- Manufacturer Winchester
- Condition New
- Bullet Weight 125gr
- Projectile Type JHP
- Ammo Use Type Self Defense
- Casing Type Nickel-Plated Brass
- Quantity 500
- Caliber .38 Spl
- Pressure + P
- Manufacturer SKU X38S8HP
- Primer Type Boxer
- Muzzle Velocity (ft. per sec) 945
- Muzzle Energy (ft. pounds) 248
- Magnetic No
- UPC Barcode 40020892201338
- Q & A
What this ammo actually excels at is personal protection. This is an overpressure cartridge, which propels its 125 grain projectile to a faster-than-standard muzzle velocity of 945 feet per second (assuming the firearm has a 4” barrel). The bullet will strike a target at close range with over 220 ft lbs of kinetic energy, which is higher than the bare minimum commonly recommended for self-defense.
A +P cartridge like this will generate additional recoil and produce steeper muzzle rise. It is also unsafe to fire this ammo in a 38 Special firearm unless it is specifically rated for +P. It is safe for all 357 Magnum firearms, however.
The Silvertip jacketed hollow point’s silver color is actually aluminum-alloy plating. It does not affect the bullet’s terminal performance – the jacketed hollow point would penetrate soft tissue and expand just as reliably even if it wasn't plated with aluminum. This self-defense ammo’s brass cases do benefit from their nickel plating, however. In addition to smoother feeding and extraction, nickel provides additional resistance against corrosion!
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