From your testing and hunting expirences, what do you feel the velocity threshold is for the 270 Speer? I hear a lot of reports about that bullet not expanding.
From my 7.5 inch revolver my 270gr GDSP load should be around 1100+fps. Impact velocity on the ewe I mentioned should have been around 1000fps. I really haven't noticed expansion testing it at close range or on the ewe. My guess is that the velocities I'm getting from the Encore (1420 fps) would be the lower end for expansion from this bullet. At 100 yards the bullet should be a little over 1100fps from the Encore so I'd be surprised if it would expand. The Scooter Backfired channel on youtube tested the 270gr Speer on water filled jugs using a 444 Marlin rifle at 2218fps. The bullet penetrated 5 jugs, weighed 199.4gr and expanded to .929 inches at its widest. He feels that's the upper end of velocities for this bullet. That's a much higher velocity than I'll ever get from a 44 mag handgun. It just goes to show how hard that bullet is.
Originally Posted By: Brenden
8 yards is pretty close, especially when testing bullets. Interesting none the less.
The point of my testing the 240gr SJHP using the longer barrels and closed breech guns was to see if it would hold up at higher velocities. I already knew it would perform well at lower velocities. I've shot big game under that distance so its not unrealistic.
Originally Posted By: Chance Weldon
Given that they're the same caliber and pretty similar barrel lengths, which one of those two do you prefer?
That's a tough one. The Contender is more compact and quite a bit lighter which I like. The Encore has the advantage of being able to attach a sling, rather than use a holster, which appeals to me. Due to nostalgia the Contender wins out. Growing up in the '80s I used to drool over the Contender ads in hunting magazines. It was one of my dream guns.
Experience is the best teacher, hunger good sauce. Osborne Russell Journal of a Trapper