|Gun Show Acquisitions|
Specifically, both these boxes have a date with the chrono, because I want to see how close they come to the velocities as measured at the box flap.
On the left, is Hornady's new Critical Defense loading in .32 H&R Magnum; the first new loading in the caliber from a major manufacturer in more than twenty years, as far as I can tell. The claimed 1150fps velocity would be smokin' fast, but even if it topped 1000fps out of my 432PD, it would be plenty acceptable. And while other defense loadings in .32 Mag have been pretty much stuck with the antediluvian 85gr Sierra JHP, Hornady's modern FTX offers a quantum leap in bullet design over the old projectile.
On the right, we have Hornady's Critical Defense Lite .38 Spl loading. The "Lite" does not signify 30% fewer calories than the competitor's loading, but rather a reduced recoil round which, as the pink packaging implies, makes it "A Bullet, But For Girls!®" (I guess the pink ribbon on the side of the box means you can support breast cancer research while you shoot a fool in the face.)
What's interesting is the 90gr FTX bullet combined with the claimed 1200fps velocity and no +P rating. FTX bullets perform pretty well for light-for-caliber projectiles. The old Treasury "Q-load" 110gr +P+ barely broke 1,000fps out of 2" barrels with a bunch of noise and flash, and used a bullet that was designed with slide rules. I'm dying to see how close to the box flap claims this one comes, too.
If the .32 Mag averages over a thousand FPS, I'll likely order a case forthwith and consider myself set on .32 Mag defense ammo for some time to come.