Buffalo Bore: Noticable difference


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Doug.38PR
August 2, 2006, 10:10 AM
I took my Colt Official Police, my S&W Highway Patrolman, my Ruger Security Six and my Colt Python to the range yesterday with a box of Remington .357 Magnums 158 gr LSWC, a handful of Remington .38 Special 158 gr LRN, a handful of .38 Special +P Remington LSWCHP and a handful of .38 Special +P Buffalo Bore LSWCHP.

I put a little of each round in each gun for one complete 6 round cycle. Buffalo Bore's are impressive. They have far more kick and power than the Remington LSWCHP. They aren't magnums, but they feel a lot closer to magnums than Remington. Of course you see the velocity and energy of this round on Buffalo Bores website. Compare it to the same round of the different companies. The most impressive part is that it is safely within +P!!!

I found the Python has far less recoil than it's magnum counterpart Security Six. Has more bulk behind it, however it makes it a lot slower when moving it from target to target due to the weight and bulk. The Official Police and the Ruger are better suited for mobility with your arm and control. In short, you are able to handle the less bulkier guns like the OP better with one hand. Python and Highway Patrolman are better range guns or hunting guns.

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caliber729
August 3, 2006, 08:40 PM
I have shot a few boxes of the Buffalo Bore 38+P 158 LSWCHP out of my Ruger GP100 4" and my SP101 2-1/4". I think that this load is optimum for a personal defense loading. The recoil in the GP was very manageable allowing for quick follow up shots. Out of the SP the recoil was definitely more noticeable but worth the added performance over the typical Rem or Win 38+p's. I also found this load fairly accurate.

I would love to do some penetration testing with this and the other typical +p rounds to get a better feel for performance. The only downside I can possibly see to this round is expansion or rather the lack of it due to the alloy that Buffalo Bore is using. It is not pure lead and I wonder just how much harder it is than lead.

atlctyslkr
August 3, 2006, 09:36 PM
When I read on their site that it's safe to use in a stainless J-Frame I was ready to buy. Now I just have to find someone selling it, or order it I guess.

BluesBear
August 4, 2006, 07:15 AM
Great ammo!

And they have the coolest headstamp.

The_Shootist
August 4, 2006, 07:54 PM
I have shot the BB .38 spl LSWCHP +P 158 gr version and it was pretty stout out of my SP 101. Almost like the Remington Golden Sabre in .357!

So, being a sucker for punishment I bought a box of BB .357 158gr to try out. They just arrived this week. Those I think I will send downrange via my 686+ to minimize hand trauma :evil:

bpisler
August 4, 2006, 09:40 PM
On the Buffalo bore web site they state that
the 158gr +P 38's use a soft alloy with a gas
check to prevent leading.

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