Originally Posted by LBnM
Finally got to shoot mine today. I was very impressed with the trigger and lack of recoil. The only jacketed bullets I had were 200gr GDHP and they shot to a very good group double action and very tight single action. I did have to tweak the adjustable sight slightly. Also shot some cowboy loads (stink!) and a few Buffalo Bore 190gr that I had on hand. Can't wait to get some 255s to shoot. It's a keeper!
Glad yours is shooting straight. Very excited about getting mine back.
Here's something somewhat related. This is a 220gr cast hollow point loaded with Blue Dot at a little above max for a 429215 cast bullet as published in the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook.
This bullet had a chrono'ed velocity of just over 1,050 fps and penetrated right to 20in in 10% gel from Clear Ballistics. It was fired through four layers of clothing and expanded to .540" diameter. Current weight is 214.4 grains.
Cast bullets always have some weight variance and the few of these I've weighed start out at about 218gr. I didn't notice any chunks of lead in the gel but I seem to have lost a few grains somewhere.
This load is a bit above max but there does not seem to be any signs of pressure. And it is under what Brian Pearce shows for a heavier bullet in his 2005 article. Recoil is stout but not uncomfortable and is actually pretty fun. It has an authoritative thump without being punishing.
I'm pretty surprised at the muzzle velocity and how well the bullet worked especially after being fired through clothing. Once I get the gun back I'll have to play with this load some more and see what we can do.
Note the bits of fabric embedded in the cavity.
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