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38 Special Ballistics Chart

There is such a variety of pistols in public use that we will not determine what guns are compatible with which loads. It is up to you to determine the compatibility of any ammo with your particular pistols. To determine whether or not they are +P or +P+ rated, Call you manufacturer or ask a gunsmith.

Blazer Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special LRN 158 200 755
38 Special +P FMJ 158 253 850
38 Special +P JHP 125 248 945
** Blazer Brass **
38 Special FMJ FN 125 208 865
** Clean Fire **
38 Special +P TMJ 158 253 850

Buffalo Bore Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
** Loads below specified 4" BBL **
38 Special +P LSWCHP 158 474 1162
38 Special +P LV JHP 125 439 1258
38 Special +P HC Keith 158 476 1167
** Short Barrel Loads below specified 2" Snub  **
38 Special SWC-HC 158 253 850
38 Special HCWC 150 241 850
38 Special JHP 125 225 900

Cor-Bon Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special +P JHP 110 269 1050
38 Special +P JHP 125 251 950
38 Special +P DPX 110 269 1050
38 Special FMJ 147 264 900
** Pow'r Ball **
38 Special +P PBall 100 294 1150
** Glaser Safety Slug **
38 Special SS 80 256 1200
38 Special +P SS 80 278 1250

Double Tap Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special +P BD JHP 125 383 1175
38 Special +P SJHP 125 383 1175
38 Special +P TACXP 110 382 1250
38 Special +P SWC 158 351 1000

Extreme Shock Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special AFR 85 475 (4.25"bbl) 1586
38 Special EPR 115 387 1185
38 Special FF 124 387 1185

Federal Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special Hydshk 110 235 980
38 Special +P Hydshk 129 258 950
38 Special Nyclad 125 191 830
38 Special FMJ 130 189 810
38 Special LWCM 148 156 690
38 Special LRN 158 208 770

Fiocchi Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special XTP JHP 110 TBD TBD
38 Special +P FMJFN 110 284 1080
38 Special SJSP 125 261 970
38 Special SJSP ZP 125 261 970
38 Special XTP JHP 125 200 850
38 Special SJHP 125 261 970
38 Special FMJ 130 260 950
38 Special VSJHP 148 183 750
38 Special LWC 148 175 730
38 Special FMJ 158 186 730
38 Special LRN 158 271 880

Grizzly Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special +P JHP 158 333 975
38 Special +P JSP 158 333 975

Hornady Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special FTX 110 249 1010
38 Special +P FTX 110 290 1090
38 Special JHP 125 225 900
38 Special JHP 158 199 800

International Cartridge Corporation Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
Green Elite Series
38 Special Frangible Duty HP 110 242 1000

Lehigh Defense Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special Maximum Expansion HP 100 245 1050
38 Special Controlled Fracturing HP 105 257 1050

PMC Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special +P SFHP 125 251 950
38 Special EMJ NT 132 207 840
38 Special EMJ NT 158 225 800
38 Special FMJ 132 207 840

Masafe Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special Swat 37 362 4"bbl 2100 4"bbl
38 Special Defender 52 303 3"bbl 1620 3"bbl
38 Special +P Maxx 65 402 2"bbl /469 3"bbl 1670 2"bbl /1804 3"bbl

Magtech Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special LRN 158 200 755
38 Special LWC 148 166 710
38 Special SJSPF 158 200 744
38 Special +P SJSP F 125 245 938
38 Special SJHP 158 230 807
38 Special +P SJHP 125 245 938
38 Special LRN 125 130 686
38 Special +P SJHP 158 278 890
38 Special LSWC 158 200 755
38 Special +P JHP 125 287 1017
38 Special LFN 158 225 800
38 Special +P SJSP F 158 278 890
38 Special FMJ F 158 200 755
38 Special FEB F 158 200 755
38 Special FMJ F 125 245 938
38 Special FMJ 130 185 800
38 Special LFN 125 234 919
38 Special +P SCHP 95 247 1083

RBCD Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special TFSP 60 385 1705

Remington Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special +P SJHP 110 242 995
38 Special SJHP 110 220 950
38 Special +P SJHP 125 248 945
38 Special FNEB 125 178 800
38 Special +P FNEB 125 264 975
38 Special +P JHP 125 248 945
38 Special MC 130 185 800
38 Special LWC 148 166 710
38 Special +P LHP 158 278 890
38 Special +P SWC 158 278 890
38 Special LRN 158 200 755
38 Special SWC 158 200 755
38 Special LRN 158 200 755
** Golden Saber **
38 Special +P BJHP 125 264 975

Ruag Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
Geco Product Line
38 Special LRN 158 285 902
38 Special JHP 158 329 968
38 Special FMJ FN 158 329 968
RWS Copper Matrix Product Line
38 Special Fangible Practice round 100 283 1130

Sellier & Bellot Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
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Speer Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special +P GDHP 125 248 945
38 Special +P TMJ FN 158 284 900
** Short Barrel Load **
38 Special +P GDHPSB 135 222 860

Underwood Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special FMJ 125 225 900
38 Special +P FMJ 125 278 100
38 Special +P JHP 125 278 100
38 Special +P Gold Dot HP 125 400 1200
38 Special +P Golden Saber HP 125 336 1100

Winchester Ammunition Ballistics

Round Type Weight Muzzle Energy ft·lb Muzzle Velocity ft/sec.
38 Special STHP 110 218 945
38 Special JSP 125 167 775
38 Special FMJ 130 185 800
38 Special Lead 150 238 845
38 Special CLL 158 225 800
38 Special LRN 158 200 755
38 Special LSWC 158 200 755
38 Special +P JHP 125 248 945
38 Special +P STHP 125 248 945
38 Special +P T-Series 130 247 925
38 Special +P LSWCHP 158 278 890
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