.38 special derringer ammo question

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  1. AMD4400

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    I got a .38 special derringer. My question is what kind of ammo is safe to use in it. I has right on the box says DO NOT USE: hi vel, hot, super vel, +p or any high pressure stuff. In manual says "Standard Velocity" is safest and works best. I got a box of magtech 158gr FMC-Flat (38P) bullets for it. On the chart on ammo box the 38p says its 754fps. So would you consider this "Standard Velocity" ammo ? And it said nothing about bullet weight.

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  2. dodge310

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    Anything other than +P pretty much. The standard Federal from Wally World is perfect. With the derringer I'd probably go with 125-135gr myself.
     
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    Cowboy Action loads would be perfect. ,,,sam.
     
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    AMD4400,

    How about a picture of that little beauty? We like pictures!!!

    Tom
     
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  5. M14man

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    That Magtech ammo is fine to use.
     
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  6. DaTeacha

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    How about some targets shot at 25 feet or so, using just one barrel, then both. I always wondered if those things were regulated to hit at the same point at some paraticular distance or if they were just stuck together figuring anything closer than 5 feet is hard to miss.
     
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    i had a cheap excam and fired everything thru it.

    its only a belly gun, dont expect any acuracy.

    they make some 38 spcl with 3 balls in them, kool
     
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  8. blat

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    May I suggest Federal Nyclad 125 grain hollowpoints. These are standard pressure loads. I think they run close to 800 fps from a snub S&W, so they should do well in your derringer. When I had a Davis derringer, that's what I used.
    These are soft lead hollowpoints coated with a blue nylon type coating, to prevent leading your barrel, but still expand well.
    They quit making this load for a few years, but I heared they are putting it back in production,or already have.
     
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    Here is your pictures :trink26:

    Thanks for the imput guys!
     

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    Someplace I saw a video on how to reload those and keep the muzzle pointed down range to comply with CA rules.I don't know where to look but maybe someone can post it. ,,,sam.
     
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    +P have the designator "+P" marked on the box and usually the headstamp by convention. What you have sounds like standard velocity ammo. Should be fine for general use.

    I'd consider using the non +P version of hornady's critical defense ammo or possibly good old 148 grain wadcutters for carry use.
     
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  12. blat

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    I had one identical to this years ago. After a few firings, and some dry fire using a snap cap, the firing pin began to "mushroom" where the hammer strikes it.This was in a very short period of time; the gun was bought new. I took it back to the dealer to send it back for repair. He was an a--hole, who soon after went out of business. He basically told me "Tough S--t!"! I took the firing pin out, turned a new one using a drill and files, and other abrasives. I heat treated it the best I knew how, and put it in the gun. It worked without problems from then on.
    What appealed to me about the gun was the shape of the single barrel; the gun looked "neat" to me. After I fixed it, I used it to scare off cats and dogs hanging around the house. I had some 38 spec cases that were modified to accept a 209 primer. That was enough noise to scare them off!
     
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  13. AMD4400

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    Should i assume i will have the same problem with the fire-pin deforming like that?
    I agree with the shape it has, looks neat, and don't see other derringers that look the same, most are double barrel.
     
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    Magtech 158 Grain should work fine. A 158 Grain in a Derringer will kick like hell but it should work just fine. I'd get a lighter grain bullet.
     
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    Keep that lil hummer on half cock when you reload or carry .This way you have no surprises. Trust me, I know!
     
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    yep
     
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  17. AMD4400

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    It doesn't have a half cock or a manual safety. But I would never carry it with hammer raised.
     
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    I don't know what it does but I think he ment that if the hammer depresses the fireing pin it might go bang on closing. ,,,sam.
     
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  20. AMD4400

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    It has a Transfer safety bar, so even with the hammer down it makes no contact with the firing pin "which is nice if i ever did carry it".
     
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