- Particularly with the popularity of lightweight or ultralight, small-frame revolvers, excessive recoil may be a problem.
This may even be an issue for users of small, steel-frame revolvers, more so if they are fitted with small grips for more
discreet carry. Target loads using wadcutter - cylindrical - bullets are loaded to relatively low velociy and generate
- While these bullets do not expand - also an issue with many hollopwpoint bullets at the low velocities generated from 2"
barrels - their relatively sharp edges make them punch a full-caliber wound channel through soft tisuue. This tends to
make them more effective than a round-nose bullet, including a hollowpoint bullet that fails to expand. The caveat is
that, depending on what bone they may strike and at what angle, the relatively soft wadcutter bullets may not punch as
neat a hole through tissue as they do in paper if they deform at the leading edge. Bone fragments, however, may also
keep some hollowpoints from expanding as intended.
- The offerings from the American "Big Three" ammunition makers - Federal, Remington and Winchester - typically attain a
velocity of about 700 feet per second (fps) from a 2" barrel. Based on testing with synthetic gelatin - which may allow
slightly deeper penetration than the original calibrated 10% ballistic gelatin - these loads seem to meet or closely
approach the FBI standards for penetration in all protocols except sheet-metal barrier. This should deep enough to reach
vital organs, with little danger from overpenetration.
- These cylindrical bullets are loaded flush with the mouth of the case and may not allow the fastest reloads. If this is
a concern to you, you may choose to charge your speedloaders or speed strips with a standard-pressure hollowpoint, such as
Hornady's Critical Defense load, which will not create that much more recoil, should you need to keep shooting after