.22 WMR Speer 40-grain Gold Dot

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posted on September 11, 2012
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Though most of these new .22 WMR loads were for designed for hunting, the options now extend to personal defense. Speer is offering a 40-grain Gold Dot load for the .22 WMR. While I'm sure this stuff would expand more from a handgun with a longer barrel, the low velocity limited expansion out of the little North American Arms Pug. But of course, with every load there is a trade off; do you want greater expansion or deeper penetration?

Load Handgun Velocity (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.22 WMR Speer 40-grain Gold Dot NAA Pug (1-inch barrel) 741 10.75 .270 40

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