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Old August 24, 2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Recomendations Please

Am carrying a S&W 36 or Taurus 85 both 2in. What is the best ammo for practice and then SD?
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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In a .38 spl ....I like a 158gr bullet ( FMJ ) for practice / and if I was to carry it, I would probably carry a round from Federal - like a:

Federal and others make a lot of 110gr jacketed hollow point defensive rounds for the .38 spl as well ....but I kind of like the traditional 158gr bullets in a .38 spl as well.
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Buffalo Bore 158gr LSWCHP. Either the +P or standard depending on how recoil sensitive you are.

For practice, something inexpensive in the same bulletweight.
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:55 PM   #4
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Wadcutters - any 148 grain that is a good deal for practice and for carry the Buffalo Bore Standard Pressure Short Barrel 150 grain hardcast wadcutter. Will go two feet in ballistic gelatin. There is nothing that will perform better in terms of accuracy, recoil, and straight-line penetration. The Buffalo Bore 158 grain SWC fragments in ballistic gelatin so I have no faith in the BB SWC and the wadcutter has a much bigger meplat for max destruction.
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Old August 24, 2011, 09:26 PM   #5
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Andy is pretty much right.

Now you could use DPX .38s but the Buffalo Bore LSWHP are great.

You can reload 158gr LSW ammo cheap and just practice with that. Lots of reloading companies make a standard load like that for re-manufactured ammo. Buy it by the 1000 round case and practice till you are GOOD, real GOOD, with that snub.

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Old August 25, 2011, 08:50 AM   #6
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I shoot/carry an airweight. Target? I shoot 130g American Eagle fmj, and Gold Dot HP 135g +P short barrel.

To me, they kick the same. I'd pick the GDHP 135g's in the box 50 for around $25-30 range for carry every day.
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Old August 25, 2011, 11:51 AM   #7
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My 38 gets the 135+P Gold Dot. I practice with 130 grain +P and 130 grain standard 38 special.
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