38 Special wadcutter ammunition is named for its completely flat front that is designed to punch perfect circular holes into paper targets. Therefore cutting the wad. 38 Wadcutters were designed to make scoring easier for pistol bullseye competitions. Wadcutters were also championed as self-defense rounds since their flat front meant the bullet lost velocity extremely fast, which prevented over penetration.

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Recent Wadcutter Reviews

  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    Great ammo for revolver - for those that are shooting a semi-auto - go elsewhere- this is a low powered round .
    Travis on 50rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 148gr. Lead Wadcutter Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    This is an update of my review posted on 12/29/2018 in regard to my observation then that "the only detectable lead was that which hit the targets." I recently shot another 50 rounds of this ammo with the same revolver. This time, I ended up with obvious lead residue on the face of the cylinder and the face of the forcing cone as well as a heavy build-up between the forcing cone and the underside of the top strap. I got it off of the cylinder by soaking and rubbing with Hoppe's No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaner. The lead in the frame was harder to deal with that way, but more soaking and rubbing with Kroil Penetrating Oil removed it all. I saw no problem with lead fouling in the barrel. If there was any, it came out with normal bore-brush cleaning.
    Vince Phillips on 50rds - 38 Special Black Hills 148gr. Hollow Base Wadcutter Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    great for keeping shooting skills up, especially with a snub nose revolver. lots of shooting and little money. very consistent in performance and groups are uniformly equal in size. will buy more!
    chucklavender on 50rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 148gr. Lead Wadcutter Ammo
  • ☆☆☆☆☆
    I bought 2 boxes to see how well this worked and I have to say, these exceeded expectations. easy to shoot, easy to load and gives a great indication of accuracy and speed of follow up shooting. buying more, no doubt!
    charles lavender on 1000rds - 38 Special Fiocchi 148gr Lead Wadcutter Ammo