The good old wadcutter

The good old wadcutter

This is a discussion on The good old wadcutter within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Erich's post on his new snub got to me to thinking on this - as he mentioned 148 Rainier WC handloads. I have never really ...

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    The good old wadcutter

    Erich's post on his new snub got to me to thinking on this - as he mentioned 148 Rainier WC handloads.

    I have never really put this to the test but I seem to recall that good old fashioned LWC's were highly effective ''bruisers''. More so maybe if loaded reversed, such that a hollow base was actually the leading surface.

    Any thoughts? I know we tend to stay with factory loads but - can anyone remember any historic data for WC's. I doubt they are too ''BG friendly"
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    Had a Cop tell me once the best round and most imprssive damage ive ever seen was from a 158 Hollow base wad cutter reversed 2 from a 38 snub was more than enough ..


    Ya know ive never loaded a wadcutter but been thinking on it just for target and maybe the HBWC for use in my 2 inch snub

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    Biggest downside Bud IMO is - they make for absolute crap speedloads!! Even with my Safariland Comp I or Comp II. Nothing really to guide them in.

    Back in my old days of compo shooting I loaded WC's proud - meaning not crimped over top - had about 1/8" showing - still tho a total PITA for a speedload.

    Maybe tho a coupla well placed shots would avoid the speedload anyways!
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    ya buy that 8 shot smith and should have to reload rember avg shots fired is only like 6.5

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    http://www.safestop.net/bullets.html

    Fuzzy makes the best WC type rounds for the 38spl IMO.

    I have found the HBWC loaded backwards to be unreliable proformer,they have limited penetration they tend to keyhole/tumble,etc...BAD carry LOAD IMO!

    I think the old scorpion hydrashock HBWC type design was OK but it still had problems also.

    I always liked the old WC type design of the omnishock( spinning blades of death)
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    I have found the HBWC loaded backwards to be unreliable proformer,they have limited penetration they tend to keyhole/tumble,etc...BAD carry LOAD IMO!
    I agree. The backwards WC is an interesting concept, but since it wasn't originally designed to be used that way, it just doesn't work.

    Here's a previous thread on this topic:

    http://www.combatcarry.com/vbulletin...ead.php?t=2852


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    Thx for link Crunch - had quite forgotten that.

    BTW - other day watched an interesting thing on History Channel - the ''real'' Captain Crunch - the ex CIA guy who had to find out who bombed the Embassy in Beirut - quite an operator it seems he was, tho after the event they screwed him royally.
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    BTW - other day watched an interesting thing on History Channel - the ''real'' Captain Crunch - the ex CIA guy who had to find out who bombed the Embassy in Beirut - quite an operator it seems he was, tho after the event they screwed him royally.
    Saw that a few days ago. That reminds me, I should carry a BIGGER A.S.P.! Is that the special where someone mentioned that C.I.A really stands for Cover.Your.A$$.

    I have 100 rds of Chicago load ammo, wish I could use these bad boys at work. Ive read that they don't get the best performance out of a snubby.

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    BTW - other day watched an interesting thing on History Channel - the ''real'' Captain Crunch - the ex CIA guy who had to find out who bombed the Embassy in Beirut - quite an operator it seems he was, tho after the event they screwed him royally.
    Wasn't there, didn't do it.


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    Oh yeah Classified, I understand.

    Sure,... That’s what they told you to say .

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    I still cary th 148 gr HBWC reversed in my S&W 60. I load it up with 8.5 Gr of PB powder, and put a good crimp on the casing They shoot really well, and lave a nice clean round hole in the target. If they tumble, well then more leakage for the BG in my eyes.
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    I'll stick with the old FBI load.
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    IMO Tumbling to the target is bad.

    The old hydra HBW was an interesting design but was not that great.

    The omnishock wadcutter design was a killer round,it was a cutting,expanding wadcutterdesign.

    I will stick with the 135gr gold dot,FBI Load,or Fuzzys cup faced wadcutters.
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    Im qualified on a .38 special and am seriously considering the semi-wadcutter in 158 grain from Magtech. I've shot some of their other stuff and they are in the "buy again" category, along with Winchester and Blazer.

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