Hornady Critical Defense from .36 caliber derringer.


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Pyro
July 28, 2011, 03:52 PM
Since there is no Handguns: Derringers forum I figured this belonged here since it is chambered in .38 Special.

I was curious if a JHP bullet would effectively expand from a less than 2 inch barrel; like from a derringer.
Hornady Critical Defense .38 Special 110 grain JHP (non +P). Penetrated two water jugs and stopped in the third. The red tip was found in the first jug.
Final diameter of the bullet was .50 caliber.
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Smokepole14
July 28, 2011, 04:25 PM
I've considered trying the .38 special critical defense from hornady. Is the 110 grain bullet good for self defense or would one be better with a 158 gr swc behind 4.5 gr of bullseye? Which would be a better choice?

Pyro
July 28, 2011, 04:37 PM
When I carry this derringer I keep it loaded with Buffalo Bore 150 grain "Combat" Wadcutters.
I want something that will put a clean round hole into flesh and dig very deep.
I carry these 110 grain bullets when I travel to a more urban area and overpenetration becomes an issue.

Smokepole14
July 28, 2011, 05:11 PM
Yeah wadcutters probably wouldn't be the best choice for urban areas. I guess the critical defense is made for what it says "critical defense" not plinking. But as far as reliable expansion from a 2 inch barrel I wouldn't know.

nonseven
July 28, 2011, 05:21 PM
Picture perfect mushrooming.

Pyro
July 28, 2011, 05:49 PM
Anybody know if there are any "FBI" gel tests with this round?
I've always seen this round expand but hardly any information regarding penetration depths.

hardluk1
July 28, 2011, 07:19 PM
Go to you tube , there are several there.

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