Buffalo Bore test
I finally shot some of the Buffalo Bore Heavy .38 +P loads this weekend.
I was doing crime scene reconstruction project (more on that, later) with friend Eric when I decided to shoot some out of the Model 36 (steel frame) Chief 2".
At 10 yards, firing SA, I achieved this group, from standing:Recoil felt like.... well, a heavy +P. Not really like a .357 magnum, as I was expecting. Not bad, actually.
I reloaded, turned to my left, and shot two steel pipes on the far left edge of the target area, DA. I was gratified to see the smaller pipe, which only weighed about 5 lbs and was hit higher up, tumble off the cinder block that they were perched on. You can see the bullet splashes of the soft lead on the steel pipes, circled:
I then went to 5 yards, and put three shots fairly quickly [not quite triple tap (BangBangBang) but faster than just quick fire (Bang. Bang. Bang.) Call it hasty fire, or semi-rapid. (Bang-bang-bang)] into a Shoot-N-See target. Now, 15 feet ain't much for long distance, but keep in mind that I was shooting a 2" J-frame after having already fired 7 rounds of this stuff. So I'm middlin' pleased with the results, from what a lot of people consider a "belly gun." I know that it looks like the top one keyholed, but it did not. That's just where the stick-on target was pasted over a hole in the cardboard target backing, and the vinyl target ripped a tad from the SWCHP bullet passing through.
DA with this out of a little gun is not very pleasant. It isn't something to whine about, but it's not a pleasure, either. The main ache came from the bottom of the inside of the trigger guard slamming against the underside edge of my trigger finger, with the rapid muzzle rise from recoil. Could I get through a 50 round course of fire with it, firing double action? Yes. But I wouldn't much care for it. Aw, well. It works, and I'm happy with it. If it runs anywhere near the published 1000 fps for a 158g bullet out of a 2" revolver, it's pretty impressive.
I think I'll order some of the non +P heavy .38 loads for my Airweight M37.