Wednesday, August 20, 2008


2008 New Products

In-line Muzzleloading Primer

22 Win Mag Speer® TNT Green™

TNT Green™ brings exciting non-tox technology to CCI®, and is the latest load to bolster their extensive rimfire lineup. This lead-free bullet boasts devastating performance on game and outstanding accuracy. The initial offering in 22 Win Mag is a great load for varmint and small game hunters everywhere. With explosive expansion on impact, impressive accuracy and great terminal performance, it hits critters hard.

• Explosive expansion on impact
• Impressive accuracy
• Lead-free projectile

60: 22 Win Mag 30-gr TNT Green Jacketed Hollow-Point

22 Win Mag V-Max

Segmented Hollow-Point

CCI's unique Segmented Hollow-Point (SHP) bullet is now available in 22 Win Mag and a 22 Long Rifle subsonic load. This offering is ideal for bigger targets that require a larger wound area and makes perfect sense in the 22 WMR. The flat-shooting SHP is designed to break up into three sections on impact for even more stopping power. These three segments diverge from the main path for unique terminal performance on game. The subsonic 22 LR offering is great when hunting around a populated area and a quiet, effective round is needed.

• Unique bullet design segments on impact
• Great for larger targets
• Combines flat shooting with extreme terminal effects
• Available in subsonic 22 Long Rifle offering or 22 WMR

72: 22 Win Mag 40-Grain SHP
74: 22 LR 40-Grain SHP Subsonic


"Low Penetration" Ammunition for the 9mm Hi Power


Despite the trend for 9mm protection rounds that provide "adequate" penetration, there remains a contingent of people concerned about "over penetration" and the possibility of an innocent third person being injured or killed by a bullet that has completely passed through its initial target. There are also professional people working in extremely crowded scenarios that prefer ammo almost guaranteed to remain within the average human torso.

If the average upper male torso is 9" deep, some opine that penetration beyond that is unnecessary. In 10% ballistic gelatin, which closely indicates penetration in humans, most 9mm expanding loads will get between 10 and 16" penetration, depending upon maker and bullet weight. Most scribes consider 10" to be short on penetration and specify a minimum of 12" penetration. A sizable number prefer between 14 and 16" penetration depths.

A myth is that JHP expand in hard targets like wallboard or wood; usually they plug up and penetrate as would a FMJ of the same weight and moving at the same velocity. In other words, a bullet that averages 10" penetration in tissue might very well exceed that in the event of a miss and one should not expect that it will expand and stop in common house or building walls. Misses are misses and none are good, but there are 9mm rounds that consistently penetrate less than others in soft targets.

These include Aguila 65-gr IQ hollow points, Corbon 90-gr JHP +P, Corbon 115-gr JHP +P, Corbon 100-gr PowRball +P, Federal 115-gr JHP +P (9BPLE), and the 80-gr Glaser Safety Slug. Certainly, there are others, but I've not shot them personally to any great degree.

Let's take a look at what's been listed:

Aguila 65-gr IQ: From a Browning Hi Power, this round averages 1537 ft/sec and it groups well at 15 yards, and is supposed to break into three separate pieces besides the base. In 10% ballistic gelatin, the round averages around 4" to 9" penetration. While this is none to "deep" to be sure, it is pretty inconsistent. I've not seen it personally, but it has also been reported that frequently only fragments into one or two pieces and that the "wound tracks" often veer off at angles rather than penetration straight on in.

You can see that that zinc bullet of the Aguila IQ is deeply skived to enhance breaking into three pieces. The recovered bullet was fired into water. My results with this round have mirrored that of others in that it seems to be an inconsistently performing round. I don't trust this ammunition.

Corbon 90-gr JHP +P: This ammunition usually averages around 1500 ft/sec from the Hi Power and provides decent accuracy at 15 to 20 yards. Lightweight bullets for caliber do lose velocity quicker over distance than do heavier ones, but that should not be expected to make them any "safer" in the event of a miss. In 10% ballistic gelatin, penetration is normally in the 5 to 6" range. This round expands reliably and consistently fragments.

Glaser 80-gr Silver Safety Slug +P: One of the very first "pre-fragmented" rounds, the Silver uses larger shot size than the Glaser Blue. In recent years the bullet profile has been made more rounded and accuracy has improved significantly. This ammunition groups very well from the Hi Power at 15 yards or so and has proven reliable. From the Hi Power, it averages 1573 ft/sec. Its compressed shot generally penetrates up to 6 to 8."

Corbon 100-gr PowRball: Closely resembling the Safety Slug in appearance, the PowRball works entirely different. The polymer ball impacts rearward upon target impact, rupturing the jacket material and exposing the large hollow point to aid expansion. The bullet penetrates approximately 12" of ballistic gelatin and has an average velocity of 1465 ft/sec from the Hi Power. Accuracy is good and like the Glaser, its rounded bullet profile aids in reliable feeding.

