38 Super Ammo
Introduced in 1929 by Colt as an alternative chambering for the 1911 pistol, the .38 Super has evolved from an armor-penetrating fighting cartridge used by Prohibition-era FBI agents and gangsters to a competitive powerhouse used in IPSC and USPSA "racegun" matches.
.38 Super ammo is sometimes downloaded to 9mm levels for target shooting. These loads are good for high-volume practice, as full-power .38 Super loads are just as tiring to shoot as .45 ACP ones. Ammunition that seeks to take better advantage of the cartridge's potential usually fires a medium weight bullet in the 130 grain range at a velocity of around 1,300-1,400 feet per second. This combination is particularly good with jacketed hollow points, delivering strong, balanced penetration and expansion.
Most .38 Super handguns are 1911 derivatives, though the EAA Witness and SIG P220 offer interesting alternatives. These pistols all make great self-defense firearms provided they can be concealed effectively; self-defense ammo is available from a variety of manufacturers including Winchester, Corbon, and Buffalo Bore. You can find our in-stock 38 Super ammo line-up for sale below.
Federal 38 Super 115 Grain JHP - 50 Rounds$49.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 115 Grain Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Use Type home defense Casing Type Brass Quantity 50 Ammo Caliber 38 Super Manufacturer SKU AE38S3 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465061579 Cost Per Round 99.7¢ per round
While the .38 Super is best known as a competition cartridge in 1911s, it also works well for defense and generic target use. These jacketed hollow point cartridges from Federal's American Eagle series are a great general purpose shooting load.
Each round in this box of 50 fires a 115 grain JHP at a muzzle velocity of 1,130 feet per second. This is a relatively mild loading of the .38 Super; expect low felt recoil in most firearms, especially Government size 1911s or the EAA Witness. In addition to providing expansion, the hollow point projectile has a semi-wadcutter shape that results in nice, clean holes in paper targets.
This ammunition is loaded in Anoka, Minnesota using non-corrosive Boxer primers and reloadable brass cases. Like all .38 Super loads, it is designated +P but can be fired in any handgun chambered for this particular cartridge.