There are many .38 Special loads available. Round-nose bullets have proven to be poor performers, and some hollowpoints lose much of their velocity and effectiveness in a short barrel. The Black Hills Ammunition 100-grain Honey Badger cuts flesh and penetrates to an optimum depth, providing good wound ballistics. The Winchester 125-grain Silvertip +P offers good wound ballistics and proven expansion potential. For those who cannot handle the recoil of a +P cartridge in the lightweight .38 Special, the 148-grain wadcutter is a reasonable choice. Though no powerhouse at 750 fps, the full wadcutter features a flat nose and cutting shoulder and will cut rather than push flesh aside. I prefer this load to any .32 or .380 ACP loading.