Remington’s New Wheelgun Ammunition

In an era of high capacity plastic pistols, there seems to be a trend back toward revolvers by many people. Call it a counter-culture movement if you must, but there seems to be a vigor in the wheel gun market that felt like it was missing just a few years ago.

For example, this year I’ve seen the return of the Colt double action revolver, an expansion of the new Kimber line of revolvers and the introduction of revolver specific books like Grant Cunningham’s Protect Yourself with Your Snubnose Revolver. This is all on top of the usual introductions by Ruger and Smith & Wesson of new guns each year.

Remington seems to be making an effort to capitalize on this trend with a new line of ammunition. Called Performance Wheelgun ammo, this new line offers 8 cartridges that are most frequently found in revolvers.

Don’t get excited, however, if you are looking for top tier self defense ammunition. These loads aren’t developed for that purpose. Rather, the offerings in this line will come with either lead round nose (LRN) or lead semi-wadcutter bullets (LSWC) only.

As a bit of a throwback to ’70s marketing, Remington points out that the LSWC bullet is good for making clean holes in paper targets and the primers are non-corrosive. I don’t recall the last time Remington prominently touted the Kleanbore primers as a significant feature on any of its ammo.

Here is what is being offered:

  • .32 S&W – 88 grain LRN @ 680 fps
  • .32 S&W Long – 98 grain LRN @ 705 fps
  • .357 Magnum – 158 grain LSWC @ 1,235 fps
  • .38 S&W – 146 grain LRN @ 685 fps
  • .38 Special – 158 grain LRN @ 755 fps
  • .38 Short Colt – 125 grain LRN @ 730 fps
  • .44 Special – 246 grain LRN @ 755 fps
  • .45 Colt – 250 grain LRN @ 830 fps

Pricing ranges from $27.59/50 for the .38 Special to $48.07/50 for the .44 Special. Of course, these are suggested retail prices. Hopefully, street prices would be significantly less.

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  • Dickie

    So its same ammo just new box

    • Wow!

      And probably higher price. These days serious shooters reload anyways or are issued factory defensive loads like Black Hills or Winchester.

  • Edeco


    I ain’t no judge so’s I pass no judgement, but you got to be fuller than a tick on stump liquor…

  • Nick

    Apart from the 357, those numbers seem reminiscent of black powder levels of performance.

  • Lyman Hall

    LSWC in .38 Special is a fantastic self defense round…but I’m not paying 28 bucks a box for it.

  • TechnoTriticale

    Who is the customer for the .32S&W and .38SC?

    Is anyone making new firearms for these?

    Sure, the .32s might be interesting for owners of .327FED and .32H&R magnums (if this new ammo is cheap enough).

    But the .38SC is a mystery to me. I suppose it might be suitable for surviving .38 Long Colt firearms, but is there any real value proposition there vs. using .38LC?

    • A.WChuck

      Plenty of old guys with old revolvers who still wish to shoot them. Clearly enough that Remington is catering to them. Arthritis takes a heavy toll and low recoil keeps many shooting who couldn’t otherwise.

    • Wild Bill

      The .38 Short Colt could be used for Cowboy action shooting.

    • Cymond

      I’d love to find a box of 32S&W (not Long) in a local store, I refuse to pay s&h on a single box. I have an old top break 32 that I really want to put a few rounds through.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      There must be several hundred nonagenarians out there looking to replace their carry ammo they last bought during the Taft administration.

    • Ryobiwankenobi

      Some of the USPSA competitors shooting 8 shot revolvers are using 38 short colt loaded to make minor and put in moon clips.

    • 2ThinkN_Do2

      I seriously doubt that Remington ammo is going to be in-expensive. But yes, the 32S&W is good to go like you mentioned, I used it plenty teach my children to shoot my .327 S&W revolver (not by Remington though, Fiocchi, Sellier & Bellot, or PPU brand). For example, I found the 32S&W Long on -line for $32.98 a box! I paid under $20 for the brands I listed. Found the Fiocchi for $20.33; FMJ vs LRN and more velocity.

