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|Manufacturer||Tula Cartridge Works|
|Bullet Weight||130 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.38 Special|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||890|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||229|
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Poor Quality by Eliminator on 2/23/2017
This is a poor quality round. I experienced the same swelling of the steel casing in my S&W M19. It was real tough t...
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Too bad about the swelling casings.
This is usually the cheapest .38 Special ammo you'll find is partly because aluminum is cheaper than brass, but mostly because of the expanding casings. The Catch is it being an issue seemingly depends on your revolvers cylinder walls. I've fired it through two Chiappa Rhinos. One would start requiring harder pressure on the ejector rod noticeably sooner than the other, but eventually both required tapping the rods with something to get the cases out. Out of the 750 rounds I've fired, one was a dud, and one or two required a second primer strike.
As for the pros: It's "fun" range ammo. The recoil and concussion feel like hot +P. The cylinder gap flash on this .38 Special is somehow more spectacular than any .357 Magnum ammo I've ever fired. Accuracy is fine. I'd love this ammo if my cylinders did.
TL;DR - Range use only. Buy one or two boxes to make sure your gun likes it. If it does, congrats on finding your new plinking ammo.
Over Expanded jammed in cylinder
ALL rounds fired over expanded and had to be ejected by forcefully slamming the revolver ejector rod onto a table. Even using a pen to push casings out was extremely difficult. Merchant was less than helpful said some guns like mine have issue with this type of ammo. Never had problems with this brand/type in past so not sure why issue now
I bought a box of 50 rounds. Shot 24 round thru my S&W Model 27. Rounds swells up every time in the cylinder after shooting. Very hard to get the casings out. Outside of this issue the round appears to be accurate enough. I’ll eventually shoot up the remaining rounds, but I would not recommend this for your .38/.357 Mag.
I run this through my 1996 Colt Python and have had no issues with it. Never had any cases split or become jammed in the cylinder. I’ve ran hundreds of rounds through and never had a hiccup. Will definitely purchase larger quantities in the future.
The worst ammo ever
Recently I purchased 500 rounds of Tula .38 special steel-cased ammo. This ammunition is of terrible quality. It all fires OK, but the cases don't contract after firing and are extremely difficult to extract. Some of the cartridges do extract easily, but most don't. Even after waiting for the gun to cool down extraction is difficult, and I have had to pound the extractor down on the bench to get them out. This is the worst quality ammunition I have ever purchased. This ammunition was fired with 3 revolvers, 2 S&W's and a Ruger SP 101, with the same results.
Dependable and inexpensive ammo
I have shot a lot of .357 Tulammo in my 1892 Rossi with no problems and recently tired the.38 Special Tulammo. Like the .357 I have not had any issues in my Rossi. The ammo has proven to be both dependable and inexpensive and quite accurate too!
Good training ammo
Try a small quantity first, to make sure your revolver likes these. I have a few GP100's that have no problems with it, and some that will not eject this ammo. I use it for high volume match training, speedloader training, etc. If I shoot 5,000 rounds of this stuff I've saved $500 over brass. If all you need is paper punching ammo , this fills the bill. Also great for single actions.
Great for Lever-Action Rifle
Used these primarily in my M92 Rossi 38/.357 lever-action. They worked flawlessly and were accurate. Have used them in a SAA Clone and did not have any sticking problems and soft shooting. Good for getting Shooting practice.
Do not buy
Cases swelled in chambers excessively. Very difficult to extract cases from cylinder. Some cases blew the primers completely out. A good price on junk isn't a good price.
Ammo will not eject from my S&W 686
I purchased in early Feb before the most recent negative reviews and I expected this to be worry-free target ammo but that is not my experience. I have a new S&W 686 .357 and this ammo WILL NOT eject. I was not expecting this to be the best ammo I have ever shot but for shooting paper on the weekend - I expected better.
Overall, very disappointed
This is a poor quality round. I experienced the same swelling of the steel casing in my S&W M19. It was real tough to extract from the cylinder. The range also informed me that I was not supposed to use this type of round at their facility after the fact. The range attendant also informed me using this round would cause damage to the bore on my gun. I would have never bought this round if I was aware of the issues. Sometimes a deal is not a deal when the quality is not there.
My 38 special revolver does not like the steel casing. Every single one gets stuck in the chamber and require extra force to remove.
100% stuck rare and require significant outside force to remove the empty casing from the chamber. Terrible product for the SW 38 Chief revolver.
Great buy little sticky in 38
Great ammo for range practice. The casing swell a little in my S&W 38 special. Just need to eject rod with the palm of the hand and they come right out, not a real problem. Will definitely buy again
Great buy, a little sticky in 360 PD
They swelled some in my S&W 360 PD, with Titanium cylinder, but no swelling at all in my Smith 66.
Had to hit the cylinder rod with the palm of my hand to eject the empty cases on the 360, but no big thing.
Will still use them in both guns, great buy.
Good for the price.
I had these shipped to my Grandaughter who is new to shooting. She lives in Kansas City. She had a little stress locating a range that allowed steel casings. That's no problem here in North Carolina. She worked it out. Thanks for good service.
What you pay for.
I knew, before purchasing these, what to expect; therefore I was not disappointed at all. They do not use a brass casing, so you would not want to reuse the empty shells.
They work great for targets, paper, clay, gel, wood. I would say they would be reliable at stopping an intruder. I don't think I would suggest these for hunting bears though lol.
Keep Swelling in Chamber
After about 100 rounds through my wife's S&W Model 640 .357 Magnum I have experienced multiple rounds swelling in the cylinder. 2 rounds required me to use vice grips to be able to pull the round out, but outside of this issue the round appears to be accurate enough. Will spend some extra money from now so that I don't have to put the revolver up when I experience this issue.
On another note, Lucky Gunner has been great with purchasing bulk ammo for this, .40 and 9MM rounds. Will certainly continue to order from here, and the shipping has always been prompt.
Awesome rounds for price!
Shot about 200 rounds threw my ruger gp100 Wiley clap .357 magnum with no issues whatsoever. I was worried about the steel case being hard to extract but they slid right out with ease! Thanks again LuckyGunner! My new favorite place to shop bulk!
It's dirty, no question about that. My revolver looks like it's been slung through the mud after just 1 box. I was using brass encased, 158 grain which I very much prefer, but decided to try these due to the excellent price. They are a good value, especially for the range where I might go through 2 or 3 boxes per visit. I will say that the lighter grain makes for less accurate shooting, but all in all, it will do for the intended purpose.
130 gr FMJ - Tula
Like the jacketed round, no lead fingers. The steel casings swell a little in my revolver making them tougher than typical brass rounds to eject. Not a big deal, but I took one star off performance since they do behave a little less well than their brass counterparts. OTOH, at their price, I'll push the ejector a little harder every time. Quite a bang for the buck.
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