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.

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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