Thursday, May 26, 2011

38-55 vs Milk Jugs

On my last visit to the Captain's U-Pick Sagebrush Ranch the opportunity to shoot some zombie milk jugs with my Marlin 336 Cowboy in 38-55 presented itself.  I could not resist.

Video of the event can be seen here;

The results surprised me.  I was expecting around 8 jugs worth of penetration.  Instead the 250 grain Lee 379-250 RF passed through nearly NINE feet of water before coming to rest in the bottom of the Eighteenth jug!

The bullet was fairly soft cast, roughly a 20/1 alloy, the load chronographs a very consistent at 1506 fps (average), propelled with the excellent SR 4759 powder at well below (3+ grains below) the RCBS cast bullet manuals starting load. The meplat on the bullet expanded to .285" from .250"

Pretty impressive for a cartridge that was introduced in 1876.

Desantis Holster for Smith & Wesson M&P45C

I bought a DeSantis holster a few weeks ago for the M&P 45C and have been testing it as my EDC holster. 

I've worn it both strong-side and cross-draw and found it to be very comfortable.  The fit and retention is excellent.  I find drawing from the strong-side very easy and from the cross-draw position only slightly more difficult, this issue could probably be resolved with more practice.  Concealment is very good for an outside-the-waistband holster too with an untucked shirt.  Another feature I like is that it is made in the USA and at $50 is quite a bargain in my opinion.  The quality is very good and break-in didn't take long.