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.38 Smith&Wesson

The .38 S&W was designed by Smith & Wesson and introduced during the late 1870's. Also known as the .38 Super Police and the .38 Colt New Police, the .38 S&W was once available in numerous revolver made by too many foreign firms to mention, plus U.S. Manufacturers such as Harrington & Richardson, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Iver Johnson, and Hopkins & Allen. There was a time when the Webly revolver in .38 S&W was the official sidearm of the British military, a combination claimed to be more effective in combat then the old .455 Welby revolver. Like the less powerful .32 S&W, the .38 Smith & Wesson once enjoyed tremendous popularity in the private sector simply because of its availability in inexpensive pocket revolvers. It 145 grain and 200 grain loadings were rated at respective muzzle velocities of 730 and 620 fps, for the 173 and 176 foot pounds of energy. U.S. Ammunition manufacturers now offer factory loads with a 146 grain bullet at 685 fps for 150 foot pounds of energy. 

This text is based on information from “Cartridges of the World”, Hodgdon reloading manual, the cartridge designer and/or own resources.

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158 grs
195 grs
Alliant Bullseye
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ID: Bullet weight: Bullet name: Powder:
333 148 grs
Speer Wadcutter (bevel base) Bullseye
334 158 grs
SWC or RN (Lyman 358311) Unique
504 158 grs
Magtech LRN Unique
838 146 grs
Partizan RN Lead Vihtavuori N32C
839 146 grs
Partizan Lead RN Vithavuori N320
23351 158 grs
Lee cast SWC (powder coated) Alliant Red Dot
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