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.38 Special re-manufactured/reloaded ammunition for target shooting, training, and the casual day at the range. Noted for its excellent accuracy and manageable recoil which is handled better by novice, new and young shooters, the .38 Special is the most popular revolver cartridge in the world more than a century after its introduction.

The .38 Special was introduced in 1898 as an improvement over the .38 Long Colt which, as a military service cartridge, was found to have inadequate stopping power against the charges of Moro warriors during the Philippine-American War. Upon its introduction, the .38 Special was originally loaded with black powder, but the cartridge's popularity caused manufacturers to offer smokeless powder loadings within a year of its introduction.

Due to its black powder heritage, the .38 Special is a low pressure cartridge, one of the lowest in common use today at 17,000 PSI. By modern standards, the .38 Special fires a medium-sized bullet at rather low speeds. Bishop Ammunition loads its .38 Special ammunition with a 158 Gr. copper plated double struck bullet made by X-Treme Bullets.
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* Blemished projectiles - small dents in the sides of the of the projectiles.
Bishop Ammunition remanufactured 38 Special cartridges are made in the U.S.A at our plant in North Highlands, California by U.S. Citizens. This ammunition uses a top shelf, top grade modern powder that is not sensitive to either the temperature or position of the powder inside the case. This powder yields constant pressure and velocity shot after shot after shot regardless of the condition in which it's used. We believe, when properly loaded and inspected, once-fired brass is every bit as reliable as new brass, if not more. Because once-fired brass has been, by definition, fired, it provides an advantage that new-made cartridges do not have: Simply put, the possibility that poorly formed primer holes would prevent ignition has been eliminated. Our processed brass undergoes an initial inspection and cleaning, full length sized, deprimed, and primer pocket swaged, a custom-designed cleaning and polishing process, another hand inspection, then the round is made on commercial-grade presses, and undergoes a final hand inspection before the ammunition is hand packed into the box. Just like when we use new brass, all cartridges go through the same intense quality control, high precision machining, and personal hand inspection.
  • Target-Grade Ammunition.
  • Each box contains 50 cartridges, mixed headstamp, either all brass or all nickel-plated brass cases. Nickel-Plated Brass boxes are so marked.
  • Modern St. Marks powder insures a more consistent cleaner burn regardless of temperature or firing position shot after shot after shot.
  • 1/10th Grain Consistency = Increased Accuracy = Better Performance.
  • We purposely do not load once-fired processed cases to maximum SAAMI specification, but it is within the range specified by the powder manufacturer. There is solid reasoning behind this: Our ammunition provides a lower recoil, less chance of case splits and less of a chance of blowing someone's gun up. Other manufacturers do fully load to maximum specification on their re-manufactured ammunition, or they will cut corners on the powder used in order to increase their profit margin. Use theirs at your own risk
  • Components are American-made where possible and supply allows. Brass can be a mix of both American and foreign-made once-fired brass.
  • Loose-packed.
  • Each box will contain either all brass cases or all nickle-plated cases. We do not mix nickle and brass in the same box. Your order may contain some boxes of all brass cases and some boxes of all nickle-plate cases, depending on inventory levels, unless you specify otherwise.

Please see our updated return policy concerning ammunition returns. MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO PURCHASE.