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    American Rifleman Article: Testing 38 Special

    Here is a bit of info on the terminal performance of the 38 Special when fired from a snubby Ruger.

    The 38 remains a popular choice for EDC so I'm posting the link with the hope that this information will be helpful to some here on the board.

    Results are probably about what one would expect from the snub. The surprise is the Hornady Critical Defense standard pressure. It appears to expand reliably while surpassing the 12" FBI minimum. The Remington cheap green and white box 125gr also did pretty well although it and the Federal HST were a little shallow in the clothing test.

    Too bad about the Gold Dot. I assume it would go quite well from a 4" barrel.


    https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...ial-cartridge/

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    The Gold Dot is not the right round, a non +P, should have tested the 135 gr short barrel load.
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    Yea, nothing really new here.

    The Remington 125 gr SJHP isn't bad at all, and can be had cheap sometimes. We've fired lots of it in +p form.

    Wife has Hornady XTP 125 gr in her LCR. Has some bark to it, doesn't recoil heavily, accurate. It will not expand and that's fine. The jhp should help "bite" instead of deflect, and it will penetrate like a semi wadcutter.

    I prefer a mild .357 mag load myself, especially 125 gr Golden Sabre. (@1050 fps from a snub) Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr is also a good, mild, low flash .357 load.
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    I've seen the Remington green and white box 125gr +P for sale in 100 round bulk packs at Wal-Mart. Budget priced but looks like a decent choice.

    The Hornady Critical Defense standard pressure also looks like a good choice when compared to the other stuff tested. It didn't penetrate the deepest but it did meet the 12" minimum and appears to expand reliably.

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    Interesting. I wish they provided some info such as gel tests and test barrel used.

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    Ah, the Lehigh "Defender" bullet.

    That does look like a good one. I'm sure Underwood loads it, too. I wonder how much muzzle blast there is but performance wise I'll bet it cuts a good, deep hole without much recoil.

    Might shoot a little low.

    Still, a good option for the short barrels.

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