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    Default wadcutter vs backward wadcutter for 38 special

    doing some looking here and there for ballistic testing on the 32 long and the 32 h&r mag......there is not a heck of a lot out there on these two.

    anyways, ran across "gun sam" on youtube who did a fair amount of 32 caliber testing and comparisons....with his own spin on ballistic testing on various calibers and barrel length.......and this one caught my interest. Never came across any actual testing of the 38 special backward hollow-base wadcutter vs std wadcutter.......the results were shocking.....

    the reverse wadcutter expanded to over 70 caliber.......but the penetration was rather shallow....still found it interesting.......

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    I've heard that they use these quite often in some of the South American countries where hollow point bullets are unavailable due to being outlawed.

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    I've done this over 20 years ago with 148 grain commercial hollow-base full wad-cutters in a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .357. It's a real hollow-point, alright, with the base being loaded forward.

    HOWEVER! There is experience and narrative written from it, that the thin lead base skirt can break off due to impact shock with the barrel forcing cone and the rest of the solid projectile may run over the skirt "lead ring" and at least cosmetically create a external light colored ring outside the barrel due to expansion of the barrel I.D. Other problems like barrel obstruction of a serious nature might occur. Lead is malleable and smears well. But, it doesn't like being compressed, and it will fracture and shatter under high speed shock.

    As I wrote, I got away with this 20 years ago and only read of the possibilities of the "skirt issue" afterward. Your risk. Your decision.
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    My dad used to load these and he mostly carried a 38 special revolver. I believed he used 148gr and he seated them deep so the he could roll crimp right over the edge of the bullet and not sticking out like this guy shows them. I couldn't find the charge in his loading book so it died with him but if i had to guess he used either red dot, unique or bullseye being he used those powder a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevejet View Post
    I've done this over 20 years ago with 140 grain commercial hollow-base full wad-cutters in a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .357. It's a real hollow-point, alright, with the base being loaded forward.

    HOWEVER! There is experience and narrative written from it, that the thin lead base skirt can break off due to impact shock with the barrel forcing cone and the rest of the solid projectile may run over the skirt "lead ring" and at least cosmetically create a external light colored ring outside the barrel due to expansion of the barrel I.D. Other problems like barrel obstruction of a serious nature might occur. Lead is malleable and smears well. But, it doesn't like being compressed, and it will fracture and shatter under high speed shock.

    As I wrote, I got away with this 20 years ago and only read of the possibilities of the "skirt issue" afterward. Your risk. Your decision.
    Great comments Steve! Wadcutters were designed and extensively tested for their intended purpose. Amateurs experimenting with their own pet ideas often wind up with "kabooms" or other bad results.
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