Inspired by this article by C.E. (Ed) Harris, earlier this month I loaded up a batch of full power .38 Special wadcutters. Wadcutter ammo in .38 Special is usually loaded light for target shooting. However, when loaded to the same power level as .38 service loads, wadcutters are effective on game and for self defense use. Expansion is minimal but they penetrate very well and cut a full-caliber hole the entire way.
The loads I shot today consisted of:
- Winchester .38 Special wadcutter brass,
- CCI small pistol primer,
- 3.5 grains of Alliant Bullseye powder, and a
- 148 grain button nose, bevel base wadcutter sized to .359" from Matt's Bullets.