition, you will have a good start on your prepper stockpile or be on your way to a fun weekend.

  6. PMC Bronze 38 Special 132 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds

    $33.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer PMC
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 132 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type indoor range shooting, match or precision shooting, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 38G
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 741569070102
    Cost Per Round 67.7¢ per round

    Enjoy inexpensive, clean shooting with this .38 Special ammunition from PMC. These cartridges come loaded with a full metal jacket bullet that produces less fouling and airborne lead than lead round nose projectiles and can be shot at indoor ranges that prohibit the use of LRNs.

    Each cartridge in this box of 50 propels a 132 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 917 feet per second. This is a standard pressure load that can be fired in older or snubnose revolvers. It can also be used in .357 Magnum revolvers as a cost-effective training alternative.

    PMC ammo is loaded in South Korea using reloadable brass cases and non-corrosive Boxer primers.

    Customer Reviews

    Great Ammo

    Clean fireing, always on Target

    Review by JP (Posted on 6/18/2022)

  7. Remington UMC 38 Special 158 Grain LRN – 500 Rounds

    $359.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Remington
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type Lead Round Nose (LRN)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 500
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU L38S5
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 047700067711
    Cost Per Round 72.0¢ per round

    Shoot and save with this affordable .38 Special range ammunition from Remington UMC. These cartridges are perfect for high volume outdoor use and produce gentle recoil and good accuracy.

    Each cartridge in this bulk priced case of 500 fires a heavy 158 grain lead round nose bullet at 755 feet per second. As with all .38 Special cartridges, these rounds can be used in a .357 Magnum revolver as a light-kicking, low-cost alternative.

    Remington UMC ammo uses reloadable brass cases and non-corrosive Boxer primers. Note that this particular load fires lead nosed bullets, which may not be allowed at all shooting ranges.

  8. Federal 38 Special 158 Grain American Eagle LRN - 50 Rounds

    $36.85

    In stock

    • Buy 5 at $34.85 /each and save
    Manufacturer Federal
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type Lead Round Nose (LRN)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU AE38B
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 029465085018
    Cost Per Round 69.7¢ to 73.7¢ per round

    Order this 50-round box of .38 Special ammunition from Federal Premium and you’ll be all set for a round of affordable training. These cartridges hold 158-grain lead round nose bullets that give you reliable performance while helping you shoot affordable ammunition. Get the results you want without emptying your wallet by choosing these top-notch .38 Special cartridges.

    These bullets come out of the barrel with a muzzle velocity of 770 feet per second and a muzzle energy of 208 foot pounds. The lead round nose is a great choice for economical handgun training and general practice at the range. These bullets are 100% lead with no jacket, helping keep the cost down so you can go through the training you need at an affordable price.

    Federal Premium Ammunition is one of the top American companies for hunting, target shooting, and self defense cartridges. Based out of Minnesota, they also have a large supply of reloading equipment and accessories.

  9. Remington UMC 38 Special 130 Grain MC – 1000 Rounds

    $744.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Remington
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Metal Case (MC)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 1000
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU L38S11A
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 047700386041
    Cost Per Round 74.5¢ per round

    This 38 Special cartridge is from Remington’s UMC division. They specialize in making only a select few types of popular rounds, so they’re able to sell in the quantities that allow them to keep their customers’ prices low. This round has got the metal case projectile for which UMC is so well-known -- it’s functionally no different from a full metal jacket, and accordingly prevents bore fouling while keeping feeding smooth in a semi-automatic weapon.

    This round has got Remington’s Kleanbore primer. Your pistol’s bore will be much better off in the long run for having been exposed to so clean burning a primer, and that it’s non-corrosive means you can confidently set this case of ammo aside for a very long time. This round has also got the kind of quality brass casing that reloading enthusiasts covet.

    It’s worth noting that these 1,000 rounds of ammo are split up among only four boxes. That makes things a little more convenient while you’re carrying all of your gear to the range, having to bring only one box rather than several. A big box is also very handy for storing reloads in.

  10. Remington UMC 38 Special 158 Grain LRN – 50 Rounds

    $37.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Remington
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type Lead Round Nose (LRN)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU L38S5
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 047700067704
    Cost Per Round 75.7¢ per round

    Target shooters looking for a cost-effective, accurate, and light-kicking load for their revolvers will find much to like in this .38 Special ammunition from Remington UMC.

    These cartridges fire a 158 grain lead round nose bullet at 755 feet per second, producing relatively low recoil and excellent short-range performance. Note that lead nosed bullets may not be suitable for all ranges.

    Remington UMC (Union Metallic Cartridge) ammo is made in the USA using reloadable brass and non-corrosive primers.

  11. Black Hills Cowboy Action 38 Special 158 Grain CNL – 50 Rounds

    $44.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Black Hills Ammunition
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type #1 Shot
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU DCB38N1
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 612710107018
    Cost Per Round 89.7¢ per round

    An excellent choice if you're in search of a great 38 Special round for plinking at the range. This New Black Hills Ammunition ammo comes loaded with a 158 Grain #1 Shot along with a Boxer primer that's loaded in a Brass case. With this package, you'll receive 50 rounds ready to fire. Plus, you know it'll come fast from our warehouse to your door because we know shooting ammo is a lot more fun than looking at it online or waiting on delivery!

  12. Winchester Super Match Super-X 38 Special 148 Grain Wadcutter – 50 Rounds

    $50.00

    In stock

    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 148 Grain
    Bullet Type Lead Wadcutter
    Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU X38SMRP
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 020892201361
    Cost Per Round $1.00 per round

    This is a great round for match or precision shooting, plinking at the range. From Winchester, this 38 Special ammunition is New with a Lead Wadcutter 148 Grain bullet. You'll get 50 rounds of Brass cased ammo that's ready for your next trip out to shoot. Like every round for sale, we stand behind this ammo and have your back so rest assured you're not only getting a good deal, you're getting the peace of mind that comes along with a trusted supplier.

  13. Hornady 38 Special +P 110 Grain Critical Defense FTX - 25 Rounds

    $34.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Hornady
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 110 Grain
    Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
    Use Type home defense
    Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
    Quantity 25
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 90311
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 090255903119
    Cost Per Round $1.39 per round

    Get the accuracy, power, and terminal ballistics you need for your self defense cartridges by ordering this 25-round box of .38 Special +P ammunition. You’ll have cartridges that carry a powerful and intelligently-engineered 110-grain bullet that uses Hondardy’s FTX Critical Defense design. These bullets are your top choice for protecting your home, yourself, and your loved ones.

    These FTX Critical Defense cartridges have nickel cases and premium low flash propellants for increased visibility in low light situations. The are clean burning and feed reliably from the magazine to the chamber. The silver nickel plating prevents corrosion and gives you the most reliable performance, something you are counting on when it comes to personal protection.

    Hornady is one of the leading names in ammunition, creating a wide range of products for target shooting, hunting, and self defense. They are based out of Nebraska and have a reputation for quality, accuracy, and consistency.

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