Loading .38 Spl. to +P pressures is a good way to boost the performance of this old cartridge in short-barreled handguns that might not produce enough velocity to initiate expansion with some standard-pressure loads. However, .38 Spl. +P loads can also make lightweight, compact revolvers un-fun to shoot. This Golden Saber load was tested in a steel-frame Smith & Wesson Chiefs Special and was actually comfortable to shoot. Penetration was deeper and expansion wider than all previously tested .38 Spl. loads. I initially assumed this to be the same load Remington uses for its Ultimate Home Defense offering, but based on my velocity and gelatin testing, the loads are not identical.
|Load||MV (fps)||PEN (inches)||EXP (inches)||RW(grains)|
|.38 Spl. +P Remington 125-grain Golden Saber||883||13.0||.60||125|