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Thread: Reliable SD loads for a LCR or S&W Airweight

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    I asked this in another thread that was dedicated to the LCR, but I figured I would start a new thread about this specific issue, as it pertains not only to the LCR but also to any of the airweight snubnose .38's....

    I keep reading about how airweight .38's sometimes unseat hollow points from the casings, particularly with P+ rounds. Have any LCR owners had any problems with bullets becoming unseated from the casings? The owner's manual also describes this as a possibility & details how to check your ammo.

    What kind of SD-hollowpoints are people loading in their LCRs? I currently have mine loaded with 129gr Federal Hydra-shoks, but I have not had an opportunity to get to the range to test fire the HP's yet.

    What SD ammo have folks tested & found out does not work? Conversely, what SD ammo have people found works as intended?

    I don't want to stock up on a particular brand of ammo only to find that it is not airweight/snub friendly.

    Carry on!

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    It is a revolver! Any ammo made to specshould be reliable. The LCR is a great carry peice, hide in a pocket easily. Some loads are better performers for penetraton and expansion.
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    I have a Smith Airweight 642 .38 spl. and use Speer Gold Dot 135's with no issues. I think "jumping crimp" is rare, but more common with alloy .357's.

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    No problems had with any Federal, Magtech, or BH +p hollowpoints. It's a great gun.

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    Double Tap ammo has some great standard pressure loads for .38.

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    Looks like DoubleTap is only offering .38 +P right now...

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    Federal Hydrashock 110gr JHP.

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    i run Winchester SuperX 110gr Silvertip HP's in my S&W 638 Airweight and have never had any issues.


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