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Old June 24, 2002, 01:49 AM   #1
Zak Smith
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Barnes XPB results ?

Anyone have experience with Barnes "XPB" bullets for handguns? I am looking at the 200 and 225gr's for .44.

These bullets are made of a copper alloy, with no lead, and have a very deep hollow-point, and a "solid" base. As a result, they take up more space for the same bullet mass, meaning less internal volume available for combustion. I loaded some up with 7.5gr Unique and accuracy was about the same as Hornady XTP's.

Has anyone seen any terminal ballistics for these bullets?

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Old June 24, 2002, 04:53 AM   #2
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If I need premium jacketed I use Swift A-Frames; all other 'penetrating' loads utilize some sort of (beautiful) heavy lead bullet.

IMNSHO the Barnes leave me slightly suspect due to the lack of a lead (or heavy metal) core; concerned about 'true flight' and 'straight penetration'.
Zero worries with the Swifts or lead.............

Maybe the Barnes work great on thin-skinned or non-biting creatures.
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Old June 24, 2002, 11:19 PM   #3
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Zip experience with anything Barnes except their 165 XBT in .30 cal at 2400 fps.

"Good enough" accuracy = ~1"++ 3-shot groups at 100 & no signs of tipping past 300 yds. 300 yd groups around 4-5", & some of that's me. My "low-velocity" bullet of choice for elk.

Ballistic Coefficient is very high due to the added length-for-weight, but as you mentioned, a bit of a internal case volumne loss associated.

All mine's been rifle-stuff ... & with excellent results.

Too, I've heard of the bullets not obturating to the rifling due to the "hard" cpper/solid bullet. The metal is annealed to proper hardness & does - all have full-groove rifling that I've shot.

As with any compenent change, always work up from known data.

Actually, for a .44/.45 cal-class handgun I'd not spend the big $s using such a premium bullet, unless for a .44 special level SD loading, or similar. A hard-cast bullet will shoot through almost anything reasonable & kill it just as dead as a $.50 bullet will.
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