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A Word of Caution about Hornady’s Critical Defense Handgun Ammunition - by Shawn Do

This is a discussion on A Word of Caution about Hornady’s Critical Defense Handgun Ammunition - by Shawn Do within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by taseal no lol. it's not so that it melts. they fill the tip with a polymer that upon impact gets pushed, and ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by taseal View Post
    no lol. it's not so that it melts.

    they fill the tip with a polymer that upon impact gets pushed, and it has to replace that mass, so it pushes the petals out.

    imagine a baloon, squeeze both ends. what happens to the balloon? it goes to the path of least resistance.

    so instead of the hole filling up with body tissue (where it would expand the petals since it has to go somewhere) some bullet makers fill that hole with a rubber tip, so when it makes contact and gets pushed, it goes and pushes out the petals.
    And you are correct, I assumed that there would be some melting but evidently the bullet does not hit a high enough temp to liquefy the polymer. in doing a little research I found that some bullets require a plastic tip to aid in feeding as not to get jammed into the ramp like the (soup bowl) designs of extreme shock bullets and as hunting rounds go the plastic tip bullets can be used in tubular feed guns so when fired they don't cause a chain reaction from the recoil


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    I used to be a fan of the CD until I looked at some photos of not half expanded bullets, but bullets that were only expanded on one side.
    Have no idea what they went through to get that way but I'll stick with my Gold Dots or the TAC-XPs.

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