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. Prvi Partizan +P 38 Super 130 Grain FMJ – 500 Rounds

    $249.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Prvi Partizan
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 500
    Ammo Caliber 38 Super
    Manufacturer SKU PPH38SU
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 8605003814351
    Cost Per Round 50.0¢ per round

    If you're looking for a full power .38 Super target load that makes good use of this classic cartridge's ballistic potential, grab this case of ammunition from Serbian manufacturer Prvi Partizan.

    This ammunition fires a 130 grain full metal jacket bullet at 1,213 feet per second, making it significantly more powerful than most 9mm loads. In 1911s and other full-size handguns chambered for .38 Super, this does not come with a huge increase in felt recoil and results in an overall enjoyable shooting experience.

    Prvi Partizan ammo is loaded in the city of Uzice using non-corrosive primers and reloadable brass. Like all .38 Super ammo, these rounds are designated +P. Any firearm chambered in .38 Super can fire +P ammunition.

  2. PMC 38 Super +P 130 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds

    $28.00

    In stock

    Manufacturer PMC
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Super
    Manufacturer SKU 38SA
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 741569070126
    Cost Per Round 56.0¢ per round

    PMC is probably the best ammunition manufacturer in Asia, supplying the world with phenomenal, inexpensive ammo, and supplying their own country, South Korea, with most of the ammunition for their military. When you buy from PMC, you will be getting accurate, reliable ammunition that you can rely on.

    Developed in the latter part of the 1920's, the 38 Super was created as a higher powered version of the .38 ACP. However, not only are these rounds higher powered than the .38 ACP, but these have added pressure. When you fire these 38 Super +P, full metal jacket rounds, at 1100 feet per second, your target doesn't stand a chance. These 130 grain rounds are fantastic for range training, and with the added pressure, you can practice with the real feel of a self defense round.

    Customer Reviews

    good buy

    Good ammo, good deal, in stock, and fast delivery

    Review by ironmike (Posted on 10/1/2020)

  3. Prvi Partizan +P 38 Super 130 Grain FMJ – 50 Rounds

    $28.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Prvi Partizan
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 Grain
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Use Type plinking at the range
    Casing Type Brass
    Quantity 50
    Ammo Caliber 38 Super
    Manufacturer SKU PPH38SU
    Primer Type Boxer
    Magnetic No
    UPC Barcode 8605003813118
    Cost Per Round 57.7¢ per round

    Look no further for full-power .38 Super range ammo--Prvi Partizan has you covered. These economical cartridges take good advantage of the potential of this caliber and surpass all but the hottest 9mm loads in power level.

    Each round in this box of 50 fires a medium weight 130 grain full metal jacket bullet at 1,213 feet per second. In all-steel 1911s and other large service handguns, this results in the best of all worlds: flat trajectories, great accuracy, and relatively mild felt recoil.

    Prvi Partizan of Uzice (PPU) is a Serbian manufacturer established in the 1920s. Their products use reloadable brass and non-corrosive primers.

  4. Aguila 38 Super +P 130 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds

    $34.85

    In stock

    Manufacturer Aguila
    Condition New
    Bullet Weight 130 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 Super
    Manufacturer SKU 1E382112
    Primer Type Boxer
    UPC Barcode 640420003153
    Cost Per Round 69.7¢ per round

    Loaded with increased pressure and ideal for your target shooting and competitions, this 50-round box of .38 Super +P ammo is a good find from Aguila. You’ll have 130-grain full metal jacket loads that are extremely reliable in the firearm and downrange, with plenty of speed and energy for outstanding terminal ballistics. If you want the most consistent success at pistol match competitions, make sure you are loading these outstanding cartridges.

    These rounds come out of the barrel with an initial speed of 1,220 feet per second and an energy of 430 foot pounds. They have a high-quality bullet that feeds smoothly into and out of the chamber, giving you reliable feeding in autoloading handguns. You’ll also have less fouling compared to all-lead bullets.

    Aguila is dedicated to providing high-performance cartridges for training and target-shooting purposes. They develop state-of-the-art rounds that are trusted by the most demanding gun owners.

  5. Federal 38 Super 115 Grain JHP - 50 Rounds

    $49.85

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    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.

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