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200gr Super Police

Jim TomJim Tom MemberPosts: 338 Member
Found a box of these old round nosers in my ammo safe the other day and got to thinking these might be pretty good out of an old steel frame Model 49 S&W during the winter months when everyone has on multiple layers of heavey clothes. Even poking along at 500-600 ft/sec, they're going to penetrate pretty good, and getting to the vitals is all you can reasonably expect out of a snubby anyway, right?

Anyway, what do you all think?

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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Better than a poke with a sharp stick, but not much. Soft lead round nose bullets have a habit of glancing off anything hard, including bone, and taking off in unpredictable directions. Think "cue ball". Now, if they had an almost-flat meplat and were hard as woodpecker lips, they'd be a lot more effective!
    Jerry
  • rapier5316rapier5316 Member Posts: 312 Member
    .38-200???? Did you find the S&W designated for them? N-frame .38.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,521 Senior Member
    .38-200 was the .38 S&W, not the Special.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    I have a few of them someplace I thunk. A yellow box with a big W on it? I believe they are copper plated/washed bullets?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Jim TomJim Tom Member Posts: 338 Member
    Did some research on them using the search function on the S&W forum and they're not too highly thought of. They WERE only recommended for N-frames. Their heavey for caliber weight jacks up the pressure pretty good.

    One poster said they used to call them smurf loads in the PD he worked at because they had no penetration, would bounce off about anything they hit. Several posters stated they did do a lot of damage at close range if they didn't have to pass through a barrier because they would tumble as soon as they hit anything.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,066 Senior Member
    Jim Tom wrote: »
    Did some research on them using the search function on the S&W forum and they're not too highly thought of. They WERE only recommended for N-frames. Their heavey for caliber weight jacks up the pressure pretty good.

    One poster said they used to call them smurf loads in the PD he worked at because they had no penetration, would bounce off about anything they hit. Several posters stated they did do a lot of damage at close range if they didn't have to pass through a barrier because they would tumble as soon as they hit anything.

    That box of ammo might be worth more to you on eBay than in your revolver, if you know what I mean.
    :roll2:

    jmho
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,386 Senior Member
    I consider the big, heavy, slow, non-expanding .38 to be a valid enough concept, though I wouldn't necessarily want to go betting my life on ammo that predates the Eisenhower Administration.
    WWJMBD?

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