Remington 158gr LSWCHP+P (R38S12) Test


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stealth
March 17, 2010, 11:21 PM
Remington 158gr LSWCHP+P (R38S12)

Fired two rounds from a S&W442 into water jugs at a distance of 10', Both penetrated 3 jugs each and expanded to about .61 each.

No chronograph, Sorry.

Maybe this lot was softer lead than some other tests I have seen, Which typically penetrate 4 water jugs and expand to about .59

Here you can see it in action, bouncing off the fourth jug.
And here the expanded slug is compared to an unfired round, a .45ACP and a .22LR.

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S&Wfan
March 18, 2010, 12:07 AM
I've got some of that Remington ammo. Good stuff!

GrandmasterB
March 18, 2010, 02:07 AM
Nice expansion!

W.E.G.
March 18, 2010, 02:25 AM
Feed that through your crunchenticker.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/ammunition/bullet_lhp.jpg

Cosmoline
March 18, 2010, 02:43 AM
I've heard the Rem's are softer lead than Wins and others, so that may explain the penetration.

ArchAngelCD
March 18, 2010, 03:20 AM
I use the Remington FBI Load in short barrel revolvers because they do use a softer alloy than the other companies do. The Winchester and Federal offerings are fine in 4" barrel revolvers but I reserve the Remington R38S12 ammo for the snubys.

Thanks for the report and pictures...

snooperman
March 18, 2010, 08:09 AM
even though it is an old cartridge. I have used it for years and it has a proven record on its side as well. It will expand even more in human tissue than your water jugs.

snooperman
March 18, 2010, 08:14 AM
I reserve it for my snubbys.

earlthegoat2
March 18, 2010, 08:24 AM
Some good reading here on the same subject.

http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/38%20Special%20158gr%20LSWCHP.htm

Some people doubt the performance of the FBI load in short barrels but I still think the differences are negligible.

Here is a current thread with some good info on it as well.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=505547

wnycollector
March 18, 2010, 05:10 PM
I use the Remington FBI Load in short barrel revolvers because they do use a softer alloy than the other companies do. The Winchester and Federal offerings are fine in 4" barrel revolvers but I reserve the Remington R38S12 ammo for the snubys.

I have remi in my snub, but I just bought some of this http://georgia-arms.com/38special158grleadsemi-wadcutterhollowpointp100pk-1.aspx in any of my .38's 4"+ barrels. It shoots the same POA as the remi at 50% of the price...and its in stock!

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