The recovered PowRball bullet and fragments on the left were fired into water. The recovered bullet in the center was fired into mud. On the right are fragments of the bullet and jacket from another PowRball fired into water in which the bulk of the bullet was lost. Expansion has proven very consistent with the PowRball in several calibers regardless of the test media being used.

Federal 115-gr JHP +P: Still restricted to law enforcement sales, this hotter version of the same company's standard pressure 115-gr JHP averages between 1280 and just over 1300 ft/sec from the Browning Hi Power, depending up the lot of ammunition. Accuracy is good and the bullet's rounded ogive aids in feeding although I suspect that it's more likely to hang up in "ball only" automatics than would the PowRball or the Glaser. Expansion is aggressive and the bullet usually fragments a bit. I've not shot this ammunition as heavily as I have with some other makes, but it's always been a very good performer for me.

Corbon 115-gr JHP +P: From the Hi Power, I find this ammunition averaging from just below or just above 1400 ft/sec. It can vary with lot number, but the lowest average velocity I've obtained has been 1381 ft/sec and the highest, 1411 ft/sec. Accuracy has been good and expansion is dramatic. There's always some fragmentation as well. In ballistic gelatin, it averages between 9 and 11" penetration.

This 9mm Corbon 115-gr JHP was fired into super-saturated newspaper. Expansion in water is virtually identical.

Were I choosing ammunition from the cartridges listed, my first choice would be either Federal or Corbon 115-gr JHP +P. I'd make my final decision on whichever proved utterly reliable in my Hi Power. If both were reliable, I'd go with which gave the best groups. Performance seems very close. Second choice would be Corbon 100-gr PowRball. This stuff is not only reliable, but accurate and seems very consistent in both expansion size and penetration levels. My third choice would be the 80-gr Glaser Silver. It's reliable and gets a little more penetration than does the Corbon 90-gr JHP +P or the Aguila.

I believe that either of the 115-gr JHP bullets or the 100-gr PowRball is very unlikely to penetrate a grown man's torso, even with a straight-on shot and all seem to reliably expand.

While I normally opt for a little more potential penetration and 124-gr bullets in 9mm, should you prefer something lighter and feel better with more limited penetration, I'd take a hard look at the ammunition recommended in this report. I would NOT use Aguila despite its being the least costly.






US Signs Missile Deal With Poland... Russia Warns Of Possible Attack Against Poland


Rice: Russia playing very dangerous game

Stern American warning: US Secretary of state says NATO would not allow Moscow to 'draw a new line' in Europe; Rice also slams renewed Russian bomber patrols off Alaska, says this is not 'cost free'
Associated Press

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that Russia is playing a "very dangerous game" with the US and its allies and warned that NATO would not allow Moscow to win in Georgia, destabilize Europe or draw a new Iron Curtain through it.

On her way to an emergency NATO foreign ministers meeting on the crisis, Rice said the alliance would punish Russia for its invasion of Georgia and deny its ambitions by rebuilding and fully backing Georgia and other Eastern European democracies.

Tensions High

US: Russia should withdraw from Georgia without delay / Associated Press

Is Russia violating truce deal? White House calls on Moscow to withdraw forces 'without delay'; earlier, Russia said pullout underway, but observers say no movement detected
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"We have to deny Russian strategic objectives, which are clearly to undermine Georgia's democracy, to use its military capability to damage and in some cases destroy Georgian infrastructure and to try and weaken the Georgian state," she said.

"We are determined to deny them their strategic objective," Rice told reporters aboard her plane, adding that any attempt to recreate the Cold War by drawing a "new line" Through Europe and intimidating former Soviet republics and ex-satellite states into submission would fail.

"We are not going to allow Russia to draw a new line at those states that are not yet integrated into the trans-Atlantic structures," she said, referring to Georgia and Ukraine, which have not yet joined NATO or the European Union but would like to.

Rice could not say what NATO would eventually decide to do to make its position clear but said the alliance would speak with one voice "to clearly indicate that we are not accepting a new line."

Rice: Russia may wish to reconsider

At the same time, she said that by flexing its military muscle in Georgia as well as elsewhere, including the resumption of Cold War-era strategic bomber patrols off the coast of Alaska, Russia was engaged in high-stakes brinksmanship that could backfire.

This "is a very dangerous game and perhaps one the Russians want to reconsider," Rice said of the flights that began again with frequency about six months ago.

"This is not something that is just cost-free. Nobody needs Russian strategic aviation along America's coast," she said.

Amid worsening relations with Moscow, NATO ministers were expected to review a range of military, ministerial and other upcoming activities planned with Russia - and decide on a case by case basis whether to cancel each activity. They will also discuss support for a planned international monitoring mission in the region and a package of support to help Georgia rebuild infrastructure damaged in its devastating defeat at the hands of the Russian armed forces.

And, she suggested that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who signed an EU-backed cease-fire brokered by the French, may be unable to exert power behind the scenes against his powerful predecessor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, or the Russian military.

She said she thought the French would be seeking "an explanation from the Russians for why the Russian president either won't or can't keep his word."

"It didn't take that long for the Russian forces to get in and it really shouldn't take that long for them to get out," Rice said.


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