38 Special Bullets

38 Special Bullets for Sale

The packages below include only the projectile and are meant for shooters who reload their own ammunition. If you are looking for loaded cartridges ready to fire, please visit our 38 Special Ammo page to see what we have in-stock.

Despite the overwhelming popularity of semi-automatic pistols, the 38 Special remains one of America’s favorite handgun cartridges. It is not a dominating round in terms of power, but its reliability, manageable recoil, and proven effectiveness for self-defense will all make sure the 38 Special sticks around for a very long time.

The 38 Special performs well with a wide range of bullets. 38 Special bullets for reloading typically weigh 110 to 158 grains. LRN and SWC wadcutters are commonly loaded for target shooting, while a variety of available JHPs let reloaders create self-defense loads of their own design.

Reloading the 38 Special is relatively easy thanks to its large case and tolerance for a variety of different propellant charges – you do not have to worry about whether a charge can cycle a semi-auto, after all. Seating a bullet to the correct depth isn’t overcomplicated. The low power round is gentle on its case, so brass can be reloaded dozens of times. Many shooters don’t even bother cleaning their brass since they can just pluck it out of a cylinder once fired!

The 357 Magnum bullet shares an identical .357 diameter, making 38 Special bullets an even more versatile investment.

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  1. Berry's .357 Bullets - 125 Grain Flat Point Solid – 1000 Count (Not Ammo)

    $94.85

    In stock

    Cost Per Bullet 9.5¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 125 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 357 Mag, 38 Special
    Quantity 1000
    Bullet Type Flat-Point Solids
    Manufacturer Berry's
    Manufacturer SKU 95400

    Please note: This isn’t loaded ammunition. Component bullets are basically fishing sinkers until they have cases, propellant and primers.

    Home cooking is always better than takeout. Handloaded ammo is always better than the factory stuff, too! If you prefer to put a personal touch on every round you fire, then you’re going to love what Berry’s is up to.

    At 125 grains and .357” in diameter, this makes the perfect bullet for either 38 Special or 357 Magnum. The bullet is well balanced thanks both to its swaged lead core and electroplated copper jacket, and its flat meplat is great for stamping holes into paper targets.

    An electroplated jacket isn’t just evenly distributed. It also leaves no part of the core exposed to propellant gasses, which prevents the evaporation of toxic lead during ignition. Berry’s restrikes their TMJ bullets once they have plated them, creating a durable bond in the process.

    These training bullets are .518" long. Loading them to velocities in excess of 1,250 fps may lead to core/jacket separation. Plated bullets are not recommended for firearms with ported barrels or compensators.

    Customer Reviews

    Good, plated, flat nose 38 special bullets

    Having loaded 1000s of similar bullets in the last few decades, these seem as good as any, though I never thought I would ever have to pay so much for bullets. I do feel however, from one that somehow got damaged while reloading, that the plating on these might be on the light side, but I haven't compared it to my previous reloads yet.

    Review by J (Posted on 7/14/2022)

    Very nice bullets that load easily and show good accuracy.

    Very nice bullets. They load easily and show good accuracy

    Review by Popkeen (Posted on 12/8/2021)

    Good product for the money.

    For my purposes, loading for .38 special, these bullets were a very good buy. Recommended FPS limit was 1250, so I'm guessing the coating was a bit thin for hot Magnum loads, but I rarely shoot those anyway.
    Sometimes I will do a + P load and they are fine for that too.

    Review by Terry (Posted on 8/10/2021)

  2. Berry's .38/.357 Caliber (.357" Diameter) 158 Grain Plated FP-DS – 1000 Rounds

    $109.85

    In stock

    Cost Per Bullet 11.0¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 357 Mag, 38 Special
    Quantity 1000
    Bullet Type Plated Flat Point
    Manufacturer Berry's
    Manufacturer SKU 00616

    Berry's Bullets have earned a reputation for quality and consistency. These 158 grain 38/357 projectiles are a great choice for affordable loads that are higher quality than traditional lead round nose projectiles. Each of these bullets are swaged at room temperature and copper-plated to their final weight. After plating these bullets are re-struck to ensure each projectile has a uniform plating and is symmetrical.

