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Jim Higginbotham

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Posted - January 18 2017 :  09:39:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I picked up a box of this recently but alas it is the older 200 gr. JHP with lead exposed - they now load a Hornady 200 gr. XTP in place of this.

In any case it is rated at 900 fps. I'm not sure what barrel they test it in but it gave me 822 out of my 4" 629.

As far as I'm concerned that isn't all that bad. I've done no testing on expansion but since it isn't made with the same bullet any more I suppose it does not matter.

I expect the XTP load (which is also listed at 900 from Fiocchi) to get around the same velocity.


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Posted - January 18 2017 :  5:03:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good to know. Thanks. There aren't all that many .44 Spl options out there.


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Posted - January 18 2017 :  5:27:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just ordered a couple boxes of the Blazer JHP's for my in-coming Ruger; even with the Gold Dot bullet, they were cheaper than anything else I could find, other than some low-powered cowboy loads. Those Gold Dots look like a three-gallon bucket, and the ad says they're 900-something fps, which hopefully will come out to 850+ in the three-inch barrel. Looked at the Buffalo Bore 190gr SWCLHP, too, which claims about 900fps for three inches. Hopefully either load will work for social purposes, I'd hate to jump on the new-gun bandwagon, then not be able to find a decent defense load for it.
Then again, the polymer-tipped Hornady loads should be good, too.
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