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I tested some cast bullets today and thought some of you might find the results interesting.

Load was Lyman #358439 which is the Keith bullet with a Hollow Point.

Alloy was 10 ingots W_W and 10 ingots pure lead and 1/4 ingot pure tin.

Velocity at impact was 900f.p.s.

I set up 4 2.5 gallon jugs of water touching and the bullet went thru all 4 jugs and kept right on going into my pond.
Then I shot them into wet sand and recovered these in the photo's.:rolleyes:
 

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The Hog Whisperer (Administrator)
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Nice! Should make a dandy deer-buster. Maybe even hogs.... got any around?
 

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I'm one of the worlds most ignorant shooters when it comes to the .38 Special's capabilities. I suspect I"ve been conditioned by the written word, but your results sure seem pretty good to me. I simply wouldn't have expected the .38 Special at that velocity to make it through the water jugs or flatten your bullets to that extent. Sure agree with MikeG, looks like a hunting combination.

Interesting report,

Dan
 

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Impressive!

What is surprising to me is the degree of penetration you obtained in the water filled jugs! I really wouldn't have expected a bullet that expanded so much (especially from a .38 special at 900 fps) to penetrate as well as it did!

Sounds like a good load for vermin of many persuasions! :D

Thanks for the excellent pix.

God Bless,

Marshall
 

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The bullets that went thru the water filled jugs were not recovered. The holes in the jugs were .38 caliber indicating no expansion in that medium but good penetration. The wet sand will expand almost any alloy I have tried, even some that were heat treated, it also seems much tougher than animal tissue excluding large bone's. So I think I'll try it agian with a softer alloy, say 20-1 pure lead to pure tin. If it works out I will post the results.
 

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Try shooting some in some wet newsprint/old phone books & see if you get any expansion.
 
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