38 Spl +P, Hollow Point, BHN 10.4, Bare Gel (PC HP Test)

(This video was first posted to YouTube on September 14, 2017.)

Shooting the 38 Special +P cast with a hollow point from the 1:16 alloy with a BHN of 10.4 into Clear Ballistics Gel from my Ruger LCR. This series is a long experiment testing powder coated cast lead hollow point bullets made from various alloys and fired at various velocities.

Consolidated test results: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tb_gBX5ALiPbMYg_qdvBiUV-fNaLln0r18MIqJXTjrM/edit?usp=sharing

The Lee 358-158-RF mold was hollow pointed by Erik Ohlen at http://www.hollowpointmold.com/
Eastwood Mirror Red Powder: http://www.eastwood.com/hotcoat-powder-mirror-red.html


Find the entire playlist here: https://thereloadersnetwork.com/playlist/powder-coated-cast-lead-hollow-point-bullet-testing-lob/

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Those pesky lil .38’s from a snubby gave me the most trouble fine tuning a load…but I learned a lot having to deal with low velocities and small frontal surface areas…
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Jerry 1911
Jerry 1911

Good starting point. I’m guessing that 950 fps will see a lot more mushrooming without petal breaking. My guess for the best results would be 950-1050 fps, before separation? Which mold is this? Now that I have a better revolver, I’m seriously considering a new .358 HP mold, but I don’t want to just buy the first one.