    Note: Plated Bullets are not recommended for velocities over 1,200 feet per second.

    Be sure to check out Widener's extensive collection of powder, primers and cases, for all of your re-loading needs.

    **This is not loaded ammunition**

    Customer Reviews

    Very good product and a good value

    I do recommend these bullets . A good product and a good value !

    Review by Mason (Posted on 6/26/2022)

    Wideners and Berry's deliver!

    Berry's makes a great product that performs well in the press and also on the range. With the current shortage of ammunition, and zero availability on 38 SPC and 357 Mag, having projectiles to replenish my training rounds is invaluable. Widener's was in stock and delivered fast. Now if if I could find more primers and powder, I would be even more satisfied.

    Review by MB (Posted on 3/1/2021)

    Quality product

    Great product, consistent and high quality

    Review by Miked (Posted on 2/28/2021)

    Good product

    Good product. Verry plreased

    Review by Butch (Posted on 12/23/2020)

    Looks like a good product.

    Haven't loaded any of these yet but they look like they will do just fine foe the practice I have in mind.

    Review by GS460 (Posted on 12/6/2020)

    EXCELLENT

    good product fair price

    Review by MARK (Posted on 12/6/2020)

    Professional and fast service.

    I have purchased many items from Widener's and they always provide a clear explanation of their products with a quick response/receipt after the purchase and have fast shipping. Thanks for the great work Widener's.

    Review by Eric-the-rider (Posted on 12/2/2020)

  3. Berry's .357 Diameter Bullets - 158 Grain Target HP – 1000 Count

    $124.85

    In stock

    Cost Per Bullet 12.5¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 357 Mag, 38 Special
    Quantity 1000
    Bullet Type Hollow-Point (HP)
    Manufacturer Berry's
    Manufacturer SKU 63197

    This is not loaded ammunition. These are component bullets, and they are solely intended for purchase by handloaders.

    One thousand .357” diameter 158 grain bullets always make a great investment. Whether you love loading the loud and proud 357 Mag or its older brother the 38 Special, Berry’s has got you all taken care of!

    This bullet is not designed for personal protection and is incapable of terminal expansion. The target hollow point is engineered to supply the accuracy sharpshooters need to do their best work. These bullets feature supremely concentric electroplated copper jackets, and their voidless lead cores only do more to enhance superior gyroscopic stability. Berry’s bullets are restruck following the electroplating process to ensure a solid bond between their cores and jackets, as well as their standardized dimensions.

    Whether you use these bullets to load 1.580" OAL 357 Mag or 1.430" OAL 38 Spl, Berry’s warns against loading to a higher muzzle velocity than 1,250 fps – any faster and you risk component separation accompanied by weakened accuracy. These bullets are compatible with data for jacketed or cast bullets of the same weight and profile, and you may use either a roll or taper crimp.

  4. Armscor .357 Diameter Bullets - 158 Grain FMJ – 1500 Count

    $210.00

    In stock

    Cost Per Bullet 14.0¢ per bullet
    Bullet Weight 158 Grain
    Bullet Caliber 357 Mag, 357 Maximum, 38 Special
    Quantity 1500
    Bullet Type Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)
    Manufacturer Armscor
    Manufacturer SKU 52271

    Please note: These are component bullets, not loaded ammunition. You can not fire these bullets unless you load your own ammunition.

    Armscor is earning themselves quite a reputation here in America. Their Rock Island Armory pistols fill a nice niche for people who don’t want to auction off vital organs just to be able to afford a 1911. Their 22 TCM cartridge has promise, even if most of the people asking about it only want to know if they can fire it in a firearm chambered for 22 LR. (No.) And their component bullets, which are produced according to precise tolerances, consistently weighted, and deliver good accuracy at the range, are sought after by handloaders throughout the country.

