Gelatin tests: 10mm 200 gr Gold Dot, 175 gr Silvertip, Underwood 165 gr Gol


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September 18, 2013, 03:36 PM
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osteodoc08
September 18, 2013, 03:42 PM
Thank you for the data points. Your work is appreciated

tommy.duncan
September 18, 2013, 04:03 PM
Nice post. Great info. Which pistol did you test with?

chopinbloc
September 18, 2013, 04:06 PM
Thanks for watching. Pistol was EAA Witness 4.5" barrel.

K1500
September 18, 2013, 06:46 PM
Did you find that Silvertip round buried in the mud at the range? That's a ton of tarnish on it.

chopinbloc
September 18, 2013, 06:49 PM
I thought the same thing. It was from a member at 10mm-firearms.com.

calaverasslim
September 18, 2013, 07:06 PM
Interesting. What became of the Nugent GD when you fired it?

chopinbloc
September 18, 2013, 08:06 PM
It curved sharply upward and exited the block. I have another I can test some other day. I think we have enough data on 10mm Gold Dots that we can make reasonable predictions on what to expect. I think that Nugent load probably would have gone to 14"-16" and shown excellent expansion and weight retention.

Nomad
September 18, 2013, 10:10 PM
I've always carried the Silvertips when I use factory fodder. I may want to rethink my load. Good information. Thanks.

orionengnr
September 18, 2013, 10:37 PM
Yep, I have a bunch of the SilverTip too, but in all honesty, it is a 20-25 year old bullet design. I know there is better stuff out there, and that is why I appreciate threads like this.

I've tried the Buff Bore several years ago, but now they are using the crap Montana Gold bullets...I'm not paying $40 for 20 rounds of that.

Georgia Arms and Underwood make some good 10mm ammo, but until I can find it locally and put a bunch of it through my pistol, I guess I'll be okay with the ST. :)

Thanks again.

Shawn Dodson
September 19, 2013, 07:48 AM
I've always carried the Silvertips when I use factory fodder. I may want to rethink my load.

Just curious - what's causing you to rethink your choice of Silvertip?

chopinbloc
September 19, 2013, 11:54 AM
The Silvertip showed perfectly adequate results. Good penetration and expansion and, although the weight retention wasn't perfect, it was very high. The not-exactly-nookular power level is a positive thing for defense, I think. Remember that pistol cartridges don't produce enough TSC for it to be a significant wounding factor. The only things important to pistol wounding are penetration and expansion.

The MT Gold bullet may not be a premium bonded defense bullet but I think it performed adequately in my own admittedly unscientific tests. I think 10mm velocity makes up for shortcomings in bullet design to some extent.

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