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|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Lead Round Nose (LRN)|
|Ammo Caliber||.38 Special|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||755|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||200|
Magtech is an ammo company based out of Brazil, and they've been around for over 80 years. Their parent company, CBC, is the largest provider of military ammunition in Latin America. They also own the popular European ammo company S&B. Magtech is known around the world for making high quality, reliable ammo for a number of different shooting applications.
The round we're looking at today is one of several of Magtech's 38 Special loads. This one features a reloadable brass case with a non-corrosive primer and a 158 grain unjacketed Lead Round Nose bullet. This is one of the oldest bullet types around, and it's still popular for use in revolvers because of the low manufacturing costs. Most Lead Round Nose bullets have soft recoil because the lower velocities keeps the lead from fouling the barrel. And this load from Magtech is no exception.
We tried the ammo in six different guns and recoil was very tame in all of them. Other than being a little smoky, it makes a good practice load, especially for small revolvers like this Ruger LCR. We didn't have any problems with ignition or extraction in our test guns, including the Marlin lever action carbine.
We took the rifle back to 25 yards to test accuracy from a benchrest. The 10-shot group we pulled off was pretty impressive, especially when compared to a lot of the other Lead Round Nose loads that we've tried.
Magtech might not be a household name like some of the other domestic brands that you're used to, but for me it's proven to be high quality, reliable ammo. If you need a light recoiling round for practice on the range, this load from Magtech should be on your list.
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Typical RNL ammo
This ammo does what it is made to do. Lead bullet ammo will be more dirty than jacketed rounds, that's a given. I've used a lot of this stuff & never had problems with smoke or leading with my Ruger or Smith revolvers, but I never shoot too much of it at one time. Mixing jacketed bullets in my range sessions with lead keeps bores clear until I get home & give them a good cleaning.
Performance is good, a great choice for practice & fun gun sessions.
No issues with going bang or being able to eject brass, but each shot created a ton of smoke. I had people coming over to see what I was shooting due to the amount of smoke in my firing lane. In addition to the smoke, my revolver was filthy after shooting 100 rounds. I clean my guns after each range visit and have never gotten a firearm this dirty.
Ist time/last time
Shot 50 rounds of 38 special LRN at the range and leaded up the barrel and cylinder badly not to mention all the smoke. Cartridges were difficult to eject after 25 rounds. I spent more time trying to remove all the lead from my GP-100 than I did at the range. Maybe just a bad batch but I won't buy it again.
good product good service
I use this ammo for cowboy action shooting. have used over 2,000 rounds and had only 3 fail to fires works in both my pistols and rifle. the price is right, the quality is good, and shipping is fast.
150 rounds from my Smith Highway Patrol 28-2.
All fired. Fair because after 100 rounds , so much residue in the gun.
Very dirty for the price. Sticking shells were hard to eject.
As always Luckygunner delivers fast. Great people.
Will buy again if it is cheap.
Just having fun at the range.
after about 200 rounds fired,this seems to be some really good ammo.my wife uses it in a .38 special ruger,and a .357 taurus she has.it is a little dirty,but i always clean the guns after every use. as usual,great service and pricing from lg.
magtech .38 special ammo
bought this for my wife to use on the range. she loves it.she uses it in a ruger .38 special and a taurus 357 revolver she has.well, the .357 USED to be mine but if my wife likes it ,it's hers. good ammo,absolutely no problems after about 100 rounds.would buy again. great service from lg,as usual.i've gotten to where i expect nothing less.
Too much residue
We had no problem with the ammo, except it left so much residue and made a mess of the revolver. Other brands did not leave such a mess on the gun. Think we will go back to the other brand. If not for the excessive amount of residue, I would have given it a 5.
Great price and decent ammo...
I have shot several hundred rounds of this ammo in my Rossi M92 and except for a couple FTF's they performed perfectly. I shot some of the best groups ever at 50 yards with these cartridges. They are much quieter than .357 mags and not much more recoil than a .22 rimfire! They are somewhat clean, but since I always clean my firearms after I shoot them I do not worry much about only shooting really clean ammo.
By the way service from Lucky Gunner was excellent. I will be ordering more ammo from them in the future.
Great rounds for training
These rounds are great. Great value. Shot all 1000 rounds and not a single problem. After shooting few hundreds I decided to shoot some of my GD 158gr +P and I can tell you these round will help you with your training and no need to waste your concealed carry rounds, they have almost the same kick, obviously they are not +P but they hold up very well for training.
I have only shot 100 rds. of this ammo so far, but it seemed to be very good for target practice. I was shooting
it in a S&W 686-6 revolver with a 4" barrel that I just recently purchased so I'm still getting used to it.
Shipment was fast, quality is good, & I would not hesitate to order this ammo again in the future.
Review of Magtech 158 gr LRN .38 special ammo
I shot these for the first time today and was very impressed. They seemed to fire cleaner as evidenced by the powder residue left when I cleaned my gun. I had been shooting Remington 158 gr LRN but these were more than twice as expensive and the results were similar. Very happy with the price, quality, and speedy delivery. I will definitely buy more.
You're reviewing: 38 Special - 158 Grain LRN - Magtech - 1000 Rounds
Posted On: 10/27/2012 By: Jim
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