.38 Special

The .38 Special wadcutter weighs 150 grains and is hard cast and lubed, negating the leading problem often found with the soft lead wadcutters. I shot these through what we used to call “Belly Guns” or 2" .38 Specials. They clocked out right at 900 fps in both a Colt Cobra and a Smith & Wesson M&P placing all the shots within 2" at seven yards. Buffalo Bore advertises muzzle velocities from real sixguns not test barrels and I’ve never known them to fudge. They advertise this load at 868 fps from a 2" barrel and 960 from a 3" barrel. Right on the money.

Buffalo Bore has offered a .38 Special 158-grain SWC cast hollowpoint which clocks out right at 850 fps from the same snubbies, and they have now reached way back in history and have added a new load which they are calling the “Outdoorsman.” Buffalo Bore’s .38 Special +P Outdoorsman load harkens back to the great S&W revolver of the same name and consists of a 158-grain hard cast SWC clocking out at 1,200 fps from a 6" barrel. Works fine in either .38 Special or .357 Magnum sixguns.