I prefer the cor-bon DPX
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I carry either the Golt Dot +p 135gr hp-SB 23921 or Remington 158gr +p lswchp R38S12 or Winchester SuperX +p 158gr. LSWC-HP X38SPD.
In lieu of that, whatever is on sale at Wally World.
When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.
I have a 642 Crimson Trace and will be testing as many defense rounds as I can get my hands on with my new Pro-Chrono Digital in the coming days. I'm really looking forward to seeing actual performance from a sub-two inch bbl, since most of the factory ballistics are from a four inch bbl. I found very interesting results with six different loads on my PPK/S .380 today, which I posted in another thread. In short (pun intended) don't count on anywhere near "factory" numbers from a snubbie or otherwise shortened bbl.
Should be interesting.
Winchester 110 Grain Silvertip HP in a snubby. Lighter load, lots of power and expansion. Kinda pricey, but I ;like the lighter loads in a snubby. I'm just not sold on the +P for snubbies.....
Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.
For practice, use the 130 ball from Wally World. It's not very harsh and the point of impact isn't too far off from carry ammo.
I chronoed some ammo through my 640 2 inch. Five shots per load.
Speer 135 GDHP (their 2 inch snubby load)
858 Avg velocity - Speer's literature says this bullet fully expands at 860 fps.
115,830 Power Factor
8.33 Std Dev
Rem 125 SJHP +P R38S2
878 Avg velocity
109,750 Power Factor
8.73 Std Dev
Win 125 JHP +P
838 Avg velocity
104,750 Power Factor
21.11 Std Dev
GA Arms 125 JHP +P
829 Avg velocity
103,625 Power Factor
7.55 Std Dev
125 Zero JHP 4.4gr Titegroup (my IDPA load with a 125 JHP instead of 158 plated RN)
887 Avg velocity
110,875 Power Factor
(Hotter than I realized)
38.97 Std Dev
For those who like wadcutters as fodder for snubs on the theory that wadcutters don't have to expand to cut a nice hole:
Master 148 LWC (Bianchi Load for Bill Rogers - not commercially available)
746 Avg velocity
110,408 Power Factor
19.94 Std Dev
Win 148 LWC Match
639 Avg velocity - I have pellet guns that shoot faster than this.
94,572 Power Factor - makes it through a cardboard target, but I wouldn't count on much else.
9.58 Std Dev
And the Winner is:
Rem 158 LHP +P R38S12
804 Avg velocity
127,032 Power Factor
30.47 Std Dev
My partner in Chicago shot 5 guys with LHP +P from his Model 60 snub and they were all suitably impressed.
I am carrying the Speer Gold Dot because it shoots to Point of Aim best, but if I had to go with the Rem LHP it wouldn't bother me either.
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