There’s a lot of wild-ass shotgun ammo out there, from Winchester’s “judge not lest ye be Judged” PDX-1 (three steel discs and a bunch ‘o BBs) to Oleg Volk’s favorite expanding Dupo20 slugs (1 1/8″ diameter entry hole). In the handgun realm, there’s plenty of hollow-point action (e.g., Hornady Critical Defense) and some frangible fury (e.g. Extreme Shock). We’re still following our Triple Threat amigos (bolo round connected by Kevlar strings). Meanwhile, Winchester has joined the race for unconventional ammunition with their new Varmint HE 3/1 ammo . . .
The company claims their new 37 gr plated HP fragmenting expansion .22LR bullet achieves a rather brisk 1435 fps. Upon contact, the “programmed” hollow-point fragments into three “forward segments,” followed by a solid rear core designed for “explosive impact energy plus penetration.”
For those of you who eat varmints, this could be something of a problem. For those of you who don’t, Winchester’s new ballistic offering could provide a distinct advantage in the lethality department. Through-and-through vs. you’re through? In fact, does Winchester’s triple play put .22LR back near the top of the deck as a serious self-defense round?
Over at thefirearmblog.com, commentator zincorium puts Winchester’s Varmint HE 3/1 Fragmenting Expansion .22LR ammo in its proper perspective.
Expanding anti-animal rounds are naturally going to look very similar to expanding anti-personnel rounds. We’re animals, after all.
The controversy over dum-dum bullets has always been silly and political. When you shoot something, you should want every possible factor to be in favor of it dying. Otherwise, you have no business shooting it.
Hunters are definitely going to use expanding bullets unless the animal is so large that the penetration of those rounds wouldn’t be sufficient to hit vitals.