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 – 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 TA038158
    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.

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

    $44.85

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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 89.7¢ 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.

    Customer Reviews

    Good practice ammo

    All fired flawlessly and ejected easily without leaving an abundance of crud.

    Review by Roadsterboy (Posted on 7/25/2021)

  4. Remington UMC 38 Special 130 Grain MC - 50 Rounds

    $45.00

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    Manufacturer Remington
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type indoor range shooting, plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Special
    Manufacturer SKU L38S11
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 047700076102
    Cost Per Round 90.0¢ per round

    This .38 Special ammunition from Remington UMC is a cost-effective range load suitable for both indoor and outdoor target shooting. Each box contains 50 cartridges.

    A relatively light target load, these rounds fire a medium weight 130 grain full metal jacket ("metal case" in Remington jargon) bullet at a muzzle velocity of 790 feet per second. Like most .38 Special ammo, these cartridges can be safely fired in .357 Magnum revolvers as a low-recoil, low-cost alternative to the magnum round.

    Remington ammo is loaded in Lonoke, Arkansas using reloadable brass cases and non-corrosive Boxer primers.

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