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Old February 1st, 2017, 12:24 PM   #1
 
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110 Gr .38 usage

Hi Everyone,

I recently acquired some Hornady reloading equipment as a birthday gift, and part of the promotion was you receive up to 600 free bullets with purchase of said equipment.

So having a 3" .357 GP100 and longing for a .38 LCR in the near future, I opted for their 38 cal .357 110 gr Hp/XTP

My question is, what is this ammo good for? Im a shooting/reloading newb, but this just looks like regular jacketed stuff, and from what i've been reading/shooting, ~150gr stuff shoots most accurate.

I will just be plinking, working on self defense and i'd like to try some IDPA in the future. These are pretty expensive on the Hornady website vs some of the lead wadcutters i'd been looking at. Thoughts/opinions please!

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Old February 1st, 2017, 01:16 PM   #2
 
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I used the same free bullets from hornady in 38 special, they shot very accurately in my 4" security six. They aren't my preferred weight but ended up working good using unique. Shot well in my Henry big boy as well.
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The 110 grain JHP's hit the scene with Super-Vel, they were light weight , hollow points and could be pushed fast... at high velocity they more than expanded. We would load them hot and enjoyed watching water filled milk jugs explode when hit.
Too light weight for big game hunting , light weight and hollow point elimiates penetration.
Varmit hunting maybe, something that doesn't require much penetration.
Small game hunting might be a possibility .
Personal self defense might be its best role .
They would be good in small J frame revolver, less bullet weight = less recoil.
Accuracy should be just fine , Hornady makes a good bullet and 38/357 ammo shoots 110 gr. just as well as any other weight. For your use they will be fine.
My most accurate 38 and 357 loads are with 125 grain and 160 grain cast lead bullets, so weight is not a big factor in accuracy.
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Awesome, just what i wanted to hear. Free is free, so i'll load them up and shoot 'em!

I think i'm over thinking this a little too much
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Awesome, just what i wanted to hear. Free is free, so i'll load them up and shoot 'em!

I think i'm over thinking this a little too much
Not overthinking , just learning.
Hornady bullets have always been my favorite but most of my paper target , tin can and rock hunting has been with cast lead , for economics reasons only. the XTP's are too costly to be wasting. Shoot some up but save a supply for defensive ammo loads and such. Get some lead bullets for cheap pleasure and recreational shooting. The 38 special and lead bullets were made for each other.
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I use Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special regular pressure 90 grain jhp ftx bullet in my Ruger LCRX .38 Special +p. With this ammo my LCRX hits POI/ POA @ 7-10 yards regularly!! Hornady bullets, brass, etc is good stuff!!!
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Years ago when I carried a S&W 60, my load of choice was a 110 gr JHP in front of an 800-X powder charge. It gave great velocity(more than any other load IIRC than any other load) out of a 2" bbl, shot great groups and had minimal recoil.
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The 110 Gr JHP is a great weight for summer time carry for self defense, as most people are wearing very light clothing. By some chance your decide to handload the 110 Gr's a medium burning power would be the way to go something say like AA#7. You wouldn't want to use a slower burning like 296, 2400, IMR-7227, these will give you a lot of flash at the muzzle due to the unburned slower powder. Good luck
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My preferred defense load in my GP100 is Hornady 110Gr Critical Defense 38SP +P. So when I shoot it to replace it I find it to be very accurate. If XTP is similar, load it to +P and enjoy.
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To add on what Sir Ruger stated using the slower burning powders, such as WW296, and H110, 4227 etc. will cause deterioration of the forcing cone after prolonged use due to the flash, with extreme heat, using such a light projectile.
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