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Terminal Ballistics Test Data (FBI Gelatin Tests)
« on: August 05, 2011, 10:02:05 AM »
Continuing on with the posting of information on terminal ballistics (see thread on FBI Report on Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness), the following information may be of use to people when considering what to load their CCW, personal defense and home defense firearms with. 

The full version of the chart in PDF format is available here, with a much abbreviated version below.

There are many factors that go into choosing whether to even own or carry a firearm for personal protection, how to carry it on or about your person, how to store it in the home or vehicle and which loads to put in it.  No one factor can determine for you which load to put in a defensive firearm but, hopefully, this information is a useful piece of that puzzle.

How to read the data
The fields given in each row are:

{caliber} {load} {bullet mass@muzzle vel.} {bullet momentum} {muzzle energy} {penetration} {recovered diameter} {wound volume} {penetration} {recovered diameter} {wound volume} {average wound volume} {free recoil} {avg wound volume per unit free recoil}

With the bullet mass given in grains, muzzle velocity given in feet per second, bullet momentum given in pounds feet per second, muzzle energy given in foot-pounds and free recoil given assuming a 1.88 pound pistol.

Two sets of  {penetration} {recovered diameter} {wound volume} are given, with the first representing data for rounds fired at bare gelatin and the second representing data for rounds fired at clothed gelatin.



357MAG Fed JHP 158@1200 27.1 mv 505 E BR 16.5" 0.50" 3.24cu CL 15.9" 0.64" 5.12cu avg 4.18 6.07 re 0.69
357MAG Fed JHP 125@1265 22.6 mv 444 E BR 10.7" 0.49" 2.01cu CL 11.8" 0.51" 2.40cu avg 2.20 4.22 re 0.52
357MAG Rem G.S. 125@1220 21.8 mv 413 E BR 14.4" 0.56" 3.55cu CL 20.6" 0.48" 3.72cu avg 3.58 3.92 re 0.91
357MAG Win Silvertip 145@1166 24.2 mv 437 E BR 15.8" 0.58" 4.17cu CL 12.9" 0.64" 4.15cu avg 4.16 4.82 re 0.86
9x19 3-D 115@1178 19.4 mv 354 E BR 11.6" 0.54" 2.66cu CL 13.9" 0.48" 2.52cu avg 2.59 3.10 re 0.84
9x19 CCI/Speer GD+P 124@1155 20.5 mv 367 E BR 13.2" 0.62" 3.99cu CL 16.1" 0.53" 3.55cu avg 3.77 3.46 re 1.09
9x19 CorBon +P 115@1317 21.6 mv 442 E BR 8.9" 0.52" 1.90cu CL 10.2" 0.61" 2.98cu avg 2.44 3.87 re 0.63
9x19 CorBon XTP 124@1123 19.9 mv 347 E BR 13.9" 0.56" 3.44cu CL 18.3" 0.46" 3.04cu avg 3.24 3.27 re 0.99
9x19 Fed +P 115@1237 20.3 mv 390 E BR 11.2" 0.53" 2.48cu CL 10.6" 0.62" 3.20cu avg 2.84 3.41 re 0.83
9x19 Fed HydraShok 147@ 995 20.9 mv 323 E BR 21.4" 0.37" 2.30cu CL 15.6" 0.60" 4.41cu avg 3.28 3.61 re 0.91
9x19 Fed Silvertip 115@1091 17.9 mv 304 E BR 10.1" 0.63" 3.13cu CL 11.8" 0.58" 3.12cu avg 3.13 2.66 re 1.18
9x19 Hornady XTP 147@ 918 19.3 mv 275 E BR 22.1" 0.44" 3.36cu CL 20.5" 0.46" 3.41cu avg 3.18 3.07 re 1.04
9x19 PMC/Eldorado SF 124@1118 19.8 mv 344 E BR 10.7" 0.63" 3.32cu CL 20.1" 0.41" 2.65cu avg 2.98 3.24 re 0.92
9x19 Rem 147@ 987 20.7 mv 318 E BR 18.1" 0.51" 3.71cu CL 15.9" 0.59" 4.36cu avg 4.03 3.55 re 1.14
9x19 Rem 124@1109 19.6 mv 338 E BR 12.4" 0.60" 3.52cu CL 13.7" 0.57" 3.50cu avg 3.51 3.19 re 1.1
9x19 Rem +P+ 115@1221 20.1 mv 380 E BR 10.8" 0.63" 3.37cu CL 10.9" 0.62" 3.29cu avg 3.33 3.33 re 1
9x19 Win Black Talon 147@ 946 19.9 mv 292 E BR 14.8" 0.60" 4.20cu CL 16.4" 0.61" 4.78cu avg 4.49 3.26 re 1.38
9x19 Win Ranger +P+ 115@1320 21.7 mv 444 E BR 9.6" 0.53" 2.11cu CL 10.2" 0.65" 3.37cu avg 2.74 3.89 re 0.7
9x19 Win Ranger Talon 147@ 864 18.1 mv 243 E BR 13.8" 0.61" 4.03cu CL 15.2" 0.59" 4.17cu avg 4.10 2.72 re 1.51
9x19 Win Silvertip 147@ 902 18.9 mv 265 E BR 14.6" 0.53" 3.22cu CL 18.1" 0.47" 3.14cu avg 3.18 2.97 re 1.07
45ACP Win. B.T. 230@ 886 29.1 mv 400 E BR 11.9" 0.77" 5.56cu CL 13.9" 0.74" 6.00cu avg 5.78 7.01 re 0.83
45ACP Win Silvertip 185@ 951 25.1 mv 371 E BR 10.7" 0.78" 5.11cu CL 10.9" 0.73" 4.56cu avg 4.84 5.22 re 0.93
45ACP Fed HydraShok 230@ 854 28.1 mv 372 E BR 14.9" 0.71" 5.90cu CL 15.4" 0.64" 4.97cu avg 5.43 6.51 re 0.83
45ACP Fed Hi-Shok 185@ 953 25.2 mv 373 E BR 13.3" 0.63" 4.15cu CL 12.4" 0.74" 5.33cu avg 4.74 5.24 re 0.9
45ACP CCI/Speer GD +P 200@1062 30.3 mv 500 E BR 11.7" 0.75" 5.17cu CL 18.8" 0.55" 4.47cu avg 4.82 7.61 re 0.63
45ACP CCI/Speer GD 230@ 896 29.4 mv 409 E BR 16.0" 0.69" 5.98cu CL 18.9" 0.59" 5.17cu avg 5.58 7.17 re 0.78
45ACP CCI/Speer GD 185@1041 27.5 mv 445 E BR 11.9" 0.68" 4.34cu CL 14.8" 0.68" 5.36cu avg 4.85 6.26 re 0.77




For fun and practical terminal ballistics testing, be sure to check out Old_Painless' work over at The Box o' Truth.

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Re: Terminal Ballistics Test Data (FBI Gelatin Tests)
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