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Thread: Are there any acceptable standard pressure .38 Special loads for defensive use?

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    If I weren't going to use a +P round, especially the 135 grain Gold Dot, in .38, I would honestly default to a full wadcutter - so mild a person can rapidly place (hope to God) surgical shots, and the square edge bites into bone and tissue. I don't trust any of the non-+P stuff to expand anyway, especially the XTP, it's just a very heavily built bullet, great for pushing fast and hard.

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    A .38 JHP that isn't expected to expand, or at least not much, is just as good as a semi-wadcutter.

    And that's fine. Penetration is what matters.

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    I edited the title of your threat, the "30 Special" was driving me bugnuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeriousStudent View Post
    I edited the title of your threat, the "30 Special" was driving me bugnuts.
    Hahaha, serious threat here ;-)

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    Inverted 148-grain wadcutters always seemed like a viable option. Atomic loads one but it's a +P. You could probably handload a standard pressure round.


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