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

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    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 Boxer
    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. Tula 38 Special 130 Grain FMJ – 50 Rounds

    $29.85

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    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 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU UL038130
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 814950011548
    Cost Per Round 59.7¢ per round

    Save on your practice loads while increasing your range time with these .38 Special rounds from TulAmmo. These cartridges use reliably igniting non-corrosive Boxer primers fitted into non-reloadable steel casings for cost savings. A standard pressure load behind a medium weight 130 grain FMJ projectile makes for a great practice round which will produce recoil between that of the most popular defense loads.

    TulAmmo is produced at the Tula Arms Plant in Russia. While they are well known for producing and branding surplus Russian military rounds, they also specialize in production of other calibers for the U.S. market and draw on experience spanning over three centuries and many wars.

    Customer Reviews

    I am completely happy with all phases of the purchase.

    +

    Review by Bos'n (Posted on 12/20/2021)

    awsome

    excellent

    Review by chicagocarl (Posted on 12/2/2021)

    excellent

    early delivery excellent product

    Review by chicagocarl (Posted on 11/24/2021)

  3. Prvi Partizan 38 Special 158 Grain LSWCHP – 500 Rounds

    $368.85

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    Manufacturer Prvi Partizan
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Type Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point(LSWCHP)
    Use Type home defense, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 500
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU PPH38SH
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 8605003817543
    Cost Per Round 73.8¢ per round

    The power to carve clean holes through paper targets – coupled with the ability to expand inside soft tissue. That’s the one-two punch you sign up for when you order a case of Prvi Partizan 38 Special 158 Grain LSWCHP ammo!

    The lead semi-wadcutter hollow point is not an excessively fancy projectile. This non-jacketed bullet’s side profile looks like that of a crayon, complete with a flat tip and angular shoulder. Its unique shape enables the LSWCHP to pass through a sheet of paper without making a tattered mess of it, which makes this ammo a natural pick for serious revolver marksmen. The LSWCHP’s flat nose also makes it lever-gun friendly.

    If you use this ammo for personal protection with a snubnose, its broad tip is still going to inflict more damage to flesh and organs than an FMJ’s round nose could have. And if you defend yourself with a long-barreled revolver or rifle, its nose cavity will double down in the form of deleterious terminal expansion.

    Prvi Partizan rolls their own brass to make strong, straight and reloadable Boxer-primed rimmed cases. Non-corrosive and nonmagnetic, you can enjoy firing this ammo wherever you please and without damaging your firearm!

  4. Remington HTP 38 Special +P 125 Grain SJHP – 20 Rounds

    $22.85

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    Manufacturer Remington
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 125 Grain
    Bullet Type Semi-Jacketed Hollow-Point (SJHP)
    Use Type home defense
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 20
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU RTP38S21A
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 047700496702
    Cost Per Round $1.14 per round

    Looking to give your concealed carry revolver a little extra punch? Give it Remington’s HTP label 38 Special +P ammunition, which accelerates its bullet to a muzzle velocity of 945 fps. At close range you’ll be certain to inflict more than the minimum 220 ft lbs of energy recommended for self-defense.

    This round’s 125 grain SJHP bullet uses its energy very effectively. The jacketed hollow point’s semi-jacket is still complete enough to ensure deep penetration, and it helps to make certain terminal expansion spreads out across a uniform plane. The bullet’s nose cavity is engineered to deliver up to double diameter expansion – a wide wound channel, in addition to a deep one!

    Remington selects their best brass cases, non-corrosive Kleanbore primers and clean-burning propellant for their HTP loads. This ammo is only suitable for firearms that are rated for +P, but it should run just fine through lever-action Henry rifles as well in case you’d like to do a little hunting.

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