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XTP question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Pict, Aug 24, 2011.

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  1. Pict

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    I'm working on a defense load for .38 Special, standard pressure. I'm currently testing 110 grain XTP bullets. About a quarter of the box of 100 have what looks like polishing material stuck in the cup of the hollowpoint. The question is: do I dig the stuff out with a dental pick, or just leave it alone?

    (Let's set aside the homemade vs. commercial defense load argument for the moment.) :)
     
  2. 357 Terms

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    Dont waste your time digging it out, it wont affect performance in the slightest
     
  3. BADUNAME37

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    Leave it.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    It very well might prevent complete expansion at .38 Spl velocity.

    Dry tumbler media is the same thing as dry goose down from a perps coat, or dry sheet-rock dust from a wall.

    JHP bullets will not expand reliably if they are clogged with dry anything.

    Liquid from body fluids is what causes the hydraulic pressure inside the HP cavity to make them deform and open.

    If they are already full of dry anything, there is not as much space for liquid to get inside the cavity and do what it does.

    BTW: I always pick the media out myself.

    rc
     
  5. Pict

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    I sense a good opportunity for scientific experimentation. The local phone book isn't thick enough to shoot into, though, so I'll have to think of something.
     
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Make it a wet phone book.

    A dry phone book won't cause expansion.

    rc
     
  7. MtnCreek

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    Well thanks alot RC, now I have to pick the media out of all my .357 158gr xtp's.:banghead:
     
  8. Walkalong

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    Yep.
    Did they come like that?
     
  9. GP100man

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    Layer news paper , then let it soak in a styrofoam cooler a couple a days , just enuff to wet it good .too much h20 & it`ll be floating mush !

    Tape the top on before shooting it though , don`t ask how I know LOL !!
     
  10. MtnCreek

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    Yep, not all the bullets have it, it's probably 50% w/ the package of xtp's that I have.
     
  11. Sidewinder72

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    The best thing to do, is send them down range Fast. Do not take any chances.
     
  12. MtnCreek

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    FYI: Last night I placed my remaining .357 xtp's in a clean tumbler w/o media and that removed 90% of the factory cob from the hollow points. It made a heck of a racket, but worked pretty good.
     
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    Ummm, what about all those bullets with a polymer plug in the hollow point?? :p
     
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    Polymer plugs are fluid enough at high velocity impact speed to act like a fluid when they impact the target.

    rc
     
  15. ArchAngelCD

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    I know, just putting wood on the fire. LOL (that's why the :p )
     
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