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Winchester Recalls .38 Special, Limited To USA38SPVP

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An excessive powder charge in three lots of .38 Special ammunition has prompted Winchester to issue a recall. If you happen to have any 100 round boxes of Winchester 130-grain full metal jacket ammunition in your stash, please check to ensure that the lot number printed on the inside of the right flap do not match the ones detailed in the recall notice.

The lot is limited to Winchester part number USA38SPVP found in 100-round boxes, other part numbers are NOT affected by the recall. The affected lot numbers are KF21, KL30, and KM52, other lots are not affected by the recall. Again, these lot numbers are printed on the inside of the right side flap in black ink.


If you happen to have any of the recalled ammunition, do not shoot it! The overcharge can cause damage to the firearm that could cause serious injury to the shooter or bystanders.

Winchester asks that you reach out to them if you have some of the recalled ammunition by calling 844-653-8358, writing to Winchester at ATTN: USA38SPVP Recall, 600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024, or by visiting the Winchester website.

You can find the original recall notification on the Winchester website here.

More from Winchester:

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.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® 38 SPECIAL 130 GRAIN SYMBOL USA38SPVP WITH LOT NUMBERS KF21, KL30 or KM52. 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

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