Round 3 - 9mm JHP's
All testing was done with a Glock 17.
Phone books were fully soaked for 16 hours. Altitude was
approximately 5200 feet, and temperature was about 70 degrees.
I've put a
CCI aluminum 115 grain ball round and some coins in the pictures for a
sense of scale. All rounds have been purchased in the past 9
months or sooner, so they should be of recent manufacture.
Regarding penetration: In short, I screwed up the penetration
measurements. Some of the phonebooks either weren't soaked
enough, or were of different material, or something to that effect as
the numbers I got changed wildly when I switched out the first batch of
shotup phonebooks out for a clean batch of phone books. For
example, on my first batch of phone books, the winchester 147gr white
box penetrated 9 inches through 4 layers. When I fired a WWB
147gr into 4 layers on the second batch of phone books as a control
(after noticing the penetration numbers were way lower on the rounds in
group 2 vs group 1), I got a penetration of 7 inches. So when
comparing penetration numbers here, do
NOT compare group 1 penetration numbers to group 2 numbers.
I used a standard 100% cotton tshirt in my test. Test #1 was two
layers: The bullet had to cross the front of the shirt and the back of
the shirt before hitting the phone books. Test #2 was four
layers: I folded the tshirt in half, causing the bullet to cross
effectively two tshirts before hitting the phone books. Bullets
on the left were 2 layer shots, bullets on the right are 4 layer shots.
As a final note, here's why you do NOT use FMJ's for defensive usage
unless you have zero choice. When i was finishing up my group 2
tests, I fired 2 124gr FMJ's through 2 layers and 4 layers, and the
penetration numbers speak for themselves: 14.0" and 14.5". Both
bullets were totally undeformed, and looked like they could of been
Golden Saber 124gr +p and Ranger RA9TA
Comments: The golden sabers did fine, though the Rangers
surprised me with a core/jacket separation on the two layer test.
Both the jacket and core went pretty deep, so I wonder if it was
just a hot round and the extra velocity made it shred apart.
|Ranger T 127gr +p+
||jacket 10.0" core 11.0"
|Golden Saber 124gr +p
Winchester White Box 147gr
Comments: As in previous tests, these continue to impress
me with their good performance with a budget price.
Federal Hydra-Shok 147gr
Comments: I've not been a fan of Hydra's since my first
batch of tests. Surprisingly they (somewhat) redeem themselves
here by having a flawless performance. Still, I don't fully trust
Hydra's in a SHTF situation due to the results I've had in the past.
Maybe the 5th round of testing (denim) will change my mind.
Golden Saber 147gr and
Ranger RA9T 147gr
Comments: The Rangers left me a
tad disapointed here, I expected a bit better expansion.
The Golden Sabers were more uniform and plain bigger.
When I shot these 4 rounds and got the penetration numbers below, I
also fired (not shown) a WWB 147gr as a control round through 4 layers
to verify my penetration numbers. The control round gave me 7"
(as compared to the 9" in the first group), which is why I had to
divide my penetration results into 2 groups.
|Ranger T 147gr
|Golden Saber 147gr
Federal HST 124gr
Comments: The 124gr HST's expanded decently, but their
penetration was a bit on the low side. This makes sense due to
lower weight of the bullet compared to the 147gr varieties, and the
fact that they aren't high velocity like the RA9TA +p+ rounds.
People looking for a round that expands well
but wanting to keep the over penetration risk down may want to consider
the HST 124gr.
Federal HST 147gr
Comments: Finally, my favorite (and ccw carry )
round. The Federal 147gr HST. So powerful, it could take
your head right off. Well er, hopefully.
Too many Dirty Harry movies lately :) Decent penetration, with
the typical HST huge expansion, they continue to impress me with their