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Old July 15, 2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Coonan Classic buffalo bore 125 grain results.

Many of you may know I am some what of a Coonan fan boy. I love the 357 magnum round and I love 1911s so when I heard of the Coonan I jumped on board.

Well my newest addition to the Coonan is a 6 inch hunter barrel for it.


as you can see the barrel sticks out of the end of the slide a bit. Any way this got me thinking. I wonder how fast it shoots ammo. I have tested lots of rounds and I knew the Coonan was fast. I finally decided to test the hottest factory rounds I am aware of. These are the high velocity buffalo bore 125 grain JHP. The factory claims 1700 FPS from a 6 inch barrel revolver.



After getting the ammo I took it out to the back woods to gets some numbers. I shot 5 shots over my chronograph I got pictures of 4 of the five shots (still trying to figure out my new camera phone)

1791
1812
1781
1814
1795

for an average speed of 1798.6 FPS and a difference of 33 fps from the fastest and slowest shot. That is just under 900 foot pounds of energy (897 to be exact).



The recoil was actually not as bad as what I expected. It was only slightly worse than my hand loaded 158 grain bullets



sorry I did not get a picture of the 1812 shot






as you can see the Coonan is a pretty hot pistol. It is pretty heavy so that does take a lot of the recoil out of it. The gun is more accurate than I am.

But any way you slice it 900 foot pounds of energy is pretty good in a semiauto. I smiled after every round was fired.



p.s. yes those are rattle snake skin grips http://thefinergrain.com is where I got them and they fit better than the factory grips
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Old July 15, 2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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The temperature was 74 and elevation is 2900 feet
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Old July 15, 2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Impressive!... Unique gun...
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Old July 15, 2012, 08:11 PM   #4
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Interesting to see the actual results. Unlike some ammo manufacturers out there, Buffalo Bore is known for their honest velocity figures. How do the snakeskin grips actually feel shooting? IIRC, Sarge43 (of The Finer Grain) has a Coonan.
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Old July 15, 2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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I love the snake skin. so far they seem plenty durable. I have put about 2000 rounds through the gun with these grips with very little wear. The grips are very "grippy" easy to hold on to.
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Old July 15, 2012, 08:21 PM   #6
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Nice 1911.

Thanks for posting those results.....interesting #'s.

I wonder what the results would be with a 6in revolver barrel with a cyl. gap.
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Old July 15, 2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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id like to see too. Buffalo bore says that there revolver shot:
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6 inch Ruger GP 100

a. Item 19D/20-125gr. Jacketed Hollow Point = 1707 fps
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Old July 15, 2012, 08:50 PM   #8
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I wonder what the results would be with a 6in revolver barrel with a cyl. gap.
Well, I just have happened to have shot the 180 BBs out of my 6 inch Security Six over a chronograph. And out of this particular Ruger specimen I get an average of right around 1,450 fps; BB lists 1,400. (See above picture of the side of the box; 180 listed at the top.) My Security Six has a pretty tight cylinder gap; .002 to .003 on all six.
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So far my chronograph agrees!
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Old July 17, 2012, 08:58 AM   #9
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I have been thinking of getting a Coonan for some time. How well does it function, is it reliable?
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Old July 18, 2012, 01:44 PM   #10
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I have been thinking of getting a Coonan for some time. How well does it function, is it reliable
mine does pretty well. out side of cci shot shells it feeds well. I did load some subsonic 230 grain bowling pin bullets for it that it did not feed well untill i sped them up a little bit.
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Old July 18, 2012, 02:15 PM   #11
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i really love those grips where did you get em?
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Old July 23, 2012, 09:50 PM   #12
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as stated in my origional post (at the bottom) the grips can be bought at http://thefinergrain.com he posts on this forum (and lots of others). His work is top notch. I have bought two sets of grips from him.
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Old February 23, 2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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Sorry to bump a really old thread.

I see you have a 6 inch barrel. Yours is the only one I have seen of the new Coonans with a 6 inch barrel. Is that an option? I am looking to get a Coonan but For where I am going to take it hunting I require a 6 inch barrel.
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Old February 23, 2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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Those are pretty impressive numbers. I would like to see how the hottest 10mm would do energy wise from the same 6 inch barrel?
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Old February 23, 2013, 05:45 PM   #15
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Damn those are some hot .357 rounds.
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Old February 23, 2013, 09:49 PM   #16
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The Barrel can be ordered for a bit extra from the factory. Just ask for it.

As far as how it compairs to the 10mm... honestly I have no idea. I did not get this gun to be a super power gun, I got it to match my collection. I only own guns in 22, 357 magnum, 45-70 Govt and 12ga (though my wife does not follow these rules) As you can see finding a semiauto handgun in one of those calibers is hard.
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Old February 24, 2013, 12:57 PM   #17
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Definitely some smokin' hot ammo there. Buffalo Bore never fails to disappoint.
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Old February 25, 2013, 12:55 AM   #18
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I found out to late. When you order the pistol upgrade to the 6" for about
$99. If you don't and order it seperately it will be $200.

I love mine and it shoots great.
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Old February 25, 2013, 04:56 PM   #19
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Thanks for the information! I will order mine with the 6 inch barrel! Those are some pretty impressive numbers unless I am mistaken that is hotter than the 10MM right?
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Old February 26, 2013, 09:19 AM   #20
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I could be wrong, but I think that's in the vicinity of the FN 5.7X28mm velocity.
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Old January 25, 2014, 07:16 PM   #21
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Sorry to bump an old thread but the topic came up of 357 magnum vs 10mm and I wanted to show what a 357 magnum is capable of doing.

I bought my Coonan with a 6 inch barrel but I am still waiting.
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Old January 28, 2014, 09:49 AM   #22
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Very nice, roughly an extra 100 fps over claimed velocity. If that held true with the other Buffalo Bore loads, I'd expect that 180gr hardcast to be doing 1475-1500 fps!! I'm really diggin' that Coonan!
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