Factory .38 Super Comp from Eley for USPSA and IPSC Competition

    The ELEY Team from the United Kingdom has a brand new centerfire ammunition offering. The caliber is .38 Super Comp with a 124 gr. bullet weight.

    I use .38 Super in my Open pistol (Tanfoglio Gold Custom), but most of the factory ammunition available is .38 Super Auto which doesn’t work so well in mine as it’s made for Super Comp. The rim is different. Therefore I’m sure the ELEY addition is welcome by a few more shooters than myself.

    There are separate loads for USPSA and IPSC, to reach either a power factor of 170 or 165. That alone sounds like someone thought this one thru before starting to sell it, as some of the other factory rounds I’ve tried have given me too high power factors (more recoil).

    Below you can read the product announcement from Eley:


    Superior safety. Absolute accuracy and controllable recoil.

    That’s what you’ll get with ELEY’s brand new ELEY Action .38 super comp major round.

    Designed and developed by the world’s most respected sporting ammunition manufacturer, the new competition round promises to be a sure-fire hit amongst practical shooters

    Eley 38 super comp


     ELEY have called on 190 years of ammunition quality control expertise to assemble the best components with a specific propellant to provide a safe and effective competition round for Open Division Competitors.

    With ELEY Action .38 Super Comp Major, IPSC and USPSA competing athletes can rest assured they have the safest .38 Super Comp Major round on the market.

    The round delivers reduced recoil for improved sight picture recovery, and its ‘rimless’ case loaded with a Round Nose copper metal jacketed 124grn bullet offers reliable magazine stacking and feeding

    The reference firearm has been the STI DVC Open 2011 competition handgun, designed and manufactured for use with Major Power Factor ammunition.

    ELEY USPSA load has been designed to achieve a power factor of 170 and the ELEY IPSC load to achieve a power factor of 165. Results may vary in individual firearms.


    Bullet Weight:

    • 124gr
     Key Features:
    • Round-Nose
    • Rimless
    • Copper Metal Jacket
    • Will achieve IPSC major power factor of 160 in a 5″ barrel. (Approx 1291ft/sec)
     Used by:
    • Open Division Competitors

    Details on the new .38 Super Comp Eley can be found here.

    Personally, I’d love to try this one, although I use a home-made 159 gr heavy bullet which I think gives a less snappy recoil.

    What do you think? Is the Eley .38 Super Comp something you would consider trying?


    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.