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.
Tula 38 Special 130 Grain FMJ – 1000 Rounds$253.85
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 TA038158 Primer Type Boxer UPC Barcode 814950016550 Cost Per Round 25.4¢ 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.
Magtech 38 Special 158 Grain LRN – 1000 Rounds$319.85
Manufacturer Magtech 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 38A Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 754908161201 Cost Per Round 32.0¢ per round
This .38 Special ammunition from Magtech is a great choice for general outdoor range use or cowboy action shooting. Each cartridge in this case of 1,000 fires a heavy 158 grain lead round nose bullet at a muzzle velocity of 755 feet per second. This is a light-recoiling target load ideal for both speed and accuracy.
The round nosed bullet used in this ammo is safe for the tubular magazines of popular carbines, but may not be permitted at all indoor ranges due to lead exposure concerns.
Magtech ammunition is loaded in Brazil by CBC, a defense contractor that produces all of its primers (all non-corrosive), propellant, and brass in-house to harness economies of scale and maintain strong quality control.
Blazer 38 Special 158 Grain LRN - 1000 Rounds$339.85
Manufacturer Blazer Condition New Bullet Weight 158 Grain Bullet Type Lead Round Nose (LRN) Use Type plinking at the range Casing Type Aluminum Quantity 1000 Ammo Caliber 38 Special Manufacturer SKU 3522 Primer Type Berdan UPC Barcode 38Special158LRNCCI-1000 Cost Per Round 34.0¢ per round
When you want a reliable cartridge for target shooting and training, you need to order this box of .38 Special ammunition. You’ll get 1,000 affordable rounds that allow you to get the practice you need, helping you become a smart, reliable, and responsible gun owner. Whether you own a pistol or a revolver, these cartridges will give you power, speed, and terminal performance.
These rounds use a 158-grain lead round nose. The have a muzzle velocity of 755 feet per second and a muzzle energy of 200 foot pounds. Thanks to a strong load and aerodynamic design, they maintain a speed over 700 feet per second, even out to 100 yards.
Blazer has a wide variety of training and target-shooting ammunition, as well as handgun and rifle cartridges for self defense. They are part of Vista Outdoor Inc., which has multiple brands and provides a wide range of outdoor products.
PMC Bronze 38 Special 132 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds$18.85
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 37.7¢ 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.