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Starfire .45

NNNN Senior MemberPosts: 25,005 Senior Member
I bought a box of PMC starfire .45 acp HP's just because I could.

They look like there is a lamprey mouth in the HP hole.

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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,803 Senior Member
    In 1992 I was my early 20's and had just started working at the LGS. It was 1993 when the FBI finalized the framework for the wound ballistic testing protocols and that was when all the ammo makers started designing rounds to match. I wasn't really aware of this at the time - only that a lot of wazoo new hollowpoints were hitting the market. My similar age group co-workers and I all started collecting our milk jugs, and I put together a collection of all the happy little mushrooms that resulted so that we might determine the best round to use.

    Knowing what I now know, I don't really care much as long as it fires, but if force to state a preference, am actually leaning more towards the old solid lead Keith-ish profiles. But as I recall, the Starfire .45's opened BIG. I know they were wider than the FINAL diameter of the Black Talons, but can't remember if they were wider than the Talons would have been at full spread.
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Back when they first hit the market, Starfires got the nickname "flying ash tray". The name is still pretty appropriate. A counterman at a LGS I used to frequent pretty regularly had a starfish-shaped scar in the web of his left hand between the thumb and forefinger from a ND with a short-barreled 9MM loaded with Starfire ammo. The scar was almost the diameter of a nickel.
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  • ThomThom New Member Posts: 23 New Member
    I thought fly ash tray was 230 gr GOLD DOT ( SPEERS )
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,005 Senior Member
    The first Starline ammo I had was .357, that seemed to shoot well.

    I got this to shoot jugs anyway.

    But, the inside of the HP looks different that I remember seeing before.
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Thom wrote: »
    I thought fly ash tray was 230 gr GOLD DOT ( SPEERS )

    I always thought the "flying ashtray" moniker was the old fashioned military hardball.

    Ned, I'm not familiar, is this stuff hard to find or just budget priced? The Hornady Critical Defense stuff I use for carry is dang pricey.
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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,393 Senior Member
    Thom wrote: »
    I thought fly ash tray was 230 gr GOLD DOT ( SPEERS )
    Originally, the "Flying ashtray" moniker belonged to the Speer 200gr HP (pre gold dot). IIRC

    The Starfire bullets were designed by Tom (?) Bruzinzki (sp?) the same guy that came up with the Hydra- Shok.

    I've still got some around here somewhere in 9mm and POSSIBLY 40 :uhm:
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  • LerchessLerchess Senior Member Posts: 550 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Originally, the "Flying ashtray" moniker belonged to the Speer 200gr HP (pre gold dot). IIRC

    This is my understanding as well. I had some at one point in time and they hollowpoints were HUGE.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,005 Senior Member
    I always thought the "flying ashtray" moniker was the old fashioned military hardball.

    Ned, I'm not familiar, is this stuff hard to find or just budget priced? The Hornady Critical Defense stuff I use for carry is dang pricey.

    It is not a steady offering at the LGS's and was about the same price as Hornady ammo, the other box I bought was Hornady 10mm 155gr XTP
    and it was a dollar more.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 22,393 Senior Member
    Win HP and a non-gold dot 200 gr "flying ashtray"

    GDFlyingAshtray-1.jpg
    Pic shameless stolen off the www
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Starfire in 45. Took this pic a few days ago. Might go do some expansion tests this week if I get a few free minutes... uploadfromtaptalk1378061844724.jpg
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,572 Senior Member
    I still have some in .357 mag. Seems like nice stuff, but I haven't fired any. I have been saving it for a special occasion. :tooth:
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,005 Senior Member
    Shot 3 jugs today with the subject ammo, seems to expand fast; but, there is better HP ammo out there.
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