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.
Prvi Partizan +P 38 Super 130 Grain FMJ – 50 Rounds$20.85
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 41.7¢ 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.
PMC 38 Super +P 130 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds$22.85
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 45.7¢ 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.
Federal 38 Super 115 Grain JHP - 50 Rounds$23.85
Manufacturer Federal Condition New Bullet Weight 115 Grain Bullet Type Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP) Use Type home defense, plinking at the range Casing Type Brass Quantity 50 Ammo Caliber 38 Super Manufacturer SKU AE38S3 Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 029465061579 Cost Per Round 47.7¢ 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.
Magtech 38 Super +P 130 Grain FMJ - 50 Rounds$24.85
Manufacturer Magtech 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 38S Primer Type Boxer Magnetic No UPC Barcode 754908184712 Cost Per Round 49.7¢ per round
This .38 Super ammunition from Magtech is a great choice for high volume shooting. Each cartridge in this box of 50 fires a 130 grain full metal jacket bullet at a muzzle velocity of 1,215 feet per second. In heavy pistols usually used for the .38 Super like the 1911 or EAA Witness, this loading produces relatively low felt recoil. As with all .38 Super loads, this ammo is marked +P. Any firearm chambered for .38 Super is designed to fire ".38 Super +P" ammo.
Magtech ammo is loaded in Ribeirao Pires, Brazil (near Sao Paulo) and uses non-corrosive Boxer primers and brass cases. CBC, the manufacturers of Magtech ammo, produces its own primers, cases, and propellant for better quality control.
The .38 Super cartridge is a particular favorite of reloaders due to its high ballistic potential. Factory loads like these, while not loaded to high pressures, are a great way to get quality brass and quality shooting at the same time.
Winchester 38 Super +P 130 Grain FMJ – 50 Rounds$34.50
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 69.0¢ 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.