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Old February 10th, 2017, 03:44 PM   #1
 
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Wadcutter ammo

Trying to find 148 grain .38 special wadcutter, not semi wadcutter, but have a hard time. I still have half a box of American Eagle but would like some more.
Several sources have it on their web sites but show it either not available or out of stock.
Shooting my LCR .38 is much more comfortable at the range with this ammo.
Usually have good luck with Sportsmans Guide, but they show it as not available.
Any ideas will be appreciated.
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Trying to find 148 grain .38 special wadcutter, not semi wadcutter, but have a hard time. I still have half a box of American Eagle but would like some more.
Several sources have it on their web sites but show it either not available or out of stock.
Shooting my LCR .38 is much more comfortable at the range with this ammo.
Usually have good luck with Sportsmans Guide, but they show it as not available.
Any ideas will be appreciated.
Thanks.
They have it here!
Sellier & Bellot Pistol, .38 Special, WC, 148 Grain, 50 Rounds - 85652, .38 Special Ammo at Sportsman's Guide
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I recently got some from Selway Armory. It is available, but a bit harder to find. Underwood has some that I carried in my LCR when I had it, but that was a good bit hotter than the regular wadcutter target stuff. I recently reloaded about 100 rounds for my daughters to shoot. They are really good practice ammo, and I've been researching using them as carry ammo in snubs. The Underwood wadcutter would be a great carry round, but like I said, feels more like a +P than standard pressure.
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Good find, thanks.
Ordered enough for free shipping.
Love this site.
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Been looking at it here just because I'm too lazy to reload some.

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...0WC%2050/1200/
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a compressed load of trail boss and a 148 grain swc gives 850 fps.
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I like the Jerry's plated and can load in 38 special and 357 mag.
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Reloading your own is the easy and cheapest answer, but it that's not possible here is another site to check out:

38 Special Ammo | Bulk .38 Spl Ammunition For Sale Cheap

The price seems high to me as a reloader.
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Thanks to all of you for finding this info for me.
Guess the ammo is available ,just have to know where to look.
Ordered from Sportsmans Guide last night, so I am good for now.
Will bookmark your helpful sites for future needs.
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a compressed load of trail boss and a 148 grain swc gives 850 fps.
You compress Trail Boss? I thought that was a big no, no. I reloaded mine with Trail Boss, but no compressed load.
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Just got 4 boxes from Freedom Munitions, 20.00 a box, 148 grain 50 rounds, flat rate shipping for orders over 99.00.. been buying all my ammo from them, they have reloads and new, buy my 45acp reloads, couple thousand rounds, never a problem. Just checked their website, shows in stock

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I carry and practice with Freedom Munitions 38 spl 158 gr RNFP in a JFrame (Also in my Henry 357/38). I think 500 rounds was $109 w/ free shipping a few months back. Good ammo no issues. I get a kick out of shooting them in my Security Six as well.

This will be the next set of dies for the Dillon press and the next caliber I will learn to load, guess some shooting is in order so I can get some more brass

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hrocco76 - I've shot a ton or two (literally) of 38 wadcutters over the years and it's great round. The bulk of those rounds were assembled with swaged hollow base wadcutters [HBWC], usually Speer 148gr HBWC. I played around with casting bullets for a while but seriously got into casting several years ago and stopped buying HBWC's. I now cast solid WC's and use those in all of my WC loads.

Reloading doesn't provide the big savings it once did but it's still worth the effort if you shoot regularly. The 38 Special is one of the easiest rounds to reload for and one of the most satisfying cartridges to reload. I would recommend you look into reloading. You don't need to cast your own bullets (a completely different addiction by the way ) but you may find that reloading allows you to shoot more.
There are some real advantages to reloading the 38 Special. The casings last through multiple reloading cycles, particularly when loading low pressure target rounds. When shooting a revolver you don't have to chase your brass down, so it's easier to recover your spent casings. The components for 38 Special are inexpensive, which keeps your costs down.

Even if you don't reload, I would suggest that you collect your spent casings. WC brass is particularly desirable to reloaders and I bet you could sell those casings and at least recoup some of your ammunition expense.

Good Luck !
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