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

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by chopinbloc, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. chopinbloc

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member




  2. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the data points. Your work is appreciated
  3. tommy.duncan

    tommy.duncan Well-Known Member

    Nice post. Great info. Which pistol did you test with?
  4. chopinbloc

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member

    Thanks for watching. Pistol was EAA Witness 4.5" barrel.
  5. K1500

    K1500 Well-Known Member

    Did you find that Silvertip round buried in the mud at the range? That's a ton of tarnish on it.
  6. chopinbloc

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member

    I thought the same thing. It was from a member at 10mm-firearms.com.
  7. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    Interesting. What became of the Nugent GD when you fired it?
  8. chopinbloc

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

    I've always carried the Silvertips when I use factory fodder. I may want to rethink my load. Good information. Thanks.
  10. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Shawn Dodson

    Shawn Dodson Well-Known Member

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

    chopinbloc Well-Known Member

    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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