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CW2 Ralph Long
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Posted - June 29 2019 :  5:33:09 PM  Show Profile  Click to see CW2 Ralph Long's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
After personal disappointments regarding failures to meet (come within a 100 FPS of) advertised velocities, other quality control and, last but definitely not least, customer service issues with " the new" Corbon, Double Tap, and Underwood .38 Special high velocity ammunition, the new Super Vel Company has my business. Not only does their 90 JHP .38 Special (+P) consistently meet and exceed published velocities, they respond to customer satisfaction issues.

Underwood's original policy of satisfaction guaranteed has become "no warranty of merchantability explicit or implied." I'm not sure how that fits in with the Uniform Commercial Code, but that's now their policy. I still carry their 9mm Luger ammunition in my Glock 19 every day, but have steered clear of their .38 Spl. (+P) ammo since a run of bad experience with hard primers and erratic velocities a couple of years back. I still hold out hopes for Corbon and Double Tap based on personal promises from Mike Shovel and Rhett McNett, but I've had poor actual responses regarding anyone's .38 Special (+P) ammo except Cameron Hopkins and Super Vel. I will update the Forum if anything changes.

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if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may
come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

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Posted - June 29 2019 :  6:27:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree to a point, but would not not shoot it in an aluminum frame gun. The original SV 110gr jhp produced velocities out of 2 " of 1000 fps plus, Vs 158 gr rnl had lead that loped along at 570 fps and our cry used to be, "Halt or we'll give you a nasty bruise."

My wife carries the SV +p in her Smith 640.

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CW2 Ralph Long
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Posted - June 30 2019 :  2:02:21 PM  Show Profile  Click to see CW2 Ralph Long's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
To be more specific on the ballistic qualities of their 90 grain (+P), I shot the Super Vel through two different J Frame S&Ws. The lowest recorded velocities of 10 was one at 1268 FPS and one at 1295 FPS. The average of the 10 shots was 1312 FPS. My wife's 3" Ruger LCR turned in an average of over 1440 FPS....smokin'.

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed;
if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may
come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Winston Churchill
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