9mm Magtech vs. DPX

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    9mm Magtech vs. DPX

    Something has been bugging me about these two rounds...
    Magtech First Defense
    CorBon DPX

    Magtech has had this style of rounds for several years now even before CorBon came out with the DPX round. The expansion results are are close to a mirror image of one another. Both are solid copper, simillar ft/sec, simillar muzzle velocity, both are reputable companies....

    Online and in gun stores around here the Magtech is about $20 a box and the DPX is about $40....
    Help me here...What is the real difference? Am I missing something? I bought 2 boxes of the Magtech today, shot it and I can't believe how good it spit out of my G19...Anyone use this for carry?

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    If you want to trust the finest South American craftsmanship with your life...

    Go ahead. Me...I'll take Swiss NATO spec ball ammo before I use anything MagTech for serious social interaction.

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    Speer Gold Dots 124gn +P ; ) EXCELLENT
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    Quote Originally Posted by hogdaddy View Post
    Speer Gold Dots 124gn +P ; ) EXCELLENT
    H/D
    Hogdaddy,
    I carry Speer, Winchester, Hornady, CorBon...My G19 eats 'em all! I just can't bring myself to buy the DPX...(My girlfriend did buy me the .380 DPX as a stocking stuffer last year)...I just can't see spending $40/box for 20 rounds...
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    These were fired into 25 Lb Blocks of Modeling Clay.

    Bullet Type: SCHP All Copper Bullet
    Caliber: .38 Special +P
    Bullet Wt.: 95 Gr.
    Mfg by: Mag Tech
    Model of Gun: S&W 586
    Bbl Length: 4”
    Class: Service Revolver
    Wound channel by volume of water: 1420 Ml


    Bullet Type: DPX Barnes Copper Bullet
    Caliber: .357 Magnum
    Bullet Wt.: 125 Gr.
    Mfg by: Cor Bon / Dakota Ammo
    Model of Gun: S&W 586
    Bbl Length: 4”
    Class: Service Revolver
    Wound channel by volume of water: 1550 Ml

    Bullet Type: DPX Barnes Copper Bullet
    Caliber: .357 Magnum
    Bullet Wt.: 125 Gr.
    Mfg by: Cor Bon / Dakota Ammo
    Model of Gun: S&W 340
    Bbl Length: 1.875”
    Class: Undercover / Back Up Revolver
    Wound channel by volume of water: 1360 Ml

    Commentary: This load exhibited clearly superior performance in the Undercover / Back Up Revolver comparisons.

    Bullet Type: DPX Barnes Copper Bullet
    Caliber: .357 Magnum
    Bullet Wt.: 125 Gr.
    Mfg by: Cor Bon / Dakota Ammo
    Model of Gun: Ruger Blackhawk
    Bbl Length: 6.5”
    Class: Medium Game Hunting Revolver
    Wound channel by volume of water: EXCEEDED LIMITS OF test.
    SPLIT CLAY BLOCK.

    These rounds were fired into BallistictestTube.

    Bullet Type: DPX Barnes Copper Bullet
    Caliber: .357 Magnum
    Bullet Wt.: 125 Gr.
    Mfg by: Cor Bon / Dakota Ammo
    Model of Gun: S&W 586
    Bbl Length: 4”
    Class: Service Revolver
    Actual depth of BTT Penetration: 8.25”
    Penetration converted to Ballistic Gel: 11”



    Bullet Type: DPX Barnes Copper Bullet
    Caliber: .357 Magnum
    Bullet Wt.: 125 Gr.
    Mfg by: Cor Bon / Dakota Ammo
    Model of Gun: S&W 340
    Bbl Length: 1.875”
    Class: Undercover / Back Up Revolver
    Actual depth of BTT Penetration: 9”
    Penetration converted to Ballistic Gel: 12”

    Commentary: This load exhibited clearly superior performance in the Undercover / Back Up Revolver comparisons.

    I saw no real difference between MagTech and DPX other than MagTech has a slightly thicker nose cone. BARNES X COPPER BULLETS WORK!

    BTW I think the 9mm's would logically perform somewhere between the 38 and 357.

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    RebelRabbi...

    Thank you for you excellent post and info...That is what I was more or less looking for! I plan on doing some Magtech tests this weekend if time allows...I will post my results...
    Thanks again...
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    RebelRabbi...

    Thank you for you excellent post and info...That is what I was more or less looking for! I plan on doing some Magtech tests this weekend if time allows...I will post my results...
    Thanks again...
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    Right now, I have my Glock 19 loaded with Magtech Guardian Gold....I tested a box of them about 6 months ago, and with the basic wet phone book and water jug tests they seemed to work pretty darn good, for a less expensive brand of JHP. I prefer other brands, but that was what was available on the shelf at Cabelas at the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchellCT View Post
    If you want to trust the finest South American craftsmanship with your life...

    Go ahead. Me...I'll take Swiss NATO spec ball ammo before I use anything MagTech for serious social interaction.
    I agree with the counselor on this one.
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    This is the article that turned me off of magtec for defense ammo:

    The Box O' Truth #26 - Little Guns vs. The Box O' Truth - Page 1

    On the second page of it he shows that one magtec round was a crap round and just bounced off the target. I dont know if it was maybe that "one in a million round" that has an issue but ive seen better track records with other ammo. I still use their ball ammo for target though. Its cheap and works decent so why not?

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    I dunno about Magtech, but Corbon DPX has one BIG + for it - consistency. In all ballistics tests: ALL rounds expanded 100% with virtually no weight loss.

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    Sure!

    Quote Originally Posted by sfl1972 View Post
    RebelRabbi...

    Thank you for you excellent post and info...That is what I was more or less looking for! I plan on doing some Magtech tests this weekend if time allows...I will post my results...
    Thanks again...
    You are welcome!

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    I can think of better ways to waste money than to buy all these hyped up handgun loads.. I promise you that the win ranger 127 +P+ or Speer Gold
    Dot 124 +P will work every bit as well for half the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavnamvet View Post
    I can think of better ways to waste money than to buy all these hyped up handgun loads.. I promise you that the win ranger 127 +P+ or Speer Gold
    Dot 124 +P will work every bit as well for half the cost.
    Used to be that Federal HST was cheaper than both ($20/50) but they've dried up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavnamvet View Post
    I can think of better ways to waste money than to buy all these hyped up handgun loads.. I promise you that the win ranger 127 +P+ or Speer Gold
    Dot 124 +P will work every bit as well for half the cost.

    Sure they will-----MAYBE ! That "maybe" is why I choose to buy, and carry, the very best there is to protect my life and the lives of those I love.

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