There are many excellent older cartridges with performance constrained by the metallurgy available for the firearms at the time they were designed. Some are so good, as in the 45-70 Government, they have been updated for modern pressures and re-released as modern cartridges, others, like the 32 ACP will probably remain with low operating pressures, due to the number of guns in existence.
Is there a way to bring modern performance to the low pressure cartridges through advanced projectile design and manufacturing? At Lehigh, the world’s most innovative projectile and ammunition manufacturer, the answer is a bold YES.
We are pleased to announce the release of our Xtreme Cavitator family with the first cartridge being the venerable 32 ACP.
The Xtreme Cavitator uses a unique geometry to form a vapor pressure spike at the nose blanketing the flank of the bullet with a long envelope of air as it passes through media eliminating side drag and allowing deep penetration. The heck you say? No, it isn’t voodoo or marketing hype, it is physics. If you are bored, look up super cavitation torpedoes; the dang Russians where there first. The fact is, all bullets create cavitation; we just created a design with a unique nose and an air reservoir groove to accentuate the effect. How does 13.5” of penetration from a 32 ACP in 10% gel sound?
We were not satisfied with a deep penetrating solid, but then applied the science of our XP and XD technologies to use the nose to redirect the hydraulic energy radially, creating a larger permanent wound cavity than any expanding solid. We merged this concave surface into a square nose that defeats barriers by dividing the hoop strength of the contact media.
The end result is a conservation of energy from a square nose to breech entry barriers, to a concave surface directing hydraulic energy outward creating an enormous wound cavity, to a cavitation point that blankets the bullet with a boundary of air reducing flank drag and allowing deep penetration.