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Buffalo Bore?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Pyro, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Pyro

    Pyro Well-Known Member

  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    The SWC-HC (semi-wadcutter, hollow cavity) looks the most attractive to me. If it expands, all the better, but if it smashes shut or "rivets" over, it will still be a semi-wadcutter. The full wadcutter is intriguing and would make a good "in gun" load, but this bullet shape is difficult to reload with a speedloader. If those velocity figures are actually from a two-inch barrel, they would have some pretty stout recoil in a lightweight revolver.
  3. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

  4. Pyro

    Pyro Well-Known Member

    Looks like the cavity walls just tore right off.
    But as the test shows in an almost effective manner, like in a "quik-shok" bullet.
    All three bullets in question are tested on that site.
  5. rdrancher

    rdrancher Well-Known Member

    You can also read totally unscientific reviews of the SWCHC standard load and +P by following Behind the Barn in my sig.
  6. dawei

    dawei Well-Known Member

    To me it's an absolute no-brainer - go with item 20C, 158gr LSWCHCGC, That is the load I carry in my aluminum frame S&W® Airweight® and Taurus® Ultra-Lite® 38 Specials.
  7. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    We know the old FBI load, 158gr LSWHP at about 800 fps was a good stopper, if not the great. So I have no doubt the Buffalo Bore version, at 1000 fps, is a REAL good one.

    And in my Ruger Speed Six that is the load (as well as my 4 inch Service Six.)

    But in light 2 inch 5 shot snubbies, I do suggest using:

    Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 158 gr. Soft Lead SWC-HC (850fps/M.E. 253 ft. lbs.)!

    That 1000 fps HURTS in a light snubby and it might even pull the bullets of the other rounds in the cylinder when fireing.

  8. mec

    mec Well-Known Member

    the 158 lhp is tested from 2" barrels. The bullet is made by Rimrock Bullets. It expands profoundly in the standard pressure load and expands and fragements in the plus p loading but with a large segement behind the hp remaining intact for good penetration..

    The jhp load has substantially less recoil and expands very well when shot through beef brisket into water.

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    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011
  9. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    Buffalo Bore is the only ammunition I will carry in my snubbies. Goooood stuff.
  10. velocette

    velocette Well-Known Member

    +1 on that Buffalo Bore 158 gr LSWCHP. It's the most power you can
    get in a .38 cal. snubby. Recoil is significant in a 640 stainless and VERY
    STOUT in a 637 airweight.
    However whatever is on the recieving end will (not) appreciate the high level of energy.

  11. Pyro

    Pyro Well-Known Member

    Has anyone tested this round through heavy clothing?
    It looks like it would still be very effective. The SWC build of this round allows for better penetrating damage, under the circumstances that the cavity becomes clogged or collapses, then regular "ball" ammo.
    Sorta getting the best of both worlds with this bullet.
  12. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    I would go with the above if it's for a .38 snubbie. Gold Dot also sells ammo for short barrel snub .38 135 grain guns.
    If for a .357 I would go for the 125 grain at 1,700 fps.
  13. dodo bird

    dodo bird Well-Known Member

    I believe shooting a beef brisket in Texas is a felony. Go find some tofu.
  14. mec

    mec Well-Known Member

    No Eating tofu* is a felony in Texas. Invariably, I shoot the brisket a few times and then take it to my neighbor who is a master with a meat smoker. Otherwise the stuff would be too expensive to use as an expansion medium.

    tofu- Noun: Low salt, fat free environmentally friendly buggers for liberals to eat.
  15. Pyro

    Pyro Well-Known Member

    I don't think I could shoot a hole through meat that is already dead. Time spent shooting it is time spent not eating it. If I did, I'd worry about lead fragments in it. An X-ray from deer shot with a lead bullet showed terrible fragmentation in the wound tract.
    I am not an "environmentally friendly bugger" nor a "liberal" and I like tofu. :p
    Flavored and mixed with some pierogi it can be a nice touch.
  16. mec

    mec Well-Known Member

  17. Rob1109

    Rob1109 Well-Known Member

    I carry the full WC in my non+P M36. The 158gr.SWCHPGC+P in my 642 and LCR, althought the recoil is punishing, IMHO, and quick follow up shots might be questionable. The non+P version is probably a better choice w/o sacrificing a lot of ME/Vel.

    P.S. I also think the Speer GD Short Barrel +P load is not a poor choice. Many LEO's and PD's use this load.
  18. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    I use the 125 grain .357 BB in the Mod. 66 and SP-101 2 inch and there is no other factory ammo that kicks like the BB in this caliber.
  19. stinger 327

    stinger 327 Well-Known Member

    The only thing I don't like about BB is the shell casings. They use that star symbol and arrow on the end of shell casing like Corbon used to. The brass sometimes isn't the most cleanest or polished like Gold Dot or Hornady. Corbon now uses their own name on their brass.
  20. newbuckeye

    newbuckeye Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly......

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