38 Special Loads: Federal’s Punch Is a ‘Best Buy’ Bullet

We set out to compare a number of promising wheelgun loads, some new, some old standbys, with good results. The contestants were from Black Hills, Buffalo Bore, Federal, Fiocchi and Remington.

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The 38 Special has been around since 1899. Originally loaded with a 158-grain roundnose bullet at 800 fps, the 38 Special has been regarded as the most powerful cartridge the occasional shooter may use well. In a mid-size revolver, the 38 is docile, accurate, and easily controlled. The problem is, wound ballistics are unimpressive, and […]
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