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38 Special Ammo in ballistic gel

We shot 15 different loads of 38 Special self-defense ammo into ballistic gel

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Bulk 38 special ammo is ideal for use at the range. You'll find a variety of bulk full metal jacket rounds here as well as more specialized defense rounds.

38 special is an old school round that still garners respect a 110 years after it was invented. The cartridge was popular with police up into the 1980s, and for good reason. As a revolver round it falls into the medium level of power, but is extremely controllable. The 38 special is a superb choice for self-defense, and when loaded properly offers excellent power from a short barrel.

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  1. 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills Cowboy Loads 158gr. CNL Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills Cowboy Loads 158gr. CNL Ammo
    $27.95
    $0.56/ppr

    29 In Stock

  2. 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills 125gr. +P Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills 125gr. +P Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo
    $36.42
    $0.73/ppr

    13 In Stock

  3. 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills 148gr. Hollow Base Wadcutter Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills 148gr. Hollow Base Wadcutter Ammo

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    $32.95
    $0.66/ppr

    13 In Stock

  4. 50rds - 38 Special CCI Blazer 158gr. Lead Round Nose Ammo 50rds - 38 Special CCI Blazer 158gr. Lead Round Nose Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $19.95
    $0.40/ppr

    16 In Stock

  5. 50rds - 38 Special CCI Blazer Brass 125gr. FMJ Ammo 50rds - 38 Special CCI Blazer Brass 125gr. FMJ Ammo
    $18.95
    $0.38/ppr

    7 In Stock

  6. 1000rds – 38 Special Blazer Brass 125gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds – 38 Special Blazer Brass 125gr. FMJ Ammo
    $354.95
    $0.36/ppr

    1 In Stock

  7. 10rds – 38 Special CCI 100gr. #9 Shot Ammo 10rds – 38 Special CCI 100gr. #9 Shot Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $14.95
    $1.50/ppr

    43 In Stock

  8. 50rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 158gr. LRN Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 158gr. LRN Ammo
    $17.95
    $0.36/ppr

    117 In Stock

  9. 1000rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 158gr. LRN Ammo 1000rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 158gr. LRN Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $299.95
    $0.30/ppr

    14 In Stock

  10. 1000rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 130gr. FMJ Ammo 1000rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 130gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 4 Review(s)

    $319.95
    $0.32/ppr

    27 In Stock

  11. 50rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 130gr. FMJ Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Federal American Eagle 130gr. FMJ Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $19.49
    $0.39/ppr

    104 In Stock

  12. 20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 129gr. +P HP Ammo 20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 129gr. +P HP Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 2 Review(s)

    $13.95
    $0.70/ppr

    16 In Stock

  13. 50rds - 38 Special Federal LE Tactical Hydra-Shok 129gr. +P HP 50rds - 38 Special Federal LE Tactical Hydra-Shok 129gr. +P HP
    $49.95
    $1.00/ppr

    42 In Stock

  14. 50rds - 38 Spec. Federal Premium Gold Medal 148gr Lead Wadcutter Match Ammo 50rds - 38 Spec. Federal Premium Gold Medal 148gr Lead Wadcutter Match Ammo
    $23.95
    $0.48/ppr

    65 In Stock

  15. 20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo 20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo
    $17.45
    $0.87/ppr

    32 In Stock

  16. 50rds - 38 Spec. Federal 158gr Lead Semi-Wadcutter Ammo 50rds - 38 Spec. Federal 158gr Lead Semi-Wadcutter Ammo
    $18.49
    $0.37/ppr

    64 In Stock

  17. 50rds - 38 Special Federal LE 158gr. +P Semi-Wadcutter HP Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Federal LE 158gr. +P Semi-Wadcutter HP Ammo
    $22.95
    $0.46/ppr

    133 In Stock

  18. 1000rds - 38 Special Federal LE 158gr. +P Semi-Wadcutter HP Ammo 1000rds - 38 Special Federal LE 158gr. +P Semi-Wadcutter HP Ammo

    ☆☆☆☆☆ 1 Review(s)

    $399.00
    $0.40/ppr

    8 In Stock

  19. 50rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 158gr. Full Metal Jacket Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 158gr. Full Metal Jacket Ammo
    $19.95
    $0.40/ppr

    20 In Stock

  20. 50rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 125gr Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point 50rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 125gr Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
    $18.95
    $0.38/ppr

    36 In Stock

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38 Special Ballistic Gel Test Results
Ammo 5-shot average penetration depth 5-shot average diameter 5-shot average velocity
500rds - 38 Special Black Hills 125gr. +P Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills 125gr. +P Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo
  22.12"
0.35" 822
20rds - 38 Special +P Federal Personal Defense Micro 130gr. HST JHP Ammo
  12.66"
0.72" 872
20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 129gr. +P HP Ammo
  19.56"
0.35" 828
20rds - 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok 110gr. HP Ammo 200rds – 38 Special Federal Hydra-Shok Low Recoil 110gr. JHP Ammo
  14.52"
0.51" 936
50rds – 38 Special Fiocchi 158gr. JHP Ammo 1000rds – 38 Special Fiocchi 158gr. JHP Ammo
  15.5"
0.35" 686
25rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 110gr.+P FTX HP Ammo 250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 110gr.+P FTX HP Ammo
  14.64"
0.47" 961
25rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 110gr. FTX Ammo 250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 110gr. FTX Ammo
  14.78"
0.46" 829
25rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Lite Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo 250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 90gr. FTX Ammo
  13.9"
0.45" 910
25rds - 38 Special Hornady 158gr. JHP XTP Ammo 250rds - 38 Special Hornady 158gr. JHP XTP Ammo
  18.58"
0.35" 675
50rds - 38 Special Remington HTP 125gr. +P SJHP Ammo 500rds - 38 Special Remington HTP 125gr. +P SJHP Ammo
  14.78"
0.44" 898
20rds - 38 Special SinterFire Special Duty 110gr. Frangible HP Ammo
  16.3"
0.35" 1060
50rds - 38 Special Speer LE Gold Dot Short Barrel 135gr. +P Ammo
  13.74"
0.57" 886
200rds - 38 Special Winchester 130gr. +P Bonded PDX1 JHP Ammo
  17.86"
0.51" 843
50rds - 38 Special Winchester Silvertip 125gr. +P JHP Ammo 500rds - 38 Special +P Winchester 125gr. Super-X Silvertip Jacketed Hollow Point Ammo
  15.96"
0.49" 871
20rds - 38 Special Winchester W Train and Defend 130gr. JHP Ammo 200rds - 38 Special Winchester W Train and Defend 130gr. JHP Ammo
  20.28"
0.38" 857