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Posted: 8/15/2005 10:02:48 AM EDT
I just picked up a 2" S&W .38 Special Airweight 5 shot revolver for concealed pocket carry. According to the S&W catalog it will handle +P ammo. The dealer suggested Speer GoldDot .38SPL+P 135gr. GDHP for the gun. I'm a 1911 guy, so I'd like recommendations on defensive loads for this gun. Thank you.
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 5:07:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/15/2005 5:34:27 PM EDT
Doc that GDHP is a great defensive load for the 38, I carry that in my centennial.....but dont plan on shooting a whole lot of that at the range, it will knock the crap out of your hand
Link Posted: 8/16/2005 12:22:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/16/2005 12:38:56 AM EDT by NorWester]
Make sure you'r getting the new Gold Dot "SB" stuff.Its specially formulated for short bbled revolvers reduced velocities.
Speer
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 6:02:52 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/31/2005 12:55:43 PM EDT
Try the Corbon DPX 110g +P

From the tests I have seen it has great velocity, penetration, and expansion.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 4:57:38 PM EDT
The unscientific testing that my friend did on my .38+P 135gr GDHP ammo provided some very impressive expansion. If I can find the bullets I'll take some digi pics and post the expansion we got off of them. The recoil is manageable in the J frame I have shot them out of, and they are accurate. My only beef is the 20rd boxes...
Link Posted: 9/3/2005 8:32:06 PM EDT
Has anyone found a good internet source for ordering the new Speer 135g SB load?
It seems you do have to be carefull as most places have the old stuff only.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 10:01:08 AM EDT
I carry those gold dots in mine too.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 10:30:29 AM EDT
Where did you guys get your 135 gr gold dots? I have never even seen them here in houston.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 11:30:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2005 11:32:35 AM EDT by Cipo]
Mirage has the Speer GD 135gr +P for $15 per box of 50 (plus shipping). It doesn't get any better than that.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 11:36:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DocGun:
I just picked up a 2" S&W .38 Special Airweight 5 shot revolver for concealed pocket carry.




DocGun - do you mind if I ask how much you paid for the Airweight? Is it a model 637?
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 11:47:43 AM EDT
All the old timers say LSWCHP +P in a snubby is the way to go. All the newer fancy stuff just tries to do what the LSWCHP has always done. I think a 158gr lead HP launched from a 2.5" bbl will do the trick. If I can't get the HP then I'd go with a lead full wad cutter loaded +P.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:04:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cipo:

Originally Posted By DocGun:
I just picked up a 2" S&W .38 Special Airweight 5 shot revolver for concealed pocket carry.




DocGun - do you mind if I ask how much you paid for the Airweight? Is it a model 637?



Model 642 $386 OTD
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 12:01:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DocGun:

Model 642 $386 OTD




Very nice, thanks for the info.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 7:29:30 PM EDT
I have tested the Gold Dot 135 in Duxseal, and it outperformed everything else I've tried out of my 3" M-65. I like it so much I carry it on duty, and that's not something I take lightly. The best source I've found is the Florida Bullet Company, the owner there is a great guy who knew I needed it for The Job and made sure I got it quick. I don't have an address at hand, but it's an easy one to find. Tell Tom I sent ya! I like him so much he's on my personal e-mail list. Hope this helps.

Papajohn
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 2:07:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By papajohn:

The best source I've found is the Florida Bullet Company...



Florida Bullet and Mirage Technologies are the same company. Fantastic prices on all Gold Dot Ammo - $15 per box of 50 (plus shipping) for all calibers I checked. I just ordered 400 rounds.
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