I carry the load referenced in the OP in my steel frame j-frame S&Ws. Fired from a Model 60 or a Model 36, the load, to me at least, isn't nearly as punishing as a full-house .357 in a 2.5 inch Model 19. The load shoots to point of aim at 10-12 feet from my 2" and 3" j-frames. Both published velocities from BB and from a couple of other independent sources that I trust puts velocity at just over 1000 fps from the 2" guns, and 1100 fps from the 3" guns. To me, that load makes .38 special a very viable self defense load. Game changer, in other words.
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