You could argue in a sense that all of Buffalo
Bore's line of ammunition is suited to self defense.
Photographers working in Alaska might need to fend off enraged
Moose, surveyors in Africa might have unwanted interaction with
Self defense in the sense of anti-personnel
ammunition is not what the firm came to be known for. But CEO Tim
Sundles initiated one .357 load specifically toward that
end, his 125-grain .357.
The .357 Magnum holds on as a police round in
small enclaves, but large numbers of individuals continue to use
it in that role. Assuming the United Nations doesn't disarm all
Americans as they wish to do, it presumably will hold on this
role for many years.
Sundles also chose propellant on this load
with reduced flash characteristics in mind.
took out a 2-1/2 inch Smith & Wesson Model 66-3 as
the initial test mule.
out of the test gun was adequate for 25-yard work, unexceptional
We lost our chronograph readouts, but all were
in the eyebrow-raising low to mid 1400s - with a 2-1/2"
barrel, & that is stepping lively. Hot ammo, usually running
within standard pressures, is a hallmark of Buffalo Bore. This
approaches advertised velocity for longer barrels.
Newton's Laws were never revoked, not by
Einstein, nor by 2 shooters in SW Missouri. Run a mid-weight
bullet that fast out of short barreled and fairly light gun, and
it will be felt. Recoil, was, to the opinion of both shooters,
preeeeety stiff. Church is a recoil lightweight, but Fortis has
his stick time in flying Casulls.
As a last second improvisation, we recalled
that a 5" N frame was around, and that was pressed into
service. Much more pleasant. Subjectively, we would describe
recoil as being like a thousand-foot-second 240-grain .44
Special. You know something for real has gone off, but it's not
bad. We did not chrono this one, nor save the target image, but
grouping approximated that of the snub Smith.
The final test consisted of hauling the
5" gun out after dark, and firing a round off. The eyes
will tell you about the reduced flash characteristics. It passed
this test impressively - yes, there was flash, but of a much
reduced intensity. From behind the gun, disruption of night
vision would be far less than with older loads using propellants
with less or no flash inhibitors.
For a defense round out of heavier revolvers,
this would open up some new vistas. It's hot, but it doesn't
flash like a hot load.
This thought ran through our minds while we
were using this ammo: How would it do out of a Trapper-length
lever gun as a 100 yard Coyote killer? Consider: it's fast; the
bullet has controlled but but definite expansion
characteristics; and the flash isn't bad.
We think we've just scratched the surface on
this one. Hopefully by this fall, we can post a follow-up
Check out Buffalo Bore on the Web at: www.buffalobore.com.
Fortis & A K Church
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