.38/.357 148gr Double-Ended Wad-Cutter
.38/.357 148gr Double-Ended Wad-Cutter
.38/.357 148gr Double-Ended Wad-Cutter
.38/.357 148gr Double-Ended Wad-Cutter

.38/.357 148gr Double-Ended Wad-Cutter

SKU: 68188


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What is a Wadcutter Bullet?

A wadcutter bullet is a handgun bullet with a completely flat face. In loaded ammunition, for example, a .38 Special Wadcutter will have the bullet flush with the case mouth. This special ammo was originally designed for target shooting. The flat face of the bullet makes a much cleaner hole when passing through a paper target when compared to a bullet with a conical face, like a full metal jacket. This is a big deal in competitive shooting, where accuracy is key.

What is a Double-Ended Wadcutter?

A double-ended wadcutter (DEWC) bullet is a specific type of wadcutter with a cylindrical shape and flat ends on both sides. Unlike semi wadcutters, full wadcutters, or hollow base wadcutters, the double-ended design is symmetrical, which means it can be loaded in either direction. This design is particularly favored in target shooting and competitive scenarios for several reasons.

These bullets are particularly popular in semi-auto revolvers, such as the S&W Model or Ruger LCR, but can also be used effectively in some semi-auto firearms designed or adapted for wadcutter ammo.

Double-Ended 38 Special Wadcutter: Design & Use Cases

The symmetrical design of the double-ended wadcutter is not just for ease of loading; it also ensures consistent behavior and performance, as the bullet's profile does not change regardless of how it is loaded. This consistency is crucial for competitive target shooters who demand precision and reliability from their special wadcutter loads.

In terms of applications, while we generally recommend wadcutters be used as target ammo, the 38 Special wadcutter, including this double-ended version, can be used for self-defense due to its low recoil, higher velocity potential with certain powder charges, and the sharp, clean wound channels it creates. The flat front (or flat nose), however, does typically mean they travel at lower velocities compared to round nose or hollow point bullets. This lower velocity can be an advantage for shooters looking for a round that is easier to control with the tradeoff being reduced penetration. However, we do not recommend the use of this bullet for hunting unless you are exclusively going after small game.

.38 Special Wadcutter Bullets from Berry's

When we claim that Berry's Superior Plated Bullets® are the finest bonded copper-jacketed bullets available today, we know our product backs up those claims. Our bullets start with a swaged lead core, are electroplated with copper to their final weight, and are then re-stuck to precise specifications to ensure a solid bond and consistency across every bullet. No lead is left exposed. 

Our wadcutter bullets are loved by shooters everywhere. Indoor range safe and incredibly accurate, take your shooting performance to the next level.


Bullet O.A.L.: .544"

Cartridge Name: .38 Spl
Cartridge O.A.L.: 1.231"
Max Velocity: 1250 fps

Cartridge Name: .357 Mag
Cartridge O.A.L.: 1.580"
Max Velocity: 1250 fps

  • Load data for our Superior Plated Bullets® can be found in any manual or on any powder manufacturer’s website.
  • Cast or jacketed data with the same grain weight and profile will work with our bullets.
  • You can use a taper or a roll crimp.
  • Don’t over crimp the brass after seating. This causes bullet core separation, leading to increased copper fouling and accuracy issues.
  • Don’t exceed the recommended maximum velocities listed. This creates bullet core separation and accuracy issues.