WINCHESTER 38 Special 130 Grain Full Metal Jacket : Product Warning & Recall Notice

WINCHESTER 38 Special Product Warning & Recall Notice
WINCHESTER 38 Special Product Warning & Recall Notice

USA – -( Olin Winchester, LLC (“Winchester”) is recalling three (3) lots of 38 Special 130 Grain Full Metal Jacket centerfire ammunition.

  • Symbol: USA38SPVP
  • Lot Numbers: KF21, KL30 and KM52

Winchester has determined the above lots of 38 Special ammunition may contain incorrect powder charges. Ammunition with excessive powder charges may cause firearm damage, rendering it inoperable, and subjecting the shooter and bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury or death.


The ammunition Lot Number is ink stamped inside the right tuck flap of the 100-round carton as indicated here. The symbol is printed above the UPC bar code.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol and Lot Number. If it is Symbol USA38SPVP with Lot Number KF21, KL30 or KM52, immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 844-653-8358 for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol USA38SPVP with Lot Numbers KF21, KL30 and KM52. Other Symbol or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 38 Special centerfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 844-653-8358, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: USA38SPVP Recall), or visit our website at

We apologize for this inconvenience.


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Jim Glunt

Winchester does the right thing and recalls a small amount of ammo that MAY be overloaded and still people complain. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

Bill B.

Any idea of about when these lots were produced ???


I’ve had issues with there large caliber ammunition fail and not fire, when the moment counts, while out hunting mule deer with my 300 win mag. There ammo groups well when I can count on it to fire. I have now started to use all federal ammunition and have never had a miss fire issue. In the past I used to bye bricks of 100 shot shells for clay pigeon sport shooting and had 28 out off 100 not even fire. That’s pretty disappointing coming from a world class name like Winchester!

willy d

I had several boxes of Wolf Ammo put rounds 1/2 way into the Barrel a few years ago, thank god I wasn’t rapid firing, got in touch with them,they sent me a part price of what I spent for it originally, needless to say no more Wolf in my ammo supply, or Tulula, same problem , but only bought a test box !!!!!!! I also bought Winchester 22 L/R jacket ammo that bullet were loose in brass, I shot up what was tight the rest I disposed of, I’m very selective about buying Winchester ammo now also !


willy d says: Wolf or Tula? What caliber were you shooting?

Michael J

Sorry for the inconvenience? Improperly manufactured ammunition could injure or kill someone. What exactly is the
defect? Are we talking +P, magnum or blow up your gun over charges? A little more clarity is in order please.


So this is Ruger only ammo?


I bought a couple of boxes of Winchester .22 Long Rifle ammo last year and it wouldn’t group and I actually had a bullet stick in the barrel of a 4-inch revolver! It reminded me of Federal ammo 50-60 years ago when it was a joke. Thank goodness Federal learned and now make excellent ammo. Perhaps Winchester needs to consult with Federal to find out what they need to do right.


So they say “free ups pickup” but mention nothing on replacement or reimbursement for said ammunition purchase I’ll just open amd reload my own rounds to verify..

Don Obrien

I’ll offer free pick up too. 🙂 then I’ll do the same thing. Pull the slug and reload them.


Winchester has exhibited real QC issues with their handgun ammo in recent years, including but not limited to, T-Series ammo in various calibers not opening up as it should because machinery that scored the bullets to facilitate expansion was worn and did not perform properly. Over-penetration with no expansion resulted. Winchester has some great products but they seriously need to get a grip on their QC.


extra hot ammo, grab it while its available