  • Pizza Bob

    If I were going to the trouble and expense to promote revolver ammunition, I’d go to the trouble to have it better fit the niche. None of the loadings that would be used in IDPA or USPSA are close to the correct Power Factors – either too high or not high enough. Furthermore, I’d develop a “green” primer with a softer cup. Missed the mark Remington, as was said – just a new box.

  • Brian Hinchliffe

    No wadcutter in 38 special, no reason to buy.

  • Paul White

    No .41 ? 🙁

  • DIR911911 .

    this is nothing but expensive as hell plinking ammo , no thanks

  • Spencerhut

    WHAT . . . No .45 ACP! But how can I possibly shoot ammo not labeled for a “wheelgun” in my “wheelgun? What a frail and lame marketing move by a once great company. Can we have a funeral for Remington yet?

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      That image should be censored, it is pure porn and my new desktop background.

    • Dean Seaman

      You can always opt for Auto Rim ammo…which brings up the question, why didn’t they include that one?

      • 2ThinkN_Do2

        It’s an S&W 625 Jerry Miculek of course and comes like that from the factory; with those grips that is.

        • Dean Seaman

          Thanks! New to me, but that’s totally awesome!

  • Spencerhut

    Wheelgun ammo from a name you have grown to trust in wheelguns, Remington! Quality manufacturer of modern wheelguns since . . . never.

    • Vizzini

      Hey, don’t forget those Remington Navy Model 1858 cap and ball revolvers! That’s a fine design!

      (for a sufficiently loose definition of modern 🙂 — hey, they’re not flintlocks! )

      ETA: And I completely forgot about Remington 1875s — they actually use modern metallic cartridges! They’re like space guns!

  • Wild Bill

    Apparently Remington thinks gun owners are gullible and are not connected by the Internet. Another failed attempt by non gun people trying to market the same old thing to gun people.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Until I read that it was all lead nose and lswc I thought maybe Remington will turn things around for their ammo selection, but not only are they providing options we can find elsewhere, they’re charging a ton for it! Glad I swore off Remington long ago.

  • Amanofdragons

    Remington ammunition. Overpriced and underperforming.

  • Performance? That all seems to be very average and rather tepid loads.

    • Dougscamo

      Loading for the lowest common denominator….

    • Marcus D.

      .45 Colt seems about par for what you usually find for Cowboy Action loads. Only Buffalo Bore loads some really hot cartridges, as far as I’ve seen. The black powder equivalent is about 28 to 30 grains by volume in a cartridge that can be loaded to 40. So yeah, these are pretty soft shooting. But I just don’t know why this stuff has to go for a buck a round (or more).

  • A.WChuck

    Based on the packaging, it looks like this is aimed at a specific market, bullseye and steel match competitions. High power is not wanted or needed in either sport as far as I can tell. But, haters gotta hate.

  • Swarf

    This idea smells like a Group of Freedom.

  • larry

    Big green missed the boat should have loaded them all with LeadSemiWadHP’s!!

  • Getoffmylawn

    Dang! Now we have ammo segregation? I guess it wasn’t enough that we knew those calibers were predominantly revolver calibers. Now we have to label them? I thought labels were non PC. How dare you assume their prefered firearm. 😀

  • tiger

    .38 S&W? Folks still rocking S&W Victory models & Enfield No2’s into a fight?

  • Nick

    No LSWC/LSWCHP’s in .38 special? Oh well, I guess I’ll continue loading my own for a fraction of the price.

  • Madcap_Magician

    So they relabeled their old revolver caliber practice ammo and put it into new boxes so you know that it’s suitable for use in revolvers?

    Now we know! And knowing is half the battle! Thanks Big Green!

    Really the only change appears to be the .32 caliber choices, which may not even be new as far as I know and which are clearly aimed at the CAS folks.

  • Rogertc1

    I never strayed away from revolvers. My
    preferred carry.Springfield Arms might be coming out with a revolver soon.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    Gimmicky marketing to take more money out of your pocket, for something already produced by others for less. Remington ammo has never been a bargain.

  • The Brigadier

    I wish Remington would make .357 rounds with 125 grain bullets and load them up to at least 1400 FPS. Not everything needs to be made to shoot in Ruger SP101s.