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|Manufacturer||Sellier & Bellot|
|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.38 Special|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||889|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||278|
Sellier and Bellot is an ammo company from the Czech Republic that's been around since the 1820's. They're owned by the CBC parent company that also runs the Brazilian-based Magtech, another respected ammo company.
Today, S&B makes ammo for civilians, military forces, and law enforcement in countries all over the world. They produce a wide variety of handgun loads, including a few 38 Special rounds, like the one that we're looking at for this review.
This 158 grain full metal jacket load features a reloadable brass case and a non-corrosive primer. Like a lot of the 158 grain 38's you'll find, this one has very mild recoil. With the jacketed bullets, you also avoid some of the smoke and toxic fumes associated with the plain lead round nose bullets.
We tried out a couple of boxes of this ammo with a few different guns. We used five revolvers and one lever action carbine to get a feel for how it handles.
The recoil with this round is incredibly mild, which was especially noticeable when shooting the lightweight Ruger snub nose. When fired in a larger revolver and our carbine, you could barely feel the recoil at all. This makes it a great load for introducing new shooters to center fire handguns, or just something fun for plinking at the range.
Reliability was no problem, with consistent ignition and extraction in all of our guns. We tested accuracy at 25 yards, using our Marlin 1894 on a bench rest. Our 10 shots grouped really nicely in a small pattern just to the right of the bullseye. This rifle tends to shoot slightly better with Magnum loads, but this S&B ammo was one of the most consistent rounds that we've tested in the Marlin, in either a 38 or 357.
Overall, I've been pretty impressed with the performance of S&B ammo in any caliber, but this 38 Special load exceeded my expectations.
If you want a low recoil 38 Special that's still accurate and reliable, then check out this 158 grain full metal jacket load from S&B.
This is the real deal!
Review by Gunner15
As a competitive shooter in IDPA this is my go to ammo for sanctioned matches. This is no popgun load in .38 Special, out performs so called +P rounds from other manufacturers. It's ability to activate any steel reactive target I've encountered in any match, with one shot results.
I am impressed with the quality control and accuracy of this round. No high primers or failure to fire on any box I've bought. Never failed a chronograph test, in fact running them through my own setup they run between 880 to 913 fps on average.
Good high quality dependable ammo for your .38 Special or .357.
(Posted on 9/29/2018)
1 of 4
Review by Gibbs
Used this ammo to qualify for my Illinois conceal carry license. Out shot everyone during the training.
(Posted on 10/23/2015)
2 of 4
Always great ammo! If I miss the 10, it isn't the ammo or gun's fault. darn.
Review by Doc
Great service at Lucky Gunner!. S&B is ALWAYS great ammo... been using it for years. It has been getting very hard to find. Don't we all know. Shooting is still cheaper than owning a boat. :)
(Posted on 8/10/2013)
3 of 4
Review by tom
Excellent Ammo For Target Shooting
(Posted on 6/15/2012)
4 of 4
Posted On: 9/2/2017 By: Chris Reerman
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