You see that frame? You see how it’s cracked like that? That crack is why I’m very, very suspect of using re-manufactured ammo from companies I’ve never heard of. Generally speaking, I’ll only use reman from the following companies: Atlanta Arms, Freedom Munitions and…yeah that’s pretty much it.
Top row, left to right: two Magtech .38 Special 158 grain LSWC; two DoubleTap .38 Special +P 158 grain hardcast LSWC; two Federal .357 Magnum 158 grain JSP.
Bottom row, left to right: two Federal .38 Special 158 grain LRN, two Federal Gold Medal 148 grain full WC.
All of these rounds could be fired from one gun; while revolvers may be old, their ability to perform many roles from self defense, hunting, and target shooting, is hard to match in a semi-auto pistol.
Penetrated over 16 inches, expanded to 0.60. Basically, it did everything you’d expect a modern defensive JHP to do. This is what I carry in my .357 revolvers.
- BB calibration: 607 fps, 3.4″
- Impact velocity: 1,182 fps
- Penetration: 22.1″
- Retained weight: 157.3 gr
- Max expansion: 0.398″
- Min expansion: 0.363″
I actually really enjoy TNOutdoors’ videos on ballistic testing. He keeps his methods clear, his testing is simple and easily understood by the layman. In this video, he tests one of my favorite rounds, the Hornady Critical Defense.