38 Special Ammunition

The .38 Special cartridge is one of the most common self defense cartridges in use today.  One of the biggest advantages is that it can be chambered in small revolvers that are easily concealed, but are still very effective for personal protection.
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  1. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $18.00 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38SFA
    • UPC 741569010047
  2. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38A
    • UPC 762344705101
  3. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price As low as $22.25 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 44.5¢ to 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38A
    • UPC 754908105014
  4. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 25 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

    Image For 25 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 38 Special Remington Ammunition

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    $23.50 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 94¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU GS38SB
    • UPC 047700079400
  5. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $24.00 Price As low as $23.25 in bulk
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46.5¢ to 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G
    • UPC 741569070102
  6. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain LRN Berdan Aluminum 38 Special Blazer Ammunition

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    $24.00 Price As low as $23.25 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 46.5¢ to 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
    • UPC 076683035226
  7. Sellier and Bellot 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $24.00 Price
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  8. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $24.25 Price As low as $23.25 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46.5¢ to 48.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38G
  9. Prvi Partizan 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $24.25 Price As low as $23.50 in bulk
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 47¢ to 48.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP-R3.3
  10. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $24.50 Price As low as $23.50 in bulk
    50
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 47¢ to 49¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU 22283
    • UPC 047700427003
  11. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

    Image For 25 Rounds Of 110 Grain JHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 38 Special Hornady Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price As low as $25.50 in bulk
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $12 to $14 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90311
    • UPC 090255903119
  12. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $26.40 Price As low as $26.00 in bulk
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    In stock now
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • $1.30 to $1.32 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLD
    • UPC 020892220539
  13. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain MC Ammunition

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    $27.50 Price As low as $26.50 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 53¢ to 55¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S11
    • UPC 047700076102
  14. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $27.95 Price As low as $27.25 in bulk
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 54.5¢ to 55.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
    • UPC 029465085018
  15. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $28.75 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 57.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38K
    • UPC 029465091903
  16. Remington Express 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 125 Grain SJHP Boxer Nickel-Plated Brass 38 Special Remington Ammunition

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    $29.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU R38S2
    • UPC 047700060705
  17. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $29.00 Price As low as $28.50 in bulk
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 57¢ to 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLT
    • UPC 020892220515
  18. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 130 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 38 Special Winchester Ammunition

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    $29.50 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 59¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4171
    • UPC 020892201927
  19. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $45.00 Price
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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47897
  20. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $59.00 Price
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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 59¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU USA38SPVP
    • UPC 020892214859
  21. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 250 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $112.50 Price
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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU MP38A
    • UPC 754908189519
  22. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 250 Rounds of 130 Grain MC Ammunition

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    $125.00 Price
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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S11A
    • UPC 047700386003
  23. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 300 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $130.00 Price
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    • 300 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 43.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G BP
    • UPC 741569050401
  24. Prvi Partizan 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $215.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP-R3.3
  25. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 500 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $235.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 47¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU 22283
    • UPC 10047700427017
  26. Hornady 38 Special +P Ammo - 250 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $250.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $10 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 10090255903109
  27. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $420.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38A
    • UPC 754908161201
  28. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $420.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU MP38A
    • UPC 754908189502
  29. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain MC Ammunition

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    $430.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S11A
    • UPC 047700386041
  30. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $440.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G
    • UPC 90741569070105
  31. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $440.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47954
  32. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $445.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 44.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
  33. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $450.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 45¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38G
    • UPC 762344860374
  34. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $510.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
  35. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $530.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 53¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38K
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History of .38 Special Ammunition

The .38 Special cartridge has been an important part of the firearms world since its’ introduction in 1898. This cartridge was purpose built to be an improvement of the .38 Long Colt that was in use by the U.S. military at the time. The problem that brought about the need for a new cartridge was the lack of stopping power against enemies such as the Moro tribesmen of the Philippines and their tactics of charging using wooden shields.

From this need came one of the most popular cartridges in the world today. When brought up in conversation, the discussion of the .38 Special will no doubt touch upon the ever popular .38 “Snubby”, a revolver with a short barrel that is most commonly carried in a pocket or ankle holster as a back up gun by police and civilians alike. But the .38 Special also has had a rich service life with the military, serving in all branches from 1935 to 1985. It was mostly used by aircrew members as a personal protection/survival weapon, but it was also issued to police/security personnel as a duty sidearm.

The .38 Special also has been very popular among bullseye shooters, as it is a very accurate cartridge. The most commonly used handgun type was the revolver, but Smith & Wesson built a semi-auto pistol that had a 5 round magazine and would feed wadcutter style bullets. Practical pistol shooters also enjoy the mild recoil of the .38 Special round which allows for quick follow up shots.

Today .38 Special bullets can commonly be found in weights ranging from 95 to 158 grains. The bullet types vary from the wadcutter, to the round nose and hollow point. These cartridges can generate from 150 to almost 300 foot pounds of energy at the muzzle. The .38 Special is one of the calibers that is commonly used in concealed carry applications and many manufacturers offer their premium self defense ammo in .38 Special as a rule.

With great accuracy, concealable handguns, good knockdown power and easily found ammunition, the .38 Special is a cartridge that deserves its’ place among the most important cartridges in the firearms world.

Discuss 38 Special Ammunition by adding your comment to the 5 comments below or by asking a new question

Rick Kirk ( Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:55:31 +0000 ) : inverted wad cutters is the only way to go!
John Hoffman ( Sat, 15 Sep 2012 19:37:08 +0000 ) : Nothing but Revolvers for defencr..38 +P or.45 130 or a very broking in semi-auto where there has never been a jam. 2000 rds. 9mm ok but not a sure one shot knock down.
Judi Dunn ( Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:09:26 +0000 ) : I have some 38 special, (+P+) , jacketed hydra-shok , H.P., 147 grain.. ammo for sale. How much should I charge for a box with 50 rounds? thank you, Judi Dunn.
John L Salati ( Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:58:44 +0000 ) : NC at this time.
Tom Barnes ( Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:57:24 +0000 ) : when are they going to start making more Ammunition? Nice weather, ranges are open, but very few are finding any bullets, any Idea when the catch up with demand? Thanks! Tom
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