New Gold Dot Short Barrel Loads

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    The ultimate, hottest, firewall load I ever fired was from a SW .40 Gold Dot Blazer load. I even kept some for that 'special occasion.'

    The round was so hot that when it went off it scared me--I thought I'd find pieces of my pistol scattered all over the range!

    I haven't seen a box of these things in a few years. Are they still made?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Gomez
    Ammolab is going to retest some of the current production 135gr +P Gold Dot stuff shortly. It should confirm Roberts results. As I expected, it appears that Speer has redesigned the round to get a bit better penetration when compared with the orignal samples.

    The SafeStop ammo is very nice as well. That is what I'm carrying in my M642 at the moment.
    The Safestop 38 non +P is what I'm carrying now too. works well in any airweight 38 snubby
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    I use GDs in my G27, but they are the standard 180gr GDs. I may look into some of the SB loads for the 27. I may also check out some of the .38sp loads for my 642.

    I wonder how they would perform out of a 4" 13 or 64. I'd like to only carry one load for primary and secondary.
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    The .44 magnum SB GD looks promising as a self defense load. A 200 gr GD at 1075 mv.

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    Depends on who you believe--on stoppingpower.net, the round expanded very well out of a S&W 649.
    Keep the shotgun handy!!

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    I was hoping to see something in .380 ACP for the mouse gun. I'm using the traditional Gold Dots now, but I'll take all of the advantage I can get in that calibre.

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    I've tried the .38spcl +P 135gr gold dots and I wasn't that impressed. For one thing they do not shoot to POA for my gun (Taurus 651), and I found them to be rather weak. I do handload though, and my .38+Ps are on the top end of performance. I prefer to load a Speer 146gr semi-jacketed SWCHP, because it is a wadcutter (ala SafeStop), it is a lead hollowpoint, It shoots to POA, and it won't lead my barrel.

    None of this means much I suppose, but it is my $0.02.

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    None of this means much I suppose, but it is my $0.02.
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    I cant seem to find them anywhere around here.

    Im using Hydroshocks, I wish Federal still made Nycad's, I hear they were great for .38 j frames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregarat
    I cant seem to find them anywhere around here.

    Im using Hydroshocks, I wish Federal still made Nycad's, I hear they were great for .38 j frames.
    You can order them from www.midwayusa.com. BTW, It's Hydra-shok.

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    Hmmmmmm......Gonna try some of those GDs in the Defender 45 I have. THANKS for the good info!

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    Still havent found them locally but havent picked up my ultra carry yet so the hunt truly isnt on

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