This is a follow up to my initial Golden Saber review from the P3-AT section. After having to wait a month between shots to collect enough jugs to shoot one more round, I got tired of waiting and decided to try the wet phone book method instead. This gave me an opportunity to try out a lot more than I would otherwise. All shots were fired from point-blank range. The lineup was a follows, from left to right: Remington Golden Saber in .380, MagTech First Defense in .380, Glaser Safety Slug in .357 Magnum, Speer Gold Dot in .357 Magnum, and Winchester White Box JHP in .45 ACP.
First up, the Remington Golden Saber in .380, fired from my LCP! Contratry to the water jug test, wet paper produced a much more pronounced effect. Three shots were fired, and they all penetrated between 10" and 10.5"! Nice consistency with decent penetration. As you can see, one opened more nicely than the others but all opened to some extent.
Next, my first .380 round tested, the MagTech First Defense. Shooting into the paper showed that the sharp-edged hollow points of this round had a cookie-cutter effect that punched a nice little dot of cardboard plugging the hollowpoint; neither of these rounds opened as nicely as my earlier round through the water jugs. What really concerned me was the penetration; once penetrated 11.5", while the other only penetrated 7.5".
Next are the Glaser Safety Slug, Speer Gold Dot, and Winchester .45 JHP. The Safety Slug penetrated 10"; the jacket opened unevenly and only some of the shot was released. The Gold Dot did what it was supposed to do and produced a perfect expansion with a penetration of 8". The Winchester .45 ACP JHP also penetrated 8" while producing even expansion.
Bill, I hope that these help restore faith in your Golden Saber ammunition. And to everyone else, shot placement and reliability are critical, but at the same time I like knowing just how the bullet is going to behave when it hits a target. And also, it's a lot of fun! I had a blast doing this test! I have more pictures at full resolution if anybody wants to see anything in particular!
Edited 12/24/09 to show pictures again...