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Old 09-30-2019, 01:33 PM   #1
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.38 spl HST..?

Anyone used any of Federal's HST in .38 special? It's cosmetically a very different profile than their autoloader HST's, and does surprisingly well in standardized gel testing.

It's a 130-grain +P load, and in LuckyGunner's tests using 4 layers of material in front, from a 4" gun expanded to .72 caliber while still managing to penetrate 13.7 inches deep. From a snubnose 2" gun it expanded to .73 caliber, but only penetrated to 12.6 inches. Those are very good for a 38spl revolver.
 
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Old 10-02-2019, 10:30 AM   #2
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Fwiw, Mr Guns & Gear did a review on it that I hadn't seen. Got very good expansion as well as 13.5" to 16" gel penetration, which is a rare combination in .38 special:
 
Old 10-05-2019, 11:34 AM   #3
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This reminded me that I have a .38. a .38/.357 and a .38 Webley that I haven't shot in years. Time to dust them off and do some shooting. Maybe start packing the .357 on hikes.
 
 
Old 10-07-2019, 06:33 AM   #4
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Seen that Lucky Gunner video, very well done. He has a number of excellent ones on revolvers
 
Old 10-07-2019, 09:12 AM   #5
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I don't really like that Lucky Gunner uses clear gel instead of actual organic gel, but it does still give some comparisons between various rounds.

Haven't ordered any of this; my wife's revolver is still loaded with old Nyclad HP's at this point.
 
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