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    From the NOE catalog, get the hollow base wadcutter, cast of pure plus a bit of tin, load it backwards and stand on it.
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    110 or 125 gr. JHP bullets at as high velocity as possible is the right answer as suggested ... and with both plugs and muffs for your ears. That's from an old guy whose hearing is just about gone. I won't shoot anything ... ANYTHING!! ... without plugs and muffs. Have an appointment this coming Friday to be tested for a new set of hearing aids that will set me back about $ 5,300 and perhaps plus tax. Save your hearing. Big Boomer

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    JHP's might be the right answer if i wanted store bought,,,
    But I'm asking for something i can cast myself,

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    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/81...rain-flat-nose
    One possible boolit mold.
    Load them in 357 brass close to max. I use to shoot 95gr rn cast boolits I made with my RCBS or Lyman mold out of my 8-3/8" S&W they will scream and should vaporize your milk jugs.
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    My 357 Herret with the 110 grn Hollow Cavity sierras around 1900-2000fps really vaporized the cans of soup making a red ball around 3 ft in dia.

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    I have the Lyman Devastator HP for my 9mm-133 grain, that are explosive in the nine. They drop from the mold at .358 and out of a 357 magnum they'd no doubt be impressive...

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    http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/product...id4ocu0k3o80m5 is about the only HP I currently see in that size and it is a 150 gr.

    Lee has a 125 RF nosed that could be drilled for hollow point, would get even lighter with metal removed. https://www.titanreloading.com/bulle...ld-358-125-rf-

    NOE also has the http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/product...id4ocu0k3o80m5 which might gain a touch of diameter if "bumped" on the nose using a drill press or arbor press with a stop set. Or could try PC which I have never done to a hollow point so I don't know how it changes expansion but it does let you use softer lead and increases diameter.

    Maybe people will comment on the specific bullets or recall something similar that worked well for them. Me I wouldn't turn my nose up at store bought, I know not what you are "shooting" for but if the ammo for vaporization is only going to be used in limited amounts and people can recommend some projectile to use with your reloading that they know works... Not the same as casting your own projectile but might be the more efficient route to the girlfriend pleasing vaporized milk jugs. Not sure wives or girl friends care as much about our making the bullet as the do the spray of vaporization.

    The real question is totally full jug of water? Or leave a little air space so pressure builds before jug gives out? Pumpkins with small hole and water filled also work well. At least with hollow point 45 ACP.

    PS really high speed video (lots of frames per second) will provide you with slow motion viewing, and can be sped up for more rapid "expansion" of the milk jug. You take 100 frames a second and play back at 30 or 50 etc. to slow it down. Had a camera that could do 400 fps, couldn't do it super HD or for very long but you could see drops flying off a dog shaking wet coat or golf swing in slow motion. Lot of point and shoots these days have something for slow motion. And if first you don't succeed getting a good video just "shoot" again!
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    Way far from what teh OP asked but a 200 grain Core Lokt factory load .350 Rem Mag will actually create a cloud on a calm day....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    I'm not standing within 100yds of Tannerite! I suggest a 105 Lee cast of pure lead and drill it out deep to HP. Load it fast. Also the Hornady Critical Defense pink Cancer Awareness 95 grs are pretty waspy.
    Yes, this. You could also HP the mold, the lees are cheap, probably end up at about 100 grains. Use a soft alloy.

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    Dunno about milk jugs, but do have a bit of experience with a 2" S&W .38 loaded with Hornady HBWC backwards...versus barracudas. The load will decapitate a 4' cuda every time. Splatters a bit of gore on the gunnels as well.
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    Pure lead, large HP lightweight going fast. Cast some HBWC and drill them out as much as possible. That's all I got.

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    Before buying a mold, get a dozen bullets of what you think is the best bullet and shoot them. Then decide if it is worth the investment.

    Blowing up milk jugs gets old after a while. Find enough jugs, fill with water, carry them around, one shot and they are done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnostic View Post
    I have the Lyman Devastator HP for my 9mm-133 grain, that are explosive in the nine. They drop from the mold at .358 and out of a 357 magnum they'd no doubt be impressive...
    Right there you go. I would bet on that boolit out of a .357 mag. @ about 1400 fps.
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    Just on the subject of water "jugs"
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    Fill the milk jug with very hot water and then let it cool over night. The container will have a bit of pressure to it.

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    Actually filling with very hot water and letting cool will create a reverse pressure or a vacuum in the jug. When canning or preserving things heating a semi sealed container and allowing to cool creates a vacuum removing oxegon. Filled with carbonated water and a few shakes after sealed then pressure will result. On a plastic jug you will see the jug collapsing when cooled.

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    A light weight, wide/deep HP running hard. Don't cast tem too hard. The 357sig or 357mag with 125gr @ 1400fps will pretty much vaporize a 1gal jug.
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    Figure it is worth mentioning NOE has all their 358/360 molds on sale.

    This is one I mentioned, it is about page 23 of the mold specials. HP less than 150 grain, with GC so you can push it a bit.
    http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/product...r6elrotvaorgu2

    Lot of molds there, also the HBWC that some have suggested be fired backwards. I'm a little skeptical of the ballistics on that but you may well be able to get plain base gas checks on the WC end so you can push them a bit, and it is a useful mold for mild, soft lead target rounds. Fired normally (hollow base not HP) they need to be low power so the hollow base skirt doesn't rip off and get left behind as a barrel obstruction. Most put a max of 800 fps and many say not over 750 fps. Turned base forward like a massive hollow point I have no idea what sort of velocity one can get to. Lot of folks say they are not an especially good HP round, others say they are awesome.
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    All the specials.
    http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/special...r6elrotvaorgu2
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    Adding dry ice will increase pressure, too.

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