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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by thegriz18, Jan 25, 2010.
Has anyone ever used Sierra handgun bullets for reloading and checked for penetration and expansion?
Corbon uses them in some of their loadings.
Not really familiar w/ pistol bullets but rifle bullets are very good.
They are a thin jacketed cup/core bullet. They work fine @ slower vel. but crank them up & fragmentation almost always occurs. I tried some 124grJHP @ 357sig vel. & they blew up inside a 1gal water jug. Not for me thanks. They may be fine in heavier bullet wts. like 180gr/40 or 230gr/45 but when vel. go beyond 1200fps, I wouldn't want to bet on them.
A local ammo factory uses Sierra in .38 cal, which looks good.
As stated above CorBon has loaded the Sierra JHP bullets for years. I have never heard of anyone complain that they do not work. In fact some of the Sierra bullets loads are known to be very good. The original 115 grain 9mm +P is one that comes to mind. One thing to keep in mind is the jacket thickness and hardness of the core varies by caliber. They make some very tough handgun bullets as well. The FPJ line and the heavyweight JSP bullets designed for the 44 Magnum and 454 are very tough and are very good penetrators. Of course these are not designed for SD.
Sierra JHP bullets have given me superb accuracy in every load I have tried them in.
I have routinely gotten 3" groups at 75 yards with them and have on occasion gotten groups just a kiss above 2"
A national evening news show recently did a segment where the reporter was at the Sierra factory in Sedalia MO. I don't remember anything else about it so the story was probably on the economy or the shortage of ammo.
Anyone have pics of them after being shot into media?
I've loaded their 230 grain HP in .45 acp. Very accurate, but haven't tested them in any media. Huge cavity in the front end.