.38 Super +P Wilson Combat 115-grain JHP

by
posted on October 16, 2012
115grain.jpg

In Wilson Combat's line of defensive handgun ammunition, you will find several loads utilizing Hornady XTP bullets. Though often criticized for limited expansion and excessive penetration, this 115-grain bullet loaded in the .38 Super offers reasonably balanced terminal performance. Exiting the muzzle at more than 1,300 fps, it makes the inside of a gel block look like mush. Sure, this bullet, which was designed for a 9 mm, sheds weight when impacting at high velocities, but it still penetrated to the FBI's 12-inch minimum.

Load Handgun MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.38 Super +P Wilson Combat 115-grain JHP Les Baer 1911 (4.25-inch barrel) 1,318 12.00 0.480 71

Latest

Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns
Mossberg 500 and 590 shotguns

Mossberg 500 and 590: America’s Defensive Shotguns

Since 1961, the O.F. (Oscar Frederick) Mossberg company has sold more than 11 million of its Model 500 pump-action shotguns, making it the most popular shotgun of all time, if not one of the most sold guns in any category, period.

Customizing the Colt Detective Special

Got a gun with that has seen better days? Perhaps Grandpa’s favorite gun was obviously “well loved?” Talented gunsmiths and other artisans are out there who can give your favorite firearm a much-needed face-lift.

First Look: Dead Air Armament Primal Suppressor

Dead Air Armament is adding the Primal, a new.46-caliber magnum rated suppressor to their lineup of firearms sound suppressors.

9/11 20 Years Later: A Special Smith & Wesson

There are still heroes in this world. We mourn the loss of one some 20 years later on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Why Defensive Firearms Training is So Important

Yes, you may never have to fire your handgun in defense of your life or family, but the possibility always exists.

Review: Smith & Wesson Shield Plus

In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.