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Posted On: 9/5/2022
By: Jd williams
A: Thanks for reaching out JD! This ammo is loaded to standard pressure, and projectile type would not impact recoil energy. Objective recoil energy is determined by four factors: handgun weight, propellant weight, muzzle velocity and bullet weight. That said, certain types of propellant burn at different rates, which means the initial impulse of recoil may be sharper if the propellant burns up faster right beginning right at the instant of ignition. There's no sugar coating it: Tula is cheap ammo, so my guess would be that the Russians used an inexpensive propellant that combusts very quickly instead of providing the slower, more even burn which distributes recoil energy more evenly throughout ignition. It should have no impact on performance or harm your revolver – you just get a stouter snap right off the bat. I hope that makes sense!
Posted On: 3/31/2022
A: Thanks for reaching out Randall! This ammo should certainly function correctly in your revolver. Many shooters notice that Tula's Russian-made ammunition produces more sparks and smoke than average, and that it also leaves a firearm relatively dirtier by the end of a range session. Note that this ammo's bullets will attract a magnet – you will definitely want to ask your range if they permit magnetic ammo before you order anything that comes from Russia. Also note that steel cases are non-reloadable.
If you would prefer to purchase American-made 38 Special ammo by the box, then I would absolutely recommend Remington or Winchester. Both of these rounds should serve you well during target practice. I'm personally a great fan of Remington UMC!
Posted On: 2/27/2022
By: Flo Waller
A: Thanks for reaching out Flo! My best guess would be that you have a 38 S&W Special snubnosed revolver, but I can't say for absolute certain with only the information you provided. (You may be able to confirm if your handgun's barrel says "38 S&W Spl" on it.) To be sure, if your revolver is chambered for 38 S&W Special (aka 38 Special or 38 Spl), then it's compatible with ALL 38 Special ammunition. I assume you're only interested in using your revolver for personal protection. I'm uncertain whether your handgun is chambered for overpressure (aka +P) ammunition, so I'll only recommend a good standard pressure load:
That's got a nice, lightweight bullet that shouldn't punish you with too much recoil. It also has an SJHP bullet, which is designed to expand while it penetrates soft tissue. That's the kind of bullet you want when your only goal is to neutralize an immediate threat to your personal safety as soon as possible. Remington's a great manufacturer, and I'd be confident using this ammo for self-defense myself. Please let me know if you've got any other questions!
Posted On: 10/24/2021
By: Rachel Vinson
A: Thanks for reaching out Rachel! This is the correct ammo for your derringer. I'd advise against every firing 38 Special +P with so small a handgun, but this ammo should function correctly.
I assume you're using your derringer for self-defense? If that's the case, I'd advise against using steel-cased ammo. It's good for target shooting, but it's not quite as reliable as brass-cased ammo. You don't want a failure to fire to jeopardize your personal safety! Now, I'm not quite sure that your derringer's barrel is long enough to give a JHP bullet sufficient velocity to initiate terminal expansion. That said, higher-quality self-defense ammo is going to present a much, much lower chance of failure when your life's on the line. If you're looking for police-grade self-defense 38 Special ammo, then I'd highly recommend the Speer Gold Dot:
Posted On: 3/5/2019
A: No. It is loaded to typical .38 Special pressures and safe to use in any .38 special or .357 Magnum revolver.
Posted On: 6/26/2016
By: Dolphus Doc Pinner
This Tula ammunition is loaded in a steel casing with a bi-metal jacket projectile. The core of the projectile is lead, but the jacket is made by pressing together layers of copper and steel to form the bi-metal material.
Posted On: 12/30/2015
By: david robinette
A: Hello David,
Tula lists the velocity of this round at 890 fps.