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I was thinking of order some 9mm +P to use for home protection. They are expensive, but I'm sure they'll preform better than regular ammo in a situation where I need the most. It's supposed to be a hollowpoint bullet which has the penetrating and feeding reliability of an FMJ. I haven't shot it yet however, still waiting for the shipment to come. Who here uses these ammo or knows about them? Got good/bad reviews?



http://www.dakotaammo.net/products/glaser/powrball.htm



Pow'RBall (tm)

Glaser has expanded their line of premium high velocity ammunition to include the Pow'RBall(tm) bullet design. Pow'RBall is a breakthrough concept designed and developed by renowned bullet maker Peter R. Pi, Sr. This bullet design is so unique it now carries a U.S. Patent.

100% Bullet Weight Retention

The Pow'RBall(tm) is a controlled expansion bullet capped with a polymer ball giving it a "full metal jacket" or rounded ball is smooth and slick. It will not hang up or snag as it guides the cartridge effortlessly into the chamber. The jackted bullet's lead core is shaped into a specially designed cavity that promotes deep penetration and high weight retention. All of this aids in energy transfer that produces stopping power.



Pow'RBall will not get plugged by heavy clothing. This ammunition will give you confidence and peace of mind knowing you can count on it in a critical situation.


 

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No one has mentioned it yet, but I remember when this round was first reviewed that it was seen as a way to comply with states that had "No-Hollowpoint"-type laws. Given that the profile is nominally the same as hardball, I wouldn't expect many feeding problems. .45 Caliber- 165 grain at 1200 fps is a nice bonus, too.
 

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Another benefit of the round is that if forced into a shooting situation, heavy outer clothing like denim will not plug up. This can happen in hollow points. The Powrball design solves this.
 

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az larry said:
Another benefit of the round is that if forced into a shooting situation, heavy outer clothing like denim will not plug up. This can happen in hollow points. The Powrball design solves this.
That's been a big problem with some hollow points, they get plugged up and act like hardball ammo.
 
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And if they do get plugged up by, does that decrease stopping power?
 

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Here is a DOJ-FBI study into bullet wounds, it gives you a lot of information about the subject. The answer to your question appears on page 7 of the Adobe Reader, that is document page 4, and the Conclusions shown on the last page.



Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness.

http://www.firearmstactical.com/pdf/fbi-hwfe.pdf



The simple answer is that an expanded bullet, as shown in the photo above, makes a bigger hole than a hardball, full metal jacket, or a hollow point that is plugged with clothing or other debris.
 
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I see, thanks. Does this PowRBall tend to penetrate walls easier than regular hollowpoints, though?
 
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Okay, I got them. Anybody use these for home protection?
 

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9 mm Corbon 100 gr +P PowerBall 1555 f/s from G17

BG: pen=10.9”, RD=0.60”, RW=93.9gr

4 layer denim: pen=11.4”, RD=0.58”, RW=97.5gr

The mighty 4.7” of pen after the auto windshield was not comforting…



.40 S&W Corbon 135 gr Powerball from S&W 4006

BG: vel=1362 f/s, pen=11.6”, RD=0.65”, RW=131.4gr

4 layer denim: vel=1359 f/s, pen=12.1”, RD=0.65”, RW=131.9gr

auto windshield: vel=1365 f/s, pen=7.9”, RD=0.61”, RW=103.6gr



.45 ACP Corbon 135 gr +P Powerball from 1911

BG: vel=1230 f/s, pen=12.1”, RD=0.70”, RW=158.8gr

4 layer denim: vel=1267 f/s, pen=11.8”, RD=0.66”, RW=159.7gr

auto windshield: vel=1251 f/s, pen=5.5”, RD=0.73”, RW=143.5gr



The frequent core-jacket separations and rounded leading edges of the PB loads are a concern, as is their poor terminal performance after intermediate barrier penetration. We were frankly unimpressed with these loads. If you have to use Corbon handgun loads, stick with their DPX loadings of the superb Barnes XPB all copper bullets.
 

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Welcome Doc. I am not familiar with you (I don't think), but it sounds like others here are and it aslso sounds like you are a great addition to the forums!



Ron
 
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DocGKR said:
PB loads are a concern, as is their poor terminal performance after intermediate barrier penetration. We were frankly unimpressed with these loads. If you have to use Corbon handgun loads, stick with their DPX loadings of the superb Barnes XPB all copper bullets.


Thanks for the info. I spent $50 for 3 cases of 20 rounds on it too.
 
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