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Hi - Just purchased my first gun and I'm looking to buy ammo. I want to buy .38 +P special & .357 ammo.

Any recommendation will be gladly accepted.

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PJ
 

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Your little SP-101 will digest all sorts of .38's just fine for target use including wadcutters. I tried 158 gr .357's and found them to be hard on the hands (like hitting a stinger with a baseball bat). 125's are probably easier. Like a dummy I sold my SP-101 and I'm sorry. Only good thing was I kept it in the family by selling it to my son, who put Crimson Trace grips on it. He hasn't repeated my mistake so I guess he learned something from the old man.
 

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When you go to buy ammo ask for a run down of the selection and price. American Eagle .357's are about $13 a box up here in NH, and they're perfectly good for practice. 125 Grain hollow points are $50 a box. Same with .38's. Fully jacketed .38's are okay for practice, though you would want jacketed hollow points for defense.

Compare the prices of the practice stuff and the defense stuff and you will see a big difference. Don't just say I want .357's. I try to stay away from the lead bullets and go for the jacketed stuff. Some of the softer lead bullets will foul up the barrel pretty quickly.

By the way, I found that the Wal-Mart here has the best prices on .38 + p's. Maybe you should check them.
 

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OK, here's what I've ordered yesterday from Cheaper than dirt (my post was delayed for 2 days before it was posted here):

1. Ammo 38spl S&B 158grFMJ 50-Box FMJ 158gr New Boxer Primed 3 X $11.55 = $34.65

2. .357 Magnum Federal Premium Vital-Shock Hunting, 140-Grain Barnes Expander, 1280 fps, 20 Rounds. 1 X $22.42 = $22.42

3. Pistol Cleaning Kit, .38/.357 Caliber & 9mm
1 X $7.84 = $7.84

BTW my SP101 is 2 1/4" bbl and has Crimson Trace rubber grip.

If anyone is interested I paid for it $630 out the door in Gilbert AZ.
 

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Parkinson Joe WELCOME feller to GUN and GAME Glad you joined and were looking forward for a range report after you try out that new Shoot'in Iron !
Be careful and Thanks for joining...A.H
 

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Okay so as I haven't checked for myself whats so special about Crimson Trace grips ? Are these the ones with the lazer sight in them?
 

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Okay so as I haven't checked for myself whats so special about Crimson Trace grips ? Are these the ones with the lazer sight in them?
Yep, my cost on them is around $280 and I get a pretty good discount.
 

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Okay NOW I understand $630 for an SP101, forgive me as I was beginning to suffer from sticker shock.
 

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Get up some pics/porn when you get her dress fitted..
 
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