Underwood .38spl 158gr +P Hard Cast Keith in Clear Ballistics Gel

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  1. 5pins

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  2. murf

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    three feet should make a nice hole on the far side of most anything hit. can't wait for the 380 underwood test.

    murf
     
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  3. Riomouse911

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    158 grains at 1,000 fps + out of a 1 7/8” Lightweight J frame .38? OUCH!

    Good stuff, thanks.

    Stay safe.
     
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  4. SteadyD

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    Ouch indeed. I have no interest in shooting these from a j frame!
     
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  5. 5pins

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    My hand hurt for a few hours after.
     
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  6. WisBorn

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    @5pins thanks for sharing the testing. Hardcast 38 special +p. This is a viable woods carry round, even from a snubby.
     
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    shooter - OUCH

    target - OUCH

    WWEKD ?
     
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    What's this?
     
  9. trackskippy

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    What Would Elmer Keith Do? :)
     
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    Light up a cigar. Maybe a pipe.
     
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    Yikes! I'll pass in my lcr. Maybe just the standard pressure version of necessary. Thank you for the test.
     
  12. Autodidactic

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    Supposedly the hottest factory issue .38 ammo in production.
    I have some but haven’t shot it.
     
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  13. Autodidactic

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    Buffalo Bore has a .380 hard cast. One test showed 2-3 feet of penetration.

     
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  14. sgt127

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    That’s impressive.
    Poke a hole.
    Poke the biggest hole you can.
    Poke it all the way through.

    I’d carry that in my Ruger SP101 if I ever run out of my Grizzly .357 Hardcast.

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    In an airweight? No.
     
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  15. defjon

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    Love the underwood and Buffalo bore Hardcast rounds.

    Very viable from a steel (even j) frame. But, your airweight or lcr won't blow up firing a few of these.

    Fire a couple to see the recoil and point of impact, verify no crimp jump. You could then load them up for a nice light backup in placed where you'd want 3+ feet of penetration through muscle and bone.

    I'll take the sore hand vs the mauling! I posted awhile back about a hunter using 3 rounds from a 38 to stop a griz attacking his friend. The article even mentioned the round I believe - 158 grain flat point fmj.
     
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  16. Autodidactic

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    Right, I think both Underwood and Buffalo Bore market these types of rounds as being outdoors backup rounds if all someone has is the relevant .38 or 9mm handgun.
     
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