Originally posted by DocGKR:
Beat Trash: I am glad the test went well.
As I have reported for some time, there is generally no discernible difference in 9mm JHP performance between 4" and 3.5" barrels.
The Flight Control buckshot is indeed impressive--wait till you see the new #1 FC buckshot in action, it is the best multi-projectile 12 ga load we have ever tested.
How did the various .223 loads perform?
Kent Snyder said you'd been "pushing for us to make a #1 buck load for years". I definitely am looking forward to it, if only for my personal guns. Will try real hard to get the flight control loading issued, even if it's the 9 pellet OO buck loading. We have to go with what's available now.
Our duty 223 is the Winchester 55gr Silvertip. Bullet tip breaks off if dropped, bullet sets back easily, ext. Need to change. Badly.
Johann does an excellent job educating the uneducated as to why over penetration is overrated.
In bare gel, the Winchester 55 gr Silvertip started disintegrating from about 1.5" through about 3". The gel looked like it was filled with confetti within this area. After that, the only thing recovered was a .22 disc that was about 50% as thick as the diameter. Shot this test twice to ensure it wasn't a fluke. It wasn't.
The 55gr Gold Dot 223 loading (24446) was tested. It expanded well in the bare gel test, but I was disappointed in the penetration. Was around 10" if I remember correctly. Data is at the Range facility, so going from memory.
The 55 gr Federal Tactical Bonded loading (LE223T1) was amazing. Penetration was in the appropriate range for all tests except for the auto glass. It went a bit deeper, but still within an acceptable range.
I won't quote penetration depth as I don't have the figures in front of me, so I don't want to put incorrect data out there.
The Federal Bonded round was consistent throughout the various tests. Consistent is a good thing.
We conducted the following tests:
FBI - two layers of sheetrock spaced 4" apart, followed by light cloth (flannel) covering the gel block
4 layer denim
After the bare gel testing, to be honest, testing the 55gr Silvertip in the other tests was probably a waste of time and ammunition.
When I rolled the flannel off of the block after the Silvertip was shot, the bullet jacket was pulled out of the gel. The jacket was stuck half in the flannel, half in the gel.
Johann explained that all three rounds were performing as they were designed to do. His class lecture was similar to his video on their LE website. He states that the industry has designed three levels of penetration, based on what the end user wanted. These three rounds are examples of the three levels of penetration.
Friday Winchester is coming out. I'm interested to see what they have to compete with the Federal Tactical Bonded rounds.
Sorry if this got long winded... Coffee kicked in.