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    Exclamation Anybody have any experience with frangible ammo?

    Anybody have any experience with frangible ammo?
    I was just gifted 60 rounds of frangible .40 S&W ammo.
    It has the sintered metal powdered compressed copper bullets.
    Supposedly it goes splat when hitting a metal target.
    Is it any good for self defense, critter and pest control or any other tactical purpose?

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    You will likely get varied opinions on the subject. I have made some of my own reloads with them and against soft targets they perform just like ball ammo. Against steel or concrete they go splat. My .40 frangible reloads oddly enough will penetrate deeper than 180gr ball ammo in wood. Not sure why that is but I was curious so me being me I tested them. Through a Glock 27, 180 grain blazer target loads would not make it through a 4 inch oak post and the 105 grain frangibles did. But, just like in the lead ammo world, not all rounds are created equal. The ones you have may better than some and not so good when compared to others. Air marshals are reported to use them because they won't over penetrate but in my experience they will. There are some HP frangibles on the market but I have never used them.
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    I have not had experience with them but the indoor range I go to allows only frangible .223. I found a box but have yet to shoot them.
    Dave "The said Constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." Samuel Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSlick View Post
    You will likely get varied opinions on the subject. I have made some of my own reloads with them and against soft targets they perform just like ball ammo. Against steel or concrete they go splat. My .40 frangible reloads oddly enough will penetrate deeper than 180gr ball ammo in wood. Not sure why that is but I was curious so me being me I tested them. Through a Glock 27, 180 grain blazer target loads would not make it through a 4 inch oak post and the 105 grain frangibles did. But, just like in the lead ammo world, not all rounds are created equal. The ones you have may better than some and not so good when compared to others. Air marshals are reported to use them because they won't over penetrate but in my experience they will. There are some HP frangibles on the market but I have never used them.
    Air Marshall's actually use the glaser rounds. Copper hollow point style jacket filled with un-sintered lead BBs with a polymer plug. Frangibles will penetrate just fine until they hit a hard target (bone would probably break but not disintegrate the round). Not sure why they penetrate better than ball though. I've experiment with wax slugs for home defense. I've found them fun to play with and they do devastating damage but I'm not convinced they have any more stopping power than standard buck shot.

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    Check this website for reloading information: FrangibleBullets.com - Reloading Information

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