Hornady 125gr XTP?

Hornady 125gr XTP?

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    Hornady 125gr XTP?

    I went to a gunshop that I normally do not frequent because of the distance but happen to stop in since I was in town for other reasons. Anyway, I asked the sales clerk for a box of defensive .357 Magnum rounds and he sells me a box of Hornady 125gr XTP. Isn't the XTP line of Hornady considered their hunting line?

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    Isn't the XTP line of Hornady considered their hunting line?
    IMO yes it has that label often. I would not use this design of bullet in lower velocity rounds such as 9mm std pressure for example .. but do think that when you get up to fps levels around 1400, 1500 etc then they are probably quite useful.

    So - for a .357 I reckon they could be Ok, altho perhaps a bullet design more like the speer GD would better and open up more easily - the XTP does seem to require a lot of ''oomph'' to deform adequately.

    Better yet these days is perhaps the EJMF type bullet. JMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    IMO yes it has that label often. I would not use this design of bullet in lower velocity rounds such as 9mm std pressure for example .. but do think that when you get up to fps levels around 1400, 1500 etc then they are probably quite useful.

    So - for a .357 I reckon they could be Ok, altho perhaps a bullet design more like the speer GD would better and open up more easily - the XTP does seem to require a lot of ''oomph'' to deform adequately.

    Better yet these days is perhaps the EJMF type bullet. JMHO.

    Since I carry the SP101 2.25" I reckon I should look for some GD's, Federals or Winchesters...

    Thanks P95Carry.

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    I suggest www.streichers.com they usually have a good selection in stock and at competitive prices. Gun stores generally carry whats convenient for them. I recommend Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel - either in .357 or .38+P

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    I use XTP in 9mm when its the least costly one in the store when I'm buying.

    It goes bang, it feeds the next round and hits the target to make a hole.

    It is what it is: Handgun Ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchellCT View Post
    I use XTP in 9mm when its the least costly one in the store when I'm buying.

    It goes bang, it feeds the next round and hits the target to make a hole.


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    The boxes of XTP that I own have small spec sheets in them stating that they will expand from 800+ Fps to 1400 Fps.

    When they first came out, that was one of the major selling points. The only thing Ive ever killed with an XTP was a coyote and a squirrle and each bullet blew a nice big exit hole though each one.
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    Is the Hornady .357 125 gr XTP too hot of a load for a 2.5 inch snubby LCR or Protector Poly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stlrammer View Post
    Is the Hornady .357 125 gr XTP too hot of a load for a 2.5 inch snubby LCR or Protector Poly?
    The .357 XTP loads are the same as any full house magnum load. Any .357 revolver of good manufacture should be able to handle the loads just fine. In the light polymer revolvers your hands will let you know when you've shot enough.

    Edit: By the way, I applaud you for going through and reading old threads for information. There is a goldmine of information available in these old threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    The boxes of XTP that I own have small spec sheets in them stating that they will expand from 800+ Fps to 1400 Fps.

    When they first came out, that was one of the major selling points. The only thing Ive ever killed with an XTP was a coyote and a squirrle and each bullet blew a nice big exit hole though each one.
    There are two different designs of the XTP for the .357/38sp. One is an HP (hollow point) and the other is a FP (flat point). I have both in my reloading inventory. The HP lists reliable expansion from 800 to 1400fps. The FP only says reliable expansion over a "wide range" of velocities.

    I've used both on deer from a 4 5/8" Ruger Blackhawk with good results from inside 50yds. The FP held together going through the shoulder and into the vitals for clean one shot drop. The HP broke apart going through the ribs and needed a second shot to finish the job.

    With that experience, I would trust the XTP-HP for SD, but the FP is too much like a FMJ to suit me for SD.

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    I carry .38 cal 125 gr XTP's with full confidence.
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