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Caliber .38 (.38 Special) Load data

 


Caliber .38 (.38 Special) A detailed list from TM 43-0001-27 "Army Ammunition Data Sheets Small Caliber Ammuntion"

MASTER PO'S DISCLAIMER: The following is for informational purposes only. DO NOT USE THIS DATA TO REPLICATE. Burning rates for milspec powders drastically change from lot to lot.

The U.S. Military has seen fit to purchase its defense and match .38 over the counter from several manufacturers. Its listing here is only to display for identification what is kept in inventory by the military.

 

Cartridge, Caliber .38, Ball

Use:
Caliber .38 weapons. The cartridge is for CONUS-guard or security use in .38 caliber weapons.

Description:
Ball. The cartridge is identified by an unjacketed lead bullet.

Weight - 196 grains
Length - 1.18 in.
Primer - Percussion
Propellant - unspecified smokeless powder
Charge - meets ballistic requirement
Projectile - 158 grain lead round nosed bullet
Chamber Pressure - 13,000 psi
Velocity - 725 fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

Cartridge, Caliber .38, Ball, Special, M41

Use:
Revolver. This cartridge is intended for use in personal defense handguns.

Description:
Ball. The cartridge is identified by an jacketed bullet.

Weight - 203 grains
Length - 1.55 in.
Primer - Percussion
Propellant - SR 7325
Charge - 4.8 grains
Projectile - 130 grain jacketed round nosed bullet
Chamber Pressure - 16,000 psi
Velocity - 950 fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

Cartridge, Caliber .38, Wadcutter

Use:
Revolver, Special, S &W K-38. This cartridge is used only in pistol competition firing and marksmanship training.

Description:
Wad Cutter. The bullet is designed with a concave forward end to act as a paper puch cutting a clean hole in targets.

Weight - 220 grains
Length - 1.16 in.
Primer - Percussion
Propellant - Unspecified smokeless powder
Charge - Meets ballistic requirement
Projectile - 148 grain lead hollow base wad cutter bullet
Chamber Pressure - 16,000 psi
Velocity - 800 fps, 15 feet from muzzle

 

 

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