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    38 Special

    Does anyone still manufacture the old NYPD load, 158 grain LSWC? Great defense load for snubby and Airweights.

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    I still have on my shelves the 38+P FBI loadS from W-W, R-P, FED, and CORBON. The 638 in my pocket as we speak has the FED's in it.

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    The 'Buffalo Bore' Semi-Wadcutter Hollow-Point should be pretty darn close...

    Otherwise, I do not know who would still make the old FBI Load or the NYPD one.

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    http://www.winchester.com/products/h...es/X38SPD.aspx (bullet illustrated is not correct)

    66333 - Ammo .38 Special +P Remington Express Lead Hollow Point 158 Grain 890 fps 50 Round Box

    Heavy .38 Special +P Pistol & Handgun Ammunition

    Federal has apparently discontinued their 158 grain +P lead SWC load again.

    I like both the Remington and the Winchester versions, giving Remington's a slight nod. It seems to feature a softer lead bullet and gives a little higher velocity than Winchester in my revolvers when tested over a chronograph. The Buffalo Bore shows considerably more performance. It's more difficult to find in my neck of the woods. I've shot mine all up over the chronograph so need to order more.

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    The thing to note with these loads is whether the NEW 38+p 158GR SWC loads use cast bullets of swaged bullets. The original W-W, RP, AND FED loads all used swaged 158GR SWC bullets that are more effective in a target due to their potential for deformation than the cast bullets which always whiz right on through like just like FMJ ammunition.


 

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