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38 special?

Does anyone hunt with one? Is it to small of a caliber to cleanly kill a deer?
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Re: 38 special?

I have a couple of them, but would never hunt deer with them. Most loads only shoot about 1000 fps at best. I carry a 38 special and they are meant for very close range.

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Re: 38 special?

If you use Plus p loads, and a good bullet, and keep your shots close, you will have no trouble killing a deer, if you can shoot the gun accurately I'd say a max of 50 yards, with 30 being more ideal. Basically like archery hunting.

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Re: 38 special?

I'm just guessing, but I would think you'd need a hard cast wad cutter of at least 158 grains and going faster than 800fps. A hard cast at close range would likely zip right through if you don't hit a shoulder. I'm certain its been done before but its not ideal. The bullet will be key in this equation.

Pretty sure this means you'll need to reload.

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Re: 38 special?

No reloading necessary. 158gr hard cast, at over 1000 fps from a 1 7/8 barrel. Add a couple hundred fps if your gun has a 6 inch barrel.

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Re: 38 special?

It has a six inch barrel. I would like to get into handgunning but i cant quite afford a heavy hitter yet. The 38 i have i inherited and would like to get some us out of it other than target shooting. I can hit with open sights pretty accurately but would consider a scope of some sort to tighten up my groups.
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Re: 38 special?

keep ur shots close 30 yards at calm deer= dead deer! I have done it.

I prefer to use my .357 Mag.

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Re: 38 special?

What model is your 38? Before you load Buffalo Bores into it you need to know whether it can handle them.

The 6" barrel helps some. But in my opinion scoping it is a waste of your money. Your still limited in range and a scope won't increase the power of the bullet.

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Re: 38 special?

You will not get a couple hundred fps more out of a 6 in barrel vs 2/3 in. More like 50-75, if you're lucky, (this is a handgun not a rifle round) which won't make much of a difference in killing power. A 38 spec. will kill a deer with the right bullet, close range and great shot placement, don't hit a shoulder. It is a marginal round for deer, I personally wouldn't, JMO.
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Re: 38 special?

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You will not get a couple hundred fps more out of a 6 in barrel vs 2/3 in. More like 50-75, if you're lucky, (this is a handgun not a rifle round) which won't make much of a difference in killing power. A 38 spec. will kill a deer with the right bullet, close range and great shot placement, don't hit a shoulder. It is a marginal round for deer, I personally wouldn't, JMO.
Actually, yes you will. Here are the numbers with differnt barrel lenghts for the load I posted the link to above.
1255 fps -- Ruger GP 100, 6 inch barrel, 357 mag.
1186 fps -- S&W Combat Masterpiece 6 inch barrel, 38 SPL (circa 1958)
1146 fps -- S&W Mt. Gun, 4 inch barrel, 357 mag.
1167 fps -- S&W Mod. 15, 4 inch barrel, 38 SPL (circa 1968)
1112 fps -- Ruger SP 101, 3 inch barrel, 38 SPL
1043 fps -- S&W Mod 66, 2.5 inch barrel, 357 mag.
989 fps -- S&W Mod 340PD, 1 & 7/8 inch barrel, 357 mag.
1027 fps -- S&W Mod 642 (pre dash), 1 & 7/8 inch barrel, 38 SPL

Like I said, keep your shots close, and the .38 is more than adequate. Also, here is some infor from buffalo bore as to the type of pistol you can shoot these rounds through.
" This load utilizes a hard flat nosed bullet, at sufficient velocity, even from 2 inch barrels, to fully penetrate. This load is safe to shoot in all 38SPL and 357 magnum firearms of modern design that are in normal operating condition"

Some of the velocities posted above are within the range of .357 loads, and people harvest deer with them regularly. With the right ammo, and a hunter that waits for good shots, the 38 is more than capable of getting the job done.

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