    This meaty slab of .357” diameter bullets is just the ticket for handloaders specializing in 38 Special or 357 Mag. With 1,500 bullets you be able to load 250 six-shot cylinders worth of ammo, and as full metal jackets they’re at once clean shooting and economically designed. Armscor draws a concentric jacket for what is ostensibly a target grade bullet, so your shots will benefit from satisfactory rotational stability and resultant flat trajectories. Buy ten of these cases of bullets and use them to ballast your canoe!

    Customer Reviews

    Third batch, same excellent results

    I bought my third lot of 1500 Armscor 158 gn FMJ from Widener's. The transaction was great, as usual. Thank you Widener's!

    From a statistical standpoint the third batch was equivalent to the first two batches in terms of average weight, average diameter and the standard deviations thereof. I have strong evidence that Armscor has their process under control, but I can't be sure because I have no way of knowing the order in which the bullets are made. Still, these projectiles are of excellent quality and great value for money.

    My Henry 357 lever gun and my five Smith & Wesson revolvers are super accurate with these bullets.

    Review by Steve (Posted on 9/1/2022)

    shoot great

    loaded over imr 4227 shoot great out of lever gun and 10 inch contender

    Review by xp308 (Posted on 6/19/2022)

    Very good quality

    I use these 158’s for action pistol competition. Though they are attractively priced they are also accurate in my setup.

    Review by JD (Posted on 1/30/2022)

    I bought these for my Desert Eagle XIX 357

    I used Accurate #9 and CCI 400 & 450 primers starting at 11.3 grns and ladderred to 12 grns. I enjoyed plinking with them and will highly recommend to any reloader .

    Review by EdFed (Posted on 10/20/2021)

    My second batch, awww yeah

    This review is for the second batch of Armscor 158 gn, 38/357 FMJ's I bought from Widener's.

    I'll start by saying that buying from Widener's has always been a pleasure. The prices are fair, the communication is crystal clear, the rather dense product is well-packed and all of my transactions-to-date have been 100% satisfactory. In summary, Wideners' is an excellent supplier to the reloading community.

    Now, regarding the bullets that just arrived. I've taken a random sample of 25 bullets just like I did with my first batch of 1500 and I measured & inspected each one. My random sampling method is rock-solid and thus my sample results can be used to make valid inferences on the entire lot of 1500 bullets. The results are great, statistically speaking. The weights and dimensions are on target with a low amount of random (expected) variation. Surface quality, bonding and other physical properties all look great. Absolutely no issues.

    From my perspective, I don't think there's a better value in FMJ bullets than Armscor.

    But I'll repeat. Armscor, please send primers!!!! :)

    Review by Steve (Posted on 7/1/2021)

    38 special

    Makes for very good range ammo the 38 special and the 357 liked it for range ammo

    Review by Jb (Posted on 1/8/2021)

    Great value

    It's not my favorite bullet weight but it was the only one I could get under these unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in. I jumped on these as soon as I saw them as I was running low on my favorite 125 gr bullet. It's a great value and felt good shot in 38 Spl cases. I haven't tried them in 357 cases yet, but confident that it will perform as well.

    Review by Den (Posted on 1/6/2021)

    Armscor makes good stuff at a great price

    I loaded up some of these 158 FMJ's for both my revolvers and my beloved Henry Big Boy Steel. The accuracy was outstanding in all cases.

    And, the bullets are a dream for reloading, easy to press into place, no hangups, nothing off kilter, etc.

    Armscor....send primers. Please! :)

    Review by Steve (Posted on 12/31/2020)

    Transaction went smoothly.

    For this day and age everything went well.

    Review by reader506 (Posted on 12/28/2020)

    Not exactly what I wanted but quality was fine

    Not exactly what I wanted but quality was fine

    Review by Flyfisherguru (Posted on 12/27/2020)

    I've reloaded about 200 of these and they work fine.

    Nothing more to say; they load fine.

    Review by Fernkiller (Posted on 12/20/2020)

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