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Federal 9mm 115gr JHP (XM9001) in Clear Ballistics Gel

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 5pins, May 18, 2019.

  1. 5pins

    5pins Member

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    Test Gun: Sig P229, Beretta Nano.
    Barrel length: 3.9, 3 inches.
    Ammunition: Federal 115gr JHP (XM9001)
    Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
    Distance: 10 feet.
    Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
    Five shot velocity average: 1190, 1128fps
    Gel Temperature 75 degrees.



    Number eight in the series is the Federal XM9001 115gr JHP. This load is often compared to the +P+ 9pble and appears to use the same bullet but pushing then with less velocity and more penetration. It also comes in at $13.99 for a box of 50.



    With the Sig 229, I got a five-shot average velocity of 1190fps with a high of 1198fps and a low of 1182fps.

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    Ten yards off hand five shots with the Sig P229

    Out of the Nano, the five shot velocity average was 1128fps with a high of 1151fps and a low of 1114fps.

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    Ten yards off hand five shots with the Beretta Nano

    The first round from the Sig P229 hit the bare gel block at a velocity of 1191fps and penetrated to 11.25 inches. The recovered diameter was .67 inches and weight was 115.2 grains. The second round's velocity was 1202fps and it penetrated to 11 inches. The recovered weight was 115.6 grains and its expansion was .66 inches.

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    In the gel covered with heavy clothing, the first round from the Sig the had a velocity of 1201fps and penetrated to 12.5 inches. The recovered diameter was .65 inches and the weight was 113.1 grains. Round two's velocity was 1220fps and it penetrated to 10.5 inches. The recovered diameter was .67 inches and the recovered weight was also 113.1 grains.

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    Using the Beretta Nano the first round in the bare gel had a velocity of 1120fps and penetration of 11.5 inches. The recovered weight was 114.2 grains and the recovered diameter was .63 inches. Round two had a velocity of 1139fps and it penetrated to 11 inches. The bullet weight was 114.4 grains and the diameter was .64 inches.

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  2. Ratshooter

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    Is this some of the 50 rounds to a box or some of the 20-25 rounds at a dollar+ ammo? The performance looks great but I won't buy the high priced boutique ammo.
     
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    Thanks. I guess I missed that. just goes to show you don't have to work an extra shift to buy decent ammo. I appreciate the testing you do.:thumbup:
     
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  5. Rock185

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    5pins, I appreciate your tests with the XM9001. I've used a fair amount of the XM9001 in the last few years, and always wondered how it might perform in gel. I've not done any gel teats, but have found the XM9001, 9BP, and 9BPLE Federal 115 JHP loads to be flawlessly reliable in my guns. All three Federal 115 JHPs have also displayed excellent accuracy in my pistols, revolvers, and carbine. Thanks again for your testing.
     
  6. Balrog

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    So, bottom line, it over expands and doesn't penetrate enough.
     
  7. Goosey

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    Average of 11.3", not that bad IMO. It depends if you need it to pass the FBI protocol. There are effective loads... that also fail to reach that 12" minimum.

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