Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox
Federal HydraShok 185gr
I don't have any shooting experience with this new critical Defense by Hornady, but I believe it to be a bunch of malarky with that little insert. I plan on testing it once weather permits, but that will be a while.
I did not thank much of it when it first came out either. But after a lot of research I changed my mind. I will get the links together and post them for review.
The C defiance and C duty have a lot of similarities. But are very different. At first sight they look the same. Both use the same bullet both use nickel plated brass. The only visual difference is the duty has a H stamped in the red tip.
The tip dose a few things for both rounds.
#1 it keeps the cavity from getting clogged causing it not to expand.
#2 aids in bullet expansion. (As log as the cavity dose not clog the round will expand anyway.)
#3 (this is a little iffy to me. I have not researched this but I have ben told by many different people.) it prevents premature expansion. Which so I'm told can be caused by shooting a target with heavy clothing. Causing the round to start to expand before entering the body. Thus slowing the round down. Which may cause under penetration. (Like I said I dont know about that. But I have heard it more than once.)
The bullet is not bounded. This is because bonding has its good and its bad sides. The bad is when the round impacts a barrier such as a car windshield it gets badly deformed. (This is the part of FBI testing most rounds fail). Causing the bullet to lose velocity very quickly resulting in under penetration. This is because the round dose not sheds the damaged material instead it tries to hold its self together causing resistance. The C duty and C defiance is not bounded but instead has a large inter locking band which causes the round not to have jacket separation just as good as bonding. But because it is not bonded it can shed that damaged material allowing it to maintain most of its velocity.
Other than the casing and primer this is ware the similarities end. The C defiance charged with low flash, low recoil powders making it ideal for shorter barrels. Example 3.5" and under. The C duty has a higher charge, and low flash powders. This makes it better for longer barrels such as 4" and up. The duty is said to be more for Leo use for this reason most people don't carry a full size gun everyday. The problem with using the C duty in a short barrel is the added recoil.