The latest generation of the dreaded Black Talons (minus the coating) that I am familiar with were under theThat is way too much money for any magic rounds....however, aren't these the forbidden "Black Talon" without the moly coating?
You are absolutely correct regarding the validity of single round tests and the need for calibration (the pistol was a Kahr, but that's not important). I only included this video because I could only attach 1 and I thought it was intersting. But, I found others;TNOUTDOORS9 experienced jacket separation for instance and some others too. I did go on to say that I felt PMC would probably expand. But what I was actually trying to do, was reply to the OP's question; "what makes this ammo worth what CTD is selling it for?" My point was it isn't... at least IMO.First, nobody tests only a single round in gelatin, and draws any conclusion from it. Second, did you happen to notice that there was no calibration mark in the gelatin? That is REQUIRED to guarantee that the gelatin is of a proper density. Then, the gelatin has to remain at a stable temperature, sitting in the sun is guaranteed to ruin it in short order.
As PMC is just now returning to the market, it's possible that the Starfire of current design has been altered by them, in Korea. OR, the fact that it was originally designed to be used in duty-length barrels may have had some effect. The gun was a Kel-Tec PF9, with a 3.1" barrel.
I have some of the older, black box, Starfire. In .380, 9x19, .40 S&W, .44 Magnum, and .45 ACP. It has always functioned, been accurate, and expanded in water and paper media. I, personally, have never gotten into mixing K&K into ballistic blocks.