We were doing some wet newspaper testing in the shop range the other day and somebody pulled a box of this off of the shelf. Its a big round ball surrounded by a couple buckshot pellets for those that don't know. Our typical set up is a 5 gallon paint bucket stuffed with newspaper. We soak it till it gets fully saturated and shoot into it. One bucket will stop almost anything handgun and for stuff that might go too deep, we stack a second bucket.
It was a good thing we stacked a second bucket. At about 15 feet the buckshot was all over the place but the ball hit dead center, blew through the bucket, blew through the second bucket, exited the bottom and struck a piece of wood. holding the bucket and rolled down range. It was completely undamaged and is now in the center of a monkey fist "keychain" I made out of 550 paracord. This thing penetrated more than the Federal Tru Ball slugs I usually carry, morr than Brenneke, more than a heavy .44mag Gold Dot, more than any FMJ rifle round I can remember trying. If I were to use this in my house, I figure even with a solid hit it would end up in the trunk of my neighbors car, in his garage, on the other side of his house, after passing longways through a tree or two...
I am not a real fan of mixed loads, either mixing rounds of different types in a magazine or cylinder, or mixing buck and slug in the same shell. The only buck I found had deformed plenty, but obviously from hitting the floor first. I don't see the point in this
Yes, I know newsprint isn't scientific but hey, shooting other peoples ammo is always fun. I learned quite a few things from shooting that day (the old and much maligned Hydra Shok was the most consistant performer in 9and .45 from carbines and pistols for one). I was testing loads for my new CCW Hi Power and I believe I'll stick with a 115gr Gold Dot, and I think my slugs will remain Federal. The Gold Dot because I just have more of t in stock and it expanded fine, the slug because it's accurate and penetrates a sensible amount. I might change the Gold Dots out later, but I don't plan on using the Centurion for any SD or HD uses anytime soon.
Your thoughts are welcome.