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.

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  1. Winchester 38 Super +P 130 Grain FMJ – 50 Rounds


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    Manufacturer Winchester
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Super
    Manufacturer SKU Q4205
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 020892201965
    Cost Per Round $1.04 per round

    Load up your 1911 or EAA Witness with this high quality .38 Super ammunition for a great time at the range. These cartridges fire a 130 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1,215 feet per second, producing relatively mild recoil in the full size pistols typically used with this caliber. This ammo is designated +P, like all .38 Super loads. It can be fired in any gun chambered for .38 Super.

    Winchester ammunition is loaded in Oxford, Mississippi using non-corrosive Boxer primers and reloadable brass cases. Winchester brass is of very high quality and can serve as an excellent starting point for handloading.

    Although primarily associated with competitive shooting, the .38 Super is also excellent for regular target shooting as it is generally less tiring to shoot than the .45 ACP. When loaded with JHPs, it has higher performance potential than the 9mm Luger and can work very well for personal protection.

  2. Corbon 38 Super +P 125 Grain JHP – 20 Rounds


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    Manufacturer Corbon
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 125 Grain
    Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)
    Use Type home defense
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 20
    Ammo Caliber 38 Super
    Manufacturer SKU SD38X125/20
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 757750355286
    Cost Per Round $1.25 per round

    Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) ammo that's as ready as you are for home defense. Made by Corbon, this 38 Super ammunition is Brass-cased, Boxer-primed with a 125 Grain bullet. These are trusted New rounds so sleep easy knowing you're picking up 20 rounds of 38 Super that promises reliable feeding and extraction shot after shot.

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