This has probably been asked a bunch but what's a good SD non +p round in .38 special.. A caveat, how does Ruger's .38 special +p lcr handle 158gr loads??
Buffalo Bore has several very interesting 38 non +P loads. I have the 110 grain Barnes TAC-XP JHP. They also have a non +P LSWC. Hornady Critical Defense non +P also seems to be a good SD round, I have some of those in the bottom of my safe. The non +P rounds I have are for possible use in an old 38 not rated for +P.My LCR 38 handles 158 gr +P loads just fine. My carry load is a Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWC-HP/GC +P. It chronies out of my LCR at an average of 1,017 FPS and is accurate but a bit snappy on the recoil side. At age 65 with a touch of arthritis in my knuckles it is still not a problem for me.