Buffalo Bore .40 S&W Outdoorsman Ammo

Buffalo Bore 40 ammo

Looking for 30″ of penetration?  The new Outdoorsman load from Buffalo Bore for the .40 S&W cartridge will give you exactly that.

The load uses a 200 grain, hard-cast, flat-nose bullet at 1000 fps to achieve deep penetration for punching through skulls and other large bones of animals that pose a threat while spending time outdoors.  According the the company, the load gives “roughly 30 inches of straight-line penetration in flesh and bone.”

Buffalo Bore states they are able to get the 1000 fps velocity while staying within SAAMI pressure limits by using a hard cast bullet instead of regular lead or jacketed bullets.  With two different Glock 23 pistols, Buffalo Bore obtained 962 fps and 969 fps velocities.

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  • noob

    Can this be paired with a Lone Wolf Distributors G9 carbine to go hunting for medium sized game? could this be a decent deer gun?

    it would be interesting to see a modern “tactical” spin on cowboy companion guns – a pistol and a rifle both chambered in the same cartridge and used for survival and self protection in the wild.

    • Ian

      ~440 ft-lbs at the muzzle, which will only plummet due to the non aerodynamic nature of the bullet is rather inhumane for something deer sized.

      • Travis.

        So, it’ll take down a human, but you think it won’t work on a deer? Especially if we’re still talking about a 16″ barrel, Ruger PC4 or something similar? I think it will work, probably a great tree stand or brush round… just saying.

    • Raven

      “it would be interesting to see a modern “tactical” spin on cowboy
      companion guns – a pistol and a rifle both chambered in the same
      cartridge and used for survival and self protection in the wild.”

      There’s plenty of ways do to that without resorting to a nonexpanding solid for hunting. Ruger 77/357, anyone?

      • Duray

        What’s wrong with non expanding pistol slugs?I hunt with 300 grain hard cast. Lots of people do.

      • Komrad

        You can definitely argue (and would probably win) that round for round, any magnum revolver cartridge will be better than any non-magnum autoloader caliber. Hell, most magnum revolver calibers will outpace even 10mm or .460 Rowland.

        What this offers is something like 15+1 capacity compared to 5 or 6. Not to mention and autoloader is arguably better against anything other than bear. moose, and similarly large game. I’d rather have 15 or 16 tries to hit a rabid coyote or raccoon than just 5 or 6.

        Also, why bother with getting a 77/357 or 77/44 when there are Winchester, Henry, and Marlin produced .357 and .44 lever guns available with greater capacity? I’ve seen some pretty nicely riced out Marlin leverguns that would probably qualify for the tactical moniker.

  • bbmg

    “roughly 30 inches of straight-line penetration in flesh and bone.”

    We are living in a scientific golden age, why be so vague? Give us an actual average penetration depth, in a specific medium.

    • Ian

      This more than likely (see, vague) means that they did not actually test anything scientifically, i.e. using prepared ballistic gelatin. My guess is they either had some idiot shoot through carcasses or tried to extrapolate their number using water jugs.

      • bbmg

        I don’t know if it’s lazy, not exaclty much effort or expense for a manufacturer to carry out such tests in a valid manner. Vague is always more appealing for marketing purposes I suppose.

  • Looking for 30″ of penetration?


  • Marc


    • Anonymoose

      Needs moar 10mm IAI.

  • Josh Apple

    What would you need 30″ of penetration for? Are hunting an elephant that is standing behind a cinder-block wall. I would point out that over-penetration might be an issue with this round but that would be redundant.

    • I love people that can’t be bothered to click the link to find anything out.

      • Josh Apple

        “This ammunition may also have tactical applications in situations where you may wish to defeat soft cover such as stick frame walls, car doors, windshields, sofas or whatever cover a bad guy may have jumped behind. Expect roughly 30 inches of straight-line penetration in flesh and bone.”

        Yes, I get it. I understand the purpose of this ammunition. I love people that can’t be bothered with sarcasm.

    • Duray

      I grew up in the middle of no where in Alaska. 30″of penetration = maybe punches through the skull of the bear chewing on you. Or, wait for a doe to walk in close to your stand and put one through both lungs and out the other side.

    • Gabriel Owens

      not every round is for personal defense. a few of us still do hunt and enjoy being nature.

      • Phil White

        It should work well for hunting in thick woods where distances are shorter.

      • Josh Apple

        True,I spend my time hunting silhouette targets and not the four legged variety of animals.

  • That’s a pretty anemic load, actually, by BB standards. I have +P+ 9mm loads that will beat that in my Beretta.

    • Gabriel Owens

      pretty sure its the 200 grains that packs the wallop.

  • matthew_carberry

    Bear/moose up close for defense when you are still in town and can’t/don’t want to carry the .44 and don’t own a .357.

    Must be nice to live in the lower 48 where all the animals are small and stay out of your backyard. 😉

    • Gabriel Owens

      yeah you re right we dont have wild hogs, bears, or mountain lions down here. Carry on.

      • matthew_carberry

        Note the smiley face after my second sentence, that means I was joking. Secondly, you obviously weren’t the intended recipient of the first sentence, as you didn’t question what such a round might be good for.

        No offense was meant and I’m not sure how any was taken if any was. If you were kidding along, throw an emoticon in there as humor and sarcasm and offense can be hard to tell apart without nonverbal cues.