I am looking for self defense ammo and I found this. Since it is for a snub nose 38 special I figured it might be a good choice. Problem is I then found this information on testing with it in ballistic gel.
Speer 135 grain Gold Dot Short Barrel
Looking at the photo the bullets appear to be tumbling and not traveling in a straight line, one even appears to be "backwards"Cartridge : Speer 135gr Short Barrel Gold Dot (Load # 23921)
Firearm : .38 Special revolver with 1 7/8" barrel length
Calibration : All depths corrected (From 9.5cm @ 578 ft/sec impact velocity)
Shot 1 : Penetrated to 9.4" and expanded to 0.601"
Shot 2 : Penetrated to 10.2" and expanded to 0.605"
Shot 3 : Penetrated to 10.2" and expanded to 0.593"
Shot 4 : Penetrated to 10.0" and expanded to 0.597"
Shot 5 : Exited the side of the block at 10.0" and was not recovered.
One bullet out of five followed a straight path through the gelatin - all others curved and deviated significantly from their initial path in the block
The data on Brass Fetcher for the standard speer 135 Grain gold dot is:
.Firearm : .38 Special revolver with 1 7/8" barrel length
Calibration : All depths corrected (From 9.2cm @ 556 ft/sec)
Shot 1 - 125gr +P Speer Gold Dot. Bullet penetrated to 9.5" and expanded to 0.511" average diameter
But it appears to have traveled straight.
They also show this which seems to be a better choice.
Any comments?Special thanks to Buffalo Bore Ammunition for sponsoring this test.
Cartridge : Buffalo Bore 125gr non +P Speer Low Velocity JHC (Part # 20E)
Firearm : Smith and Wesson 642 with 1 7/8" barrel length
Block calibration : All depths corrected (From 10.8cm @ 615 ft/sec)
Shot 1 - Impacted at 937 ft/sec, penetrated to 12.5" and expanded to 0.528" average diameter. Recovered at 124.1gr weight.
Shot 2 - Impacted at 928 ft/sec, penetrated to 12.2" and expanded to 0.512" average diameter. Recovered at 124.2gr weight.
Shot 3 - Impacted at 949 ft/sec, penetrated to 12.5" and expanded to 0.525" average diameter. Recovered at 124.1gr weight.
Shot 4 - Impacted at 944 ft/sec, penetrated to 12.0" and expanded to 0.510" average diameter. Recovered at 125.3gr weight.
Shot 5 - Impacted at 943 ft/sec, penetrated to 11.6" and expanded to 0.515" average diameter. Recovered at 124.4gr weight.