38 Super Bullets

38 Super Bullets for Sale

Please note: the products on this page include only the projectile. For loaded rounds that include casing, powder and primer, please head to our 38 Super ammo page.

The most important thing we usually have to tell our customers about the 38 Super is that it is not the same as the 38 Special. Every now and then we get a call from someone wondering why the ammo they ordered won’t chamber in a Model 642!

The 38 Super (aka 38 Super Auto or 38 Superauto) was introduced in 1929 for law enforcement, but it wasn’t until the ‘80s that it really found its footing as a preferred sports shooting cartridge. The semi-auto cartridge usually has a “+P” headstamp, but this is more to make certain people don’t mistake 38 Super for its nearly identical parent round the 38 ACP (in dimensions, not power). You could repurpose 38 ACP brass to load 38 Super, but you will find new brass far more reliable in the long run.

38 Super bullets for reloading typically weigh 115, 125, or 130 grains, and are loaded to deliver muzzle velocities in the 1,200 to 1,280 fps range. Conveniently enough the 38 Super bullet is .355 in diameter, so you can load the same bullets as you’d use to make 9mm rounds. This round likes fast burning propellants and small pistol primers, two other components you’ve probably already got in good supply. Just remember to honor SAAMI’s max pressure of 36,500 psi and you’re golden.

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