Federal nyclad vs. Hornady critical defense 38 Special ammo?

Federal nyclad vs. Hornady critical defense 38 Special ammo?

This is a discussion on Federal nyclad vs. Hornady critical defense 38 Special ammo? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was wondering if anyone here knows which of these two 38 special loads in better for defense? I know shot placement is the key,but ...

Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Federal nyclad vs. Hornady critical defense 38 Special ammo?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array 1911luver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,111

    Federal nyclad vs. Hornady critical defense 38 Special ammo?

    I was wondering if anyone here knows which of these two 38 special loads in better for defense? I know shot placement is the key,but want the best performing standard pressure ammo I can get. Have there been any reliability issues with the critical defense loads? For those here who have tried the .38 special critical defense loads,what did you think of them?

    I've been wondering how the hornaday critical defense standard pressure ammo has done in tests? Likewise I'd like similar info on th federal nyclads rounds that were recently reintroduced. I ask as I'm awaiting delivery of my 1952 Colt cobra and need a good non +p load for carry for it,thanks for any help guys.
    Snub nose revolvers,the original concealed carry guns.


  2. #2
    VIP Member Array Superhouse 15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    3,055
    I have a few snubs that I carry non +p Nyclads in. I don't have a lot of experience with the .38 CD. I can see one advantage with the CD over the Nyclads, though. When carried around in Speed Strips, Tuff Strips, or speedloaders the Nylon on the Nyclads gets kind of beat up. The coating and the lead under it is pretty soft by design. The CD is obviously jacketed so it won't have that problem. Also, the hollow point on the Nyclad is pretty wide while the CD is pretty pointed in comparison. The CD should feed from speedloader (strip) to chamber pretty easy. Even though I prefer the Nyclads from experience, I do keep a jacketed load in the spares. Same with the +P versions. I carry several guns with the older 125gr +P Nyclad but the spares for it are all Gold Saber to take advantage of that round's tough construction and rounded shape.

  3. #3
    Member Array DZcarry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    144
    Over the weekend I took my Cobra out for a spin. I shot some of the Hornardy Critical defense ammo and it felt great to me. Seems to reduce the muzzle flip and shot fairly close to point of aim.

    I haven't tried the Nyclad, so I can't compare.

  4. #4
    Member Array anj4657's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    ...
    Posts
    46
    I have no experience with the nyclad, but have heard really good things. as far as the CD goes, they have some really good reviews for it online. I was very impressed and curious to try it myself next time i shoot out in the country somewhere. the expansion in every caliber I have seen has been really good. All things considered I decided to keep the CD non +P loads in my smith 642. I also keep the .40's in my G23. But I also read somewhere that they did not Meet the FBI standards. not enough penetration (they require 12 to 15 inches and I think CD was about 10 or 12 inches). But Leo's need rounds that will go through car doors. Im scared about over penetration, which is exactly why I use non +P loads to begin with. the red tip on the end of the bullets assist it through clothing so there isn't as much need for 12-15 inches. (in my opinion)

  5. #5
    VIP Member
    Array ctr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
    Posts
    2,568
    Nyclad is a tried and true load, been around for a long, long time. Personally, it is what I carry in my revolver.

  6. #6
    VIP Member
    Array nn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    7,123
    Probably does not matter much, critical defence has a little hotter ballistics values.

  7. #7
    New Member Array jestoffel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    1

    testing Hornady 110Gr 38 SP expansion

    Through water only the bullet expanded and went through 16 inches of water. Through denim the bullet did not expand and went through 33 inches of water. Check out my test results on this and other ammo at Bullet Expansion Through Denim test

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Your thoughts on the new federal nyclad .38 special ammo?
    By 1911luver in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: November 28th, 2011, 10:12 PM
  2. Fired a box of Hornady Critical Defense Ammo
    By Mardet65 in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: January 30th, 2010, 07:52 AM
  3. Hornady Critical Defense ammo
    By major99 in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: January 11th, 2010, 02:21 AM
  4. hornady critical defense ammo
    By crue2009 in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: June 6th, 2009, 09:20 PM
  5. Hornady Critical defense ammo
    By bps3040 in forum Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: February 4th, 2009, 09:53 AM

Search tags for this page

.38 special ammo review
,
38 special ammo reviews
,
38 special hornady critical defense review
,
federal nyclad
,
federal nyclad 38 special
,

hornady 38 special critical defense review

,
hornady critical defense .38 special
,

hornady critical defense .38 special review

,

hornady critical defense 38 special

,

hornady critical defense 38 special review

,
hornady critical defense review
,
hornady critical defense review 38 special
Click on a term to search for related topics.