38 Special Ammo

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. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 158 Grain LRN Berdan Aluminum 38 Special Blazer Ammunition

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    $325.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 32.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
  2. Armscor 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $340.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • Armscor SKU 50061
  3. 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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    $18.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
    • UPC 076683035226
  4. Armscor 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 38 Special Armscor Ammunition

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    $18.00 Price As low as $17.50 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 35¢ to 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Armscor SKU 50061
  5. Aguila 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

    Image For 1000 Rounds Of 130 Grain FMJ Boxer Brass 38 Special Aguila Ammunition

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    $370.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Aguila
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 37¢ Cost Per Round
    • Aguila SKU 1E382521
    • UPC 640420003146
  6. Prvi Partizan 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $19.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP-R3.31
  7. Aguila 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $19.50 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Aguila
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 39¢ Cost Per Round
    • Aguila SKU 1E382521
    • UPC 640420003146
  8. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJSP Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain SJSP Boxer Brass 38 Special Magtech Ammunition

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    $19.75 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 39.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38C
    • UPC 754908107018
  9. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $21.00 Price As low as $20.25 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 40.5¢ to 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38E
    • UPC 754908164714
  10. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP +P Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 125 Grain JHP Berdan Aluminum 38 Special Blazer Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3514
    • UPC 076683035141
  11. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $23.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38T
    • UPC 754908190003
  12. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $24.25 Price As low as $24.00 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 48¢ to 48.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU 38S21 - 22283
    • UPC 047700427003
  13. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 125 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    $50.00 Price
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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU L38S2B
    • UPC 047700363202
  14. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LFN Ammunition

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    $25.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Range
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38L
    • UPC 754908168019
  15. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FEB Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Range
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU CR38A
    • UPC 754908177417
  16. Fiocchi 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain JHP Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 158 Grain JHP Boxer Brass 38 Special Fiocchi Ammunition

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    $25.50 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 38B
    • UPC 0762344709901
  17. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain LFN Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price As low as $24.50 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 49¢ to 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38U
  18. Remington 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain TCJ-FN Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU LL38S17
    • UPC 047700355306
  19. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 150 Grain LRN Ammunition

    Image For 50 Rounds Of 150 Grain LRN Boxer Brass 38 Special Winchester Ammunition

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    $29.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4196
    • UPC 020892201934
  20. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $29.00 Price As low as $28.50 in bulk
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 57¢ to 58¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLT
    • UPC 020892220515
  21. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $14.00 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 70¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38SFA
    • UPC 741569010047
  22. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $14.95 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Self-Defense
    • 74.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU GG38A
    • UPC 754908174317
  23. 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

    Qty:

    $22.75 Price As low as $22.25 in bulk
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 89¢ to 91¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90311
    • UPC 090255903119
  24. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $24.50 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 98¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 090255903102
  25. Hornady Critical Defense Lite 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 90 Grain FTX Ammunition

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    $27.00 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • $1.08 Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90300
    • UPC 090255903003
  26. Magtech First Defense 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 95 Grain +P SCHP Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Self-Defense
    • $1.15 Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU FD38A
    • UPC 754908188512
  27. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $24.75 Price
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    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • $1.24 Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU W38SPLD
    • UPC 020892220539
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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 the Model 52, 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.  An interesding application for the .38 Special is that it can be used in .357 Magnum firearms as a lighter recoiling, more economical alternative to the full power magnum ammo.

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
38 Special Ammo Ammo Customer Reviews
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  • Gene said: "They come in a convenient bag. They all fire when the trigger is pull. I see no variation in the ballistics,"
  • td said: "good for the price"
  • Bill said: "Purchased rounds for girlfriend, though she hasnt fired any yet they seem like quality target rounds. And all ''100'' where accounted for. "