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Monday, January 5, 2015

My initial impressions of Cor-Bon .38 Special +P 110-Grain DPX in S&W Model 442-1 J-Frame Airweight



I am always on the lookout for defense loads that offer the possibility of decent stopping power with less felt recoil.  There has long been a buzz from current and former cops that the 110-grain Cor-Bon DPX rates as a preferred load for light-frame snub guns.  Part of the idea is that lighter bullets generate less felt recoil, all else being equal.  Another portion of the idea is to have a light, non-fragmenting, mushrooming bullet penetrate deep enough into body-tissue to damage something important, but stop short of exiting.  From a snub gun, the DPX all-copper-hollowpoint is alleged to achieve all of that more reliably than does a lead or a jacketed-lead-hollowpoint.

Out of a surfeit of curiosity regarding the felt recoil, I purchased 100-rounds (5 x 20-round boxes) of Cor-Bon .38 +P 110-grain DPX.  I will not be practicing with wholesale amouts of these very expensive little pills but they will be nice to mess around with once in a while. 

My personal "Holy Grail" .38 Special loads have long been, and will likely remain: 

1) Federal 125-Grain Standard Velocity Nyclad (for alloy S&W J-Frames, and both alloy and steel Colt D-Frame revolvers)

2) Winchester,  et al 158-grain +P lead semi-wadcutter hollowpoints for steel J-Frames.

What little I gleaned  from the 15-rounds of DPX that I fired during this range session is kinda what I figured going in, with one BIG exception; a surprising departure from the Cor-Bon of my younger days was that there were NO SIGNS OF EXCESSIVE PRESSURE!  The spent casings easily extract from the cylinder and the primers show no flow.  Cor-Bon pushes the DPX bullet from the muzzle as fast as it needs to go but no faster.  That impressed me the most.  As expected, DPX recoils a noticeable bit more than the Nyclads (even though my Nyclads are NON+P, they are not exactly what I would call puff-puff loads) and DPX recoils a noticeable bit less than 158-grain +P LSWCHP.  Which load would end a threat the quickest?  My guess is money-back-guaranteed to be no better than your guess.







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