SWCHP or Gold Dots?


Blue Brick
October 25, 2011, 10:50 PM
Given similar weights and velocity, which is a better personal protection bullet?

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October 25, 2011, 10:51 PM
What caliber are we talking about? How long of a barrel? What bullet weights? Honestly, place your shots accurately and either should get the job done.

October 25, 2011, 10:57 PM
Out of the choices you presented, I'd go with gold dots. My personal ammo preference for self defense situations involving urban predators is Corbon DPX.

October 26, 2011, 12:13 AM
Probably the GDHP. Probably.

The SWCHP has a much narrower range of velocities in which it will perform ideally.

More information would be useful. Caliber, actual velocity, platform, etc.

October 26, 2011, 07:12 AM
I'm assuming you're talking about a 38spl. I'd say either choice would serve you well.

October 26, 2011, 10:14 AM
You did not indicate the barrel length. I assume your talking about a 38 special. The LSWCHP 158 gr 38+P to me works best out of a 4 inch barrel 38 special. Velocities are going to be 800 to 900 fps. The only exception to this is the Buffalo Bore +P round which is advertise at 1100 fps. I think the Speer gold dots will work better with the shorter barrels. I don't have any experience with the Speers. For myself I have Buffalo Bore LSWCHP 158gr 38+Ps loaded in my S&W model 10 4 inch heavy barrel for self defense. Any yes I still carry the police service revolver.

October 26, 2011, 10:18 AM
For .38spl, the 135gr. GDHP for a lightweight snub. For steel and/or longer barrels I prefer the 158gr. SWCHP+P.

October 26, 2011, 07:44 PM
158 gr. Lead SWCHP +P. My money buys Buffalo Bore for both my J & K frames.

October 26, 2011, 08:38 PM

Both will work.

There is no better/best here. What do you want it to accomplish, at what velocity? Pick the one that does that.

Gold Dots, in my experience, are very consistently accurate bullets.

SWC are much less expensive. Practice with cheap bulk SWC loaded to your defense load's velocity, and carry SWCHP, is an economical practice that doesn't short-change you.

October 26, 2011, 09:13 PM
I don't think the whole "personal protection bullet" thing works for me anymore.
Find a bullet that you get bored shooting because you can shoot it that constantly and use it.

October 26, 2011, 09:19 PM
Gold Dots are VERY good. I still prefer a heavy cast SWC with a big flat nose like a Freightliner for most uses though.

Super Sneaky Steve
October 26, 2011, 09:22 PM
Speer is really slipping on quality control lately, based on the bullets I've been loading.

The Buffalo Bore FBI load is what I carry.

October 26, 2011, 09:31 PM
I prefer Speer Gold Dots in .38 and 9mm.

Blue Brick
October 26, 2011, 10:05 PM

October 26, 2011, 10:09 PM
+1 for Buffalo Bore 158 +P 158

October 27, 2011, 08:00 PM

Started at 150 gr 358156 HP plain based , going 1100fps into mushy news paper in a styrofoam cooler.

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