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    .38 Special shortages?

    So I recently bought a couple of new revolvers after being exclusively in auto land for many years. Anyway so I'm looking high and low (at least online) for my go-to .38 defense load of choice -namely Speer Gold-dot 125 or 135 grain +P in the LEO 50 round box. That stuff is SOLD OUT seemingly everywhere! You can find plenty of practice ball and what not but those specific ones are GONE. I found some 125 standard pressure but from the tests I've seen they aren't a whole lot of good from a 1.87 inch barrel.

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    Marksman WebHobbit's Avatar

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    You can find the standard pressure variants. That 1.87 snub needs all the help it can get!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebHobbit View Post
    You can find the standard pressure variants. That 1.87 snub needs all the help it can get!
    FWIW last time I went shopping for .38 defensive ammo, I perused the Lucky Gunner data and concluded that standard pressure with low expansion was adequate and paid for its minor shortcomings in shootability. Ended up running Hornady 158s.

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    I would set an alert at TargetSports...

    https://www.targetsportsusa.com/38-s...ammo-c-56.aspx


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    sgammo.com has some +p .38 in other brands.

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    Learn to hand load.
    Dormant U.S.Marine/ NRA Benefactor-Life

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    It's a bit of a drive for you but Atkinson Firearms, in Greenwood, had 20 plus 50 round boxes of .38 Spl. Gold Dot 125 on their shelf today around 1pm. Didn't notice weather they were +P or standard.
    There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgderf View Post
    Learn to hand load.
    This.^

    A good cast lead 158 grain 38 special with some fast burning powder behind it will punch a hole right through a lot of things coming out of a short barrel.
    Where's the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering Kaboom.

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    I have handloaded before but it's not a good idea for SD loads:

    https://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/...s-for-defense/


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