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Range Report! ( 40 S&W / Hydras Vs. SXTs )

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Darkmind, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Darkmind

    Darkmind Well-Known Member

    40 S&W 180g Hydras Vs. 40 S&W 180g Winchester SXT

    Dont quote my on the ( 180g ) Hydras, I lost the box a little while agao but i'm about 75% sure that they were 180g.


    Ok so i had some left over Hydras laying around the house and i got a really good deal on some SXTs this past week so i figured that i would put them head to head. This was a very informal test,

    1 13 round mag of Hydras

    1 13 round mag of SXTs

    All rounds were fired from a stardard Glock 23 ( night sites were the only add on )

    All rounds were fired at a non moveing standard ( wish i knew what kind of target, it was your run of the mill standard circle target ) circle target from 10 yards. I chose 10 yards due to the fact that i practice more defenceive shooting and that i'm still buliding up my left hand after extensive reconstructive surgery.

    All rounds were fired from an unsaported weaver combat stance.

    Hydras : all rounds fed, chambered, fired, extracted, and ejected just fine and without any stopages or malfunctions. Recoil was easy to deal with but the end pattern was ( in Christopher Walken voice ) just all wrong, it was just all wrong. At first I thought i was doing something wrong with my stance or my grip but i could not figure it out. I mean were talking about a group as big as 4 to 5 inches:scrutiny: . I again thought about my stance and grip but then i just blew it off.

    Winchester SXT : All rounds fed, chambered, fired, extracted, and ejected in perfection without any stopages or malfunctions. Recoil was about the same as the Hydras, but this time the end pattern there was a whole world of difference. Out of all 13 rounds fired i only droped one out of the ten ring. So the SXTs ended up provideing my with a very nice group of about 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Needless to say i was very impressed.

    But like i said this was very informal range time and a very informal test.

    basicly i just wanted to figure out what one of the two that i have on hand should i be carrying.

    Everybody, remember i can't spell so bear with me tell my hooked on phonics comes in the mail.:D :banghead:

    Any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to add your thoughts.

  2. Darkmind

    Darkmind Well-Known Member

    I also put about 20 2 3/4 slugs and 25 00 buckshot through my 590 just for S**** and giggles. Needless to say the shoulder is a little sore today.:rolleyes: :D
  3. Darkmind

    Darkmind Well-Known Member

    Nobody had any thoughts?:confused:
  4. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    Well... sounds like the SXTs might be better for you and your particular gun.

    Have you considered Gold Dots or Golden Sabers? They are my top two choices though I prefer them in 165 gr version. The 165 Golden Sabers were my carry round when I carried my G23. Never failed to feed a single round in probably 300 rounds and while I don't have any targets of the Glock handy, I'd imagine my best groups at 25 yards were in the 4" range. I don't get hung up on groups with defensive guns shooting defensive loads but at 10 yards, I'd be pretty upset if I couldn't hold them under 4".
  5. Darkmind

    Darkmind Well-Known Member

    Nope i've never tried the Gold or the Sabers, for that fact i dont even know where to find them. Prob at my local weapons shop.:rolleyes:

    <------ Scratching head : I though more people would be intrested in this info or have their own info or exp.

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