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

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    Qty:

    $315.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 31.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38A
    • UPC 754908161201
  2. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $325.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 32.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47954
  3. Prvi Partizan 38 Special Ammo - 500 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $170.00 Price
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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP-R3.3
  4. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $18.00 Price As low as $17.75 in bulk
    48
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 35.5¢ to 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38A
    • UPC 754908105014
  5. MBI 38 Special Ammo - 100 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $36.00 Price As low as $35.50 in bulk
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    • 100 Rounds
    • Made by MBI
    • Reloaded Range
    • 35.5¢ to 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • UPC MBI-47897
  6. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $360.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38T
    • UPC 754908190010
  7. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $360.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38P
  8. 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

    Qty:

    $365.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 36.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
  9. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $19.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3522
    • UPC 076683035226
  10. Armscor 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $19.00 Price As low as $18.50 in bulk
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 37¢ to 38¢ Cost Per Round
  11. Armscor 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $19.00 Price As low as $18.50 in bulk
    46
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 37¢ to 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Armscor SKU 50061
  12. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $19.00 Price As low as $18.25 in bulk
    49
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 36.5¢ to 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38J
    • UPC 754908161713
  13. Prvi Partizan 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $19.75 Price As low as $19.25 in bulk
    47
    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 38.5¢ to 39.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP-R3.3
  14. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $395.00 Price
    46
    In stock now
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 39.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38K
  15. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $19.75 Price As low as $19.00 in bulk
    39
    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 38¢ to 39.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38P
    • UPC 754908170210
  16. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 158 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $420.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38E
    • UPC 754908164707
  17. 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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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 40.5¢ to 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38E
    • UPC 754908164714
  18. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 132 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $21.50 Price As low as $20.75 in bulk
    14
    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 41.5¢ to 43¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38G
    • UPC 741569070102
  19. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $22.25 Price
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 44.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU AE38B
    • UPC 029465085018
  20. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $23.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 46¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38T
    • UPC 754908190003
  21. Federal 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain LSWC Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $23.75 Price
    53
    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • American-made Discount Defense
    • 47.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 38C
    • UPC 029465084035
  22. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 130 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $24.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU Q4171
    • UPC 020892201927
  23. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 158 Grain FEB Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $25.50 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Range
    • 51¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU CR38A
    • UPC 754908177417
  24. Magtech 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain LFN Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $26.00 Price As low as $24.50 in bulk
    44
    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Magtech
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 49¢ to 52¢ Cost Per Round
    • Magtech SKU 38U
  25. CCI 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP +P Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $27.00 Price
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    In stock now
    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Aluminum
    • 54¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer SKU 3514
    • UPC 076683035141
  26. Blazer 38 Special Ammo - 50 Rounds of 125 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $27.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer Brass
    • American-made Discount Range
    • 54¢ Cost Per Round
    • Blazer Brass SKU 5204
    • UPC 076683052049
  27. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 500 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $299.00 Price
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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 59.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU GS38SB
    • UPC 10047700079421
  28. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 25 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $18.00 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 72¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU GS38SB
    • UPC 047700079400
  29. Hornady 38 Special +P Ammo - 250 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $200.00 Price
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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90310
    • UPC 10090255903109
  30. PMC 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 125 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $16.25 Price As low as $15.50 in bulk
    56
    In stock now
    • 20 Rounds
    • Made by PMC
    • Foreign Discount Defense
    • 77.5¢ to 81.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • PMC SKU 38SFA
    • UPC 741569010047
  31. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 158 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $22.00 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 88¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 90362
    • UPC 090255903621
  32. Remington 38 Special +P Ammo - 50 Rounds of 110 Grain SJHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $48.00 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • American-made Self-Defense
  33. Hornady 38 Special Ammo - 25 Rounds of 110 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $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
  34. Winchester 38 Special Ammo - 20 Rounds of 130 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    Qty:

    $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 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
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. "