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38 Special Handgun Loads for Protection in the Field

Here's a few 38 Special loads for prudent hunters to consider as an emergency backup weapon or for very short varmint hunting distances only:

1. 130-gr. FMJ Ball @ 830 fps in 4" barrel.

2. FBI Load: 158-gr. +P LSWCHP (Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point) or SWC (Semi-Wadcutter) @ 890 fps in 4" barrel / 13.8" & .57".

3. Hornady 125-gr. +P XTP JHP.

4. Speer 125-gr. +P Bonded Gold Dot.

5. Remington 125-gr. +P Golden Saber.

6. Winchester Super-X 125-gr. JHP.

7. CorBon 185-gr. +P or 160-gr. +P (Barnes) DPX (Taurus 185-gr. +P Hex Bullet is Similar). 10.6" & .63".

8. Speer 135-gr. (Short Barrel) Gold Dot @ 860 fps in 2" barreled snubby / 11.4" & .59".

9. 148-gr. Lead Wadcutter (LWC - Flat with Square Shoulder) @ 710 fps / 9.7" & .50".

10. For emergency self defense, use: 1. 130-gr. FMJ; 2. FBI Load; 3. Run really fast. Laugh

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