Remington .38 Special Ammo Recall

Remington .38 Special ammo recall

If you have any Remington UMC “Green Box” ammo, you might want to pull it out and check it.  Remington has issued a recall on .38 Special +P 125 grain SJHP with the lot number of P24UA18R.

The problem?  It seems some .357 Magnum ammunition made its way into these boxes.

Shooting a .357 Magnum in a .38 Special handgun is a recipe for disaster.  The good news is .357 Magnum ammunition will not properly chamber in properly made .38 Special revolvers.  Although they share bullets of the same diameter, the Magnum round is slightly longer, which will prevent a .38 Special cylinder from closing and rotating.

If the recall was for ammo loaded to Magnum pressures, but in .38 Special cases, I would be very worried.  Those could very easily blow up a gun, causing injury to anyone nearby.

From Remington:

Remington has determined that one specific lot code of the 100 round box of 38 SPECIAL+P 125 GRAIN SEMI-JACKETED HOLLOW POINT (L38S2B) ammunition, may contain 357 Magnum ammunition. This packaging mix is specific to lot number: P24UA18R only. DO NOT USE. Usage of 357 Magnum ammunition in 38 Special firearms could result in firearm damage and personal injury.


Remington/UMC 38 Special +P 125 Gr. semi-jacketed hollow point Ammunition with Lot Number: P24UA18R

To identify if you have one of these Lots of ammunition:

  • If you have a case of 38 Special +P 125 Gr. Semi-Jacketed Ammunition the Lot Number is stenciled on the outside of the case; and,
  • If you have a box of 38 Special +P 125 Gr. Semi-Jacketed Ammunition the Lot Number is stamped on the inside flap of the box.

If you have any of this Remington/UMC 38 Special +P 125 Gr. Semi-Jacketed Ammunition, as identified above, immediately discontinue use of this ammunition and contact Remington at the below telephone number.  Remington will arrange for the return shipment of your ammunition and upon receipt will send you replacement ammunition at no cost to you. 

For any consumer questions or instructions on how to return of your Remington/UMC 38 Special +P 125 Gr. Semi-Jacketed Ammunition with Lot Number P24UA18R, please contact the Remington Consumer Service Department at: 1-800-243-9700, Prompt #4.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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  1. But would it be ok to use the said ammo in a .357 revolver? Or for .38 spl revolvers rated for +p ammo?


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