The proof is in the puddin'
I just can not accept some things unless I see it or do it myself.
Yesterday I spent some time with a buddy out shooting, and I wanted to do some impromptu ballistic tests on my SD loads.
Federal HST 180gr. and Hydra-Shock 180gr.
Target media, 1 gallon jugs of Artesian water.
Range 15 ft.
Federal HST penetrated 2 jugs and stopped in the third.
Federal Hydra-Shock first shot went through all three jugs, and the plywood backstop...not located.
Second shot went through three jugs, (started veering off) glanced off the fourth and glanced off the plywood, no located for 30 minutes 20' away
Third shot through 3 jugs, bounced off the fourth and back into the third jug (there was clearly an exit hole and an indentation in the fourth jug)
I was concerned about over penetration with the 180gr, and the effectiveness of a 15 year old design. I now have my new SD load until something better comes along.