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Old 02-26-2020, 01:22 PM
Hank in Arkansa Hank in Arkansa is offline
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Definitive test of Hornady Critical Duty 9mm 135gr +P

Actually, the title above is a bit of a joke. Only 1 round "tested", but still interesting. Yesterday my 13 pound mini-Weiner dog jumped a large armadillo behind my house. While they were tussling, I drew my Glock 26 loaded with Hornady Critical Duty 9mm 135gr +P. The armor plated possum was going round and round with the dog. When they separated enough for a safe shot, I put 1 round into him, with a clean instant 1 shot kill. While I didn't dissect him, I did a visual exam. Bullet went thru the armor shell, but did not exit. He bled extensively from the mouth and nose, so massive internal damage was evident. I didn't weigh him, but when I carted him off, I'd guess his weight and size to be about 2 or more times the dog. From my 9mm carbine, HP bullets normally pass completely thru armadillos, but I guess the short barrel G26 won't quite do that. In 5 gallon plastic water jugs, the Critical Duty 9mm 135gr +P bullets (from the carbine) expand perfectly and sometimes exit the jug. In the G26, they expand but do not exit. Nothing scientific here, but mildly interesting. And for PITA armadillo protectors, sorry, but they are a huge nuisance and invasive species here.
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Old 02-27-2020, 06:32 AM
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One thing is for sure, that plate will certainly give expansion a head start!
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:38 AM
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Interesting. I think there is a lot of validity to field tests. I am surprised you didn't get an exit being as the CD are low expansion, high penetration rounds. Maybe it was under the shell on the other side.
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Old 02-28-2020, 03:41 PM
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180gr Bonded Golden Saber out of a G22 kills them fast, too. So does 180gr Gold Dot out of a G23. That’s my only experience killing armadillos, with guns. Automobiles makes a larger list.
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Old 02-28-2020, 07:56 PM
Hank in Arkansa Hank in Arkansa is offline
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Over the years, I've used 9mm and 38Special on armadillos. Never lost one yet. My go-to firearm and load of choice is a Beretta Storm 9mm carbine loaded with my handloads using a Speer Gold Dot 115gr JHP. Out of the longer barrel of the carbine, this load is very close to .357Mag out of a 6" revolver. Every single one has completely exited a 'dillo side to side, no mater the angle. I've compared notes with a "professional armadillo hunter" (yes, he was hired to rid a large nursery of literally dozens of these armored possums!), and we've both concluded that .22LR is simply not an adequate humane round. That's why I use what I use. Any decent self-defense pistol or revolver round should work fine. .40 should indeed be great. By the way, armadillos are mostly nocturnal, so a weapon mounted light and laser is the way to go. My Storm has 2 lights, laser and a Zeiss red dot optic. The pistols I've used also mount lasers and fiber optic front sights.
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Old 02-28-2020, 08:00 PM
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One more thought. Armadillos are known to carry and possibly transmit Hansen's Disease (used to be called leprosy). Therefore, if someone successfully bags one, handle with care. You couldn't pay me to dissect one!
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Old 02-28-2020, 08:16 PM
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You guys must live in rural areas, right? I can't imagine using a gun in a suburban neighborhood without the cops showing up. But maybe things are different in the South.
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Old 02-28-2020, 09:02 PM
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Yep, I live in a rural area. All my nearest neighbors also shoot. Practiced for IDPA today, just behind my house.
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Old 02-28-2020, 11:34 PM
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You guys must live in rural areas, right? I can't imagine using a gun in a suburban neighborhood without the cops showing up. But maybe things are different in the South.
Most of my animal kills have been at night as a rural Sheriff’s Deputy.
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