For range training or practice, 38 special ammo designated as full metal jacket rounds ,or FMJ, are the best choice. The full jacket allows the round to stay solid as it’s penetrating hard targets. FMJ is perfectly suited for range use and target practice due to its affordability.
Prior to the standard hollow point Lead round nose rounds were the choice of armed professionals. Often known as the 38 Special police, the LRN rounds are known for their ability to penetrate and deform. This deformations can cause extreme damage when used for self-defense.