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Doubletap 38's?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by chrisf8657, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. chrisf8657

    chrisf8657 Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Has anyone done any chrono'ing of Doubletap's 38 load to see if it lives up to the stated velocities?

    Has anyone ever done any gel testing or anything?

    I have both the DT 38's and BB 38's, and prefer the DT due to the lower recoil, but want to see if they are really putting out what they claim as I dont have a chrony.

  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    I tested 125gr DT .38 Special +P ammo from a 1.875" S&W M638 Airweight. Here are the numbers I got:
    AV = 917.3 fps
    SD = 7.6 fps
    H = 924.5 fps
    L = 906.1 fps

    Considering DT is claiming 1,100 fps from the same length barrel I would say no, they don't live up to their posted numbers. I will say they did perform as well as the Speer 135gr .38 Special +P Short Barrel round and since the Speer rounds cost $23/20 rounds and the DoubleTap rounds cost $28/50 rounds that doesn't bother me. The Speer rounds are supposed to only achieve 860 fps from a short barrel but I got an average of 924.2 fps when I tested them in the same revolver as the DT ammo.

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