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Posted On: 12/21/2022
By: Gayle W.
A: Thank you for reaching out Gayle! We have several types of 38 Special self-defense ammunition in stock: https://www.luckygunner.com/handgun/38-special-ammo?ammo_use_type=1436
Generally speaking, a jacketed hollow point (JHP) bullet is optimal for self-defense applications. I'm not certain which type of handgun you have, but if it is rated for +P then you might consider ordering 38 Special +P. It is more powerful than the standard pressure alternative, so you will experience greater recoil, but the bullet will also strike the target with greater force. If you have a snub nose revolver (meaning its barrel is ~2" or shorter), then you should expect the bullet to strike its target with less force than advertised. Generally speaking again, a lighter bullet (measured in grains, where 1 grain is equal to 1/437.5 ounces) will penetrate the target less deeply. These are all just things to bear in mind when you select a self-defense cartridge – at the end of the day, any round you select is going to prove effective for self-defense. Based on what you've told me, I'm confident recommending Hornady American Gunner. Its eXtreme Terminal Performance (XTP) bullet is a high-quality jacketed hollow point, which is designed to expand reliably following lower-velocity impact. Its 125 grain bullet and 900 fps muzzle velocity (out of a handgun with a 4" barrel) mean you won't have to put up with all that much recoil, which will facilitate accurate, rapid fire in the heat of the moment. I find Hornady's ammo to be extremely reliable, which is naturally quite advantageous when you're firing in defense of your life. Here it is: luckygunner.com/38-special-125-gr-xtp-jhp-hornady-25-rounds-1
Posted On: 2/16/2021
A: Thanks for reaching out Jen! A total metal jacket (TMJ) performs identically to a full metal jacket (FMJ) once it enters soft tissue, which is to say it does not expand to create a larger wound cavity. I would strongly advise a jacketed hollow point (JHP) or even a wadcutter bullet for self-defense with a 38 Special revolver over TMJ ammo. I wish we had a better pick for self-defense in stock at present, but we do update our inventory frequently. I hope you'll check back in again soon!
Posted On: 2/15/2021
By: Dawne Szyperski
A: Absolutely Dwayne! I'm only qualified to answer technical questions about ammo, but our customer service team is standing by to help you. You can reach out at 800-317-9506 or email@example.com.
Posted On: 2/15/2021
By: Eric Garcia
A: My apologies sir, but we're unable to ship to California under any circumstances.