Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mr. Mosin, May 27, 2021.
Is the best HP option I know of .. but if you can’t find it ... 148gr LWC or 158gr SWC .. will poke holes and cause tissue damage
but I am fairly confident that a 148 LWC or 158 SWC would be better than a sharp stick.
especially in my 642 ...
I shot some of the Federal 130gr HST, Plus P rounds through my 442. I was very surprised at the fairly mild recoil.
I’d like to try the Win Ranger load, but they’re awfully scarce right now.
Hornady use the tough XTP bullet in American Gunner load
Yep, it’s an accurate round, it just doesn’t expand much from a snubby per Lucky Gunner’s testing. I used American Gunner in my 9mm’s and in my other longer barreled revolvers for home protection.
I have a few boxes of Underwoods 125gr +P that uses the XTP bullet .. I keep them loaded in my Charter Target 357mag ..4 inch barrel
and they DO expand reliably. I use the standard pressure because BB's +P 158s have more recoil than I can manage in a snubby. They're expensive - - - - - - and worth it.
The bullets are soft lead with a gas check.
If hiking or camping the buffalo bore standard pressure hardcast wadcutter is a good choice.
In these times it kind of depends on what you can actually get. Ive got a stock of Remington 125 gr +p from the Walmart days when it was 15/50, but it doesn't do well from a snub (it'll penetrate but not expand usually).
Thanks for the link. Provided additional confidence in my 38 Special case 148 DEWC load at 925 fps from my 3" barrel.
I am working on Wadcutter loads now. I bought some Federal Gold Medal wadcutter rounds completely by accident last summer. I could have swore I saw LHPSWC on the label and when I got home I had found I grabbed a 500 case of Wadcutters. I was really ticked as the store had a strict “no returns” policy.
Anyway, I found that I really liked that load and over time I shot them up. Now I am trying to find a wadcutter load only with a little more speed along with accuracy that works well in my 442, 36 and model 10. It’s fun experimenting.
Although scarce try the 90 gr FTX Hornady Critical Defense Lite. Use them in both my Model 36 Chief Specials. Very manageable recoil.
"Anyway, I found that I really liked that load and over time I shot them up. Now I am trying to find a wadcutter load only with a little more speed along with accuracy that works well in my 442, 36 and model 10. It’s fun experimenting."
Check out both Buffalo Bore 150 gr HC WC's and Double Taps HC WC's.
The BB is especially hot, but still standard pressure rated.
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