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. Prvi Partizan 38 Special 130 Grain FMJ - 500 Rounds

    $394.85

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    Manufacturer Prvi Partizan
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type indoor range shooting, match or precision shooting, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 500
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU PPH38SF
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 8605003807513C
    Cost Per Round 79.0¢ per round

    Revolver shooters will enjoy the low cost and reliable performance of this .38 Special ammunition from Prvi Partizan. These cartridges fire full metal jacket bullets and work well in both .38 Special and .357 Magnum firearms.

    Each cartridge in this case of 500 fires a 130 grain FMJ bullet at a muzzle velocity of 890 feet per second. This is a medium-power standard pressure load that delivers realistic recoil for defensive practice without being punishing for high volume target shooting.

    Prvi Partizan ammo is loaded in Uzice, Serbia using non-corrosive Boxer primers and reloadable brass cases.

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

    $39.85

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    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 79.7¢ 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.

  3. Aguila 38 Special 130 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds

    $39.85

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    Manufacturer Aguila
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 1E382521
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 640420003146
    Cost Per Round 79.7¢ per round

    50 rounds of Aguila 38 Special ammo that'll have your gun firing for a while and your face smiling for even longer! The Boxer primer, 130 Grain Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) bullet and Brass cases on these New rounds make for the perfect companion for plinking at the range. Pick up some rounds today and you'll get fast shipping along with Widener's world class service.

  4. Magtech 38 Special 158 Grain FMC Flat Nose - 50 Rounds

    $40.00

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    Manufacturer Magtech
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket Flat Nose (FMJFN)
    Use Type match or precision shooting, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 38P
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 754908170210
    Cost Per Round 80.0¢ per round

    If you need training and target-shooting ammunition for your .38 Special handgun, order a few of these 50-round boxes from Magtech, a leader in high-quality ammunition. You’ll get fantastic performance from a round that has 158-grain full metal jacket flat nose bullets. They are perfect for target shooting, plinking, and match competitions.

    When fired, these cartridges have a muzzle velocity of 755 feet per second and a muzzle energy of 200 foot pounds. After traveling 100 yards, they maintain 701 feet per second of speed and 172 foot pounds of energy, making them very reliable for distance competition shots. They will give you less barrel fouling and accurate, consistent trajectories.

    Magtech is a top brand for training, tactical, and hunting ammunition. They create cartridges for a wide range of calibers, including most handguns and rifles available. They even have shotgun shells and rimfire cartridges, making Magtech a go-to choice for many American gun owners.

  5. Blazer Brass CCI 38 Special 125 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds

    $40.85

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    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 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU 5204
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 076683052049
    Cost Per Round 81.7¢ per round

    Developed by Smith & Wesson in 1898, the 38 Special is an incredibly popular handgun round that has been used for over a century. Proven through extensive use in military, law enforcement, and civilian service, the 38 Special has shown its incredible reliability and efficacy.

    Blazer Brass is an American company that makes consistent ammunition that is sold at a great price. As a sister company of CCI and Speer, Blazer ammo utilizes CCI primers, Speer bullets, and is loaded in Lewiston, Idaho.

    With these 38 Special rounds from both Blazer Brass, you have a reliable option that is perfect for the range. These rounds feature 125 grain full metal jacket projectiles and reloadable brass cases. You can expect muzzle velocities around 865 feet per second at the muzzle.

  6. Federal 38 Special 130 Grain American Eagle FMJ - 50 Rounds

    $41.85

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    Manufacturer Federal
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU AE38K
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 029465091903
    Cost Per Round 83.7¢ per round

    If you own a handgun that takes .38 Special cartridges, you can get the ammunition you need for a round of target shooting with these full metal jacket American Eagle rounds from Federal Premium Ammunition. This outstanding cartridge gives you plenty of speed and power, so order a few of these 50-round boxes and you’ll be prepared for a productive day at the range.

    The 130-grain bullets loaded into these cartridges will give you 890 feet per second in muzzle velocity and a muzzle energy of 229 foot pounds. This means outstanding speed and accuracy, and thanks to the full metal jacket, the round will cycle smoothly through the chamber and deliver less fouling in the barrel.

    When you want the best performance from your ammunition, turn to Federal Premium. This Minnesota-based brand is known for outstanding consistency and reliability, and they have cartridges and reloading supplies for nearly every popular caliber and shotgun bore.

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