Thoughts on the PowRball 135gr .40S&W

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    Thoughts on the PowRball 135gr .40S&W

    I shot a magazine of CorBon 135gr PowRball 40S&W from my CW40 covert today and found it to be both accurate and easy on the recoil. The ballistics for this round seem to compare favorably with popular 357 sig loads and they feed "like butta". Any thoughts for or against this particular round?

    PowRball 40S&W 135gr 1325fps 527ft-lbs

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    good destructive round, but light on penetration.... so you need to treat it as such... it would work fine on frontal chest shots of normal sized people

    but bad choice if the target was say 400 pounds or taking a cross shot threw the arm then into the torso

    dont think i would load a entire mag with it, maybe the first 2 shots or so, or if for use in a house to cut down on over penetration


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    My thoughts.....you should carry Speer GDHPs in that CW40
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    Quote Originally Posted by RING
    good destructive round, but light on penetration.... so you need to treat it as such... it would work fine on frontal chest shots of normal sized people

    but bad choice if the target was say 400 pounds or taking a cross shot threw the arm then into the torso

    dont think i would load a entire mag with it, maybe the first 2 shots or so, or if for use in a house to cut down on over penetration
    Well that sucks, fragmentation was pretty bad in their test.

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    My thoughts.....you should carry Speer GDHPs in that CW40
    I like them for my G23 and have shot them in the CW40 before with perfect reliability. However, when I hand cycle Gold Dots in it I can feel them feeding rough. When I shoot them I can really feel the gun cycling as well. With it's narrow feed ramp, the gun really likes the smaller HP on the XTPs. They feed perfectly smooth and the PowRball rounds obviously feed great with the polymer ball.

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    There are many types of self defense ammo out there and most of it is good if from a major manufacturer. I've had experience with the Pow R Ball, but I put Federal EFMJ 200 gr +P in my .45's and in my .40's I carry Hornady's new Critical Defense ammo. The Pow R Ball didn't feed reliably in the gun I tried it in. The soft rubber ball got bound up in the magazine body and caused a log jam.

    I prefer the controlled expansion ammo, but the Pow R Ball just didn't work for me.

    Having said all of that, never rely on any pistol bullet to stop anyone. They sometimes behave oddly when penetrating human bodies.
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    Powerball is light on penetration. Try Corbon's DPX.

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    Corbon's DPX are my top load.... that and GD's

    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&s...s+DPX+.40+test


    my 40 GD i retrieved after shooting a groundhog






    the DPX same target




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    FYI, the 40 PowRball penetrates 12-13" in soft tissue. FBI says 12-18" is preferred, so we are right in there.

    The AAR's we've received on it are very good.

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    While I can see where the corbon may be light on penetration with a 70gr 9x18 or a 100gr 9mm I can't see a 135gr 40 penetrating less than a 147gr 357sig round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCorbon View Post
    FYI, the 40 PowRball penetrates 12-13" in soft tissue. FBI says 12-18" is preferred, so we are right in there.

    The AAR's we've received on it are very good.

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    So has something changed since these tests were conducted, where the same loading failed to penetrate over 10 inches?

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    Personally, although I did buy a box to try them out, I feel the neoprene ball does not create enough expansion in the lower velocity smaller caliber handgun cartridges..... .380, 38 Spec. I also have seen where the ball rolls or leaves the bullet cavity upon inpact and the beginning of expansion causing separation and not good expansion once again. Maybe in the higher velocity cartridges, but this whole idea reminds me of the Ole' Time... screw in the bullet...or Dum Dum, sometimes they just don't fullfill your expectations.

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    135 grain has been my round of choice for years. At 1300+ fps in a 40 S&W round gives you 9mm speed with a bigger round. Winchester also makes a very good 135 round.
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