.38 Spl. Remington 110-grain

.38 Spl. Remington 110-grain SJHP

Standard bullets at standard velocities rarely get any credit, but they are most definitely worthy of consideration for self-defense.

By Richard Mann (RSS)
July 5, 2011

Most shooters want the latest and greatest bullet designs at hyper-fast speeds. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s nothing wrong with old and time-tested, either. Remington’s 110-grain, semi-jacketed hollow point load for the .38 Spl. is a perfect example. It shows why the .38 Spl. became so popular—moderate expansion, moderate penetration at a moderate velocity with moderate recoil in a small- to moderate-size handgun.

Load MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW(grains)
.38 Spl. Remington 110-grain SJHP 895 10.25 0.61 110

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4 Responses to .38 Spl. Remington 110-grain SJHP

  1. James G. says:

    Why do you call this load “standard velocity” and “moderate velocity”? It is a +P load, designed to achieve what Remington and other manufacturers consider high velocity for this cartridge. It’s faster than some (Golden Saber and Critical Defense) and only between 16 fps and 45 fps slower than other .38 Special +P loads you tested.

  2. Ray Hill says:

    They’re embarrased to let us know the energy is only 195 ft. lbs.

  3. Richard Mann says:

    Good question.

    Mostly because I consider anything between 900 and 1000 fps a moderate velocity for a defensive handgun cartridge. Given this load was fired from a two inch gun, velocities are high to average for this cartridge with non +p ammo but still in what I call the moderate range.

    As for the standard velocity reference, this load is speedy by some manufacturer’s standards but DoubleTap loads a 110 Barnes TAC-X bullet for the .38 Special that will break 1100 fps from a two inch gun.

    Hope this explains my comments.


  4. Charles Hofmann says:

    I was involved in extensive ammunition testing of the .38special caliber round for a large NYS agency. We tested many manufactures bidding for the contract. The ammunition was fired from a Smith & Wesson model 10 revolver locked into a rest to remove the human element. We looked for penetration, weight retention, and expansion using ballistic gelatin. We tested, velocity using a Chronograph and we measured three shot groups in inches at seven, fifteen and twenty five yards. We were also concerned with primmer ignition because of our aging revolvers and the problem we were having with our department’s current ammunition. The end result the Remington .38 special 110-grain semi jacketed hollow point won hands down over the rest of the ammunition manufactures and is still in use today over ten years later.

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