I know, I said I’d post about my quest for accuracy. Well, I got to thinking and figured this would be a better follow up.
FMJ bullets in handguns have only one use, auto loader practice. Even then, if you are willing to try, you can load some very fine 9mm or .45 ammo and “tune “ it to function very well with lead cast bullets. It is just getting hard to justify loading 9s or .45s cost wise. There are some sweet deals out there now on the popular rounds.
Hollow points are pretty singular also with the .355 to .358 and .45 ranges being the exception. When you can load so many different cartridges with so many different velocities and pressures you need a wide range of “optimum expansion” jackets. In a nutshell, I can load a bullet of 90gr weight designed for a .380 in a .357 magnum cartridge and literally separate the jacket from the core with velocity and spin from the turn ratio of the rifling . A lot of this is due to the black powder to smokeless transition. Most autoloader cartridges were developed with smokeless powder and current metallurgy knowledge and thus have not experienced the “evolution” of the .45 and .38. So, if you load 10mm or .40 you kinda got the guess work out of the way. I consider the 9mm and the .38 special to be the twins, one of them got the looks (9) and the other got the brains (.38). While these are very similar in energy and velocity, the .38 can be loaded +P or toned down to dang near “less than lethal” and still function properly in most any handgun manufactured for the cartridge. It is also very cost effective to “roll your own” for the .38 special. I am currently hitting around $11.00 per hundred rounds, and I am not suffering shortages.
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