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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 94045, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. 94045

    94045 Member

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    I've been a bit disillusioned by some of the gel test lately. Widely varying results with $1.00 a round ammo isn't really what you pay for. Ammo that exits 32" of gel yet won't fully penetrate a 100 lb pig (roughly 12").

    So I decided to try some cheaper stuff in jugs.and then maybe on.a.dead hog (hog hunting) to see if it shows promise.

    Gallon Waterjugs, 2 layers t-shirt.
    Same low cost brand and lIne of jhp with cost in the $0.29 - 0.32 Round Range.

    .380 (2.75") - 2 layers tshirt, 5 layers plastic, 16.5" of water (dents rear of 3rd jug). 0.52".Diameter.
    Est. 11.8" of Gel Equivalent.

    9mm (3.125") - 2 layers tshirt, 7 Layers of plastic, 16.5 - 22" of water (found bottom of 4th jug). 0.60" Diameter.
    Est. 11.8" - 15.7" of Gel Equivalent.

    I seems like it has a shot at expanding and reasonable penetration so I guess next time I kill a hog I'll give it a shot.

    Might try .40 and .45 too if I can find it.

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  2. earlthegoat2

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    I think the hog will give more reliable real world data. Just have to get it while it’s fresh.
     
  3. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Sounds like good clean fun, that's worth something.
     
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  4. FL-NC

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    I don't think a water jug accurately replicates any animal. But fun to watch them pop!
     
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  5. WYO

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    You can buy hog stuff in the store. :) If you video it, you can see stuff from the side that you can't see from the front where you are shooting.

    (Note: In the first one, I say jug 4 a couple of times but it really is jug 3.)




    It looks like there is maybe some red mist coming from the back of the third jug in this one. (The rib on the back of the third jug shows the damage from the 9mm round from the first video plus another flesh-only hole.)

    It's kinda fun doing this stuff for rounds that don't have a lot of gel testing data. Edited to add: I also have shot jugs only, and many hard cast and Xtreme Pentrator rounds really zip through jugs, sometimes sailing through 8-10.
     
  6. 481

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    Just bring lotsa soap and a towel. Two birds, one stone. :p
     
  7. GBExpat

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    I periodically use waterjug testing in order to capture & closely inspect handgun bullets, usually lead.

    I have never used it in an attempt to replicate/approximate gel testing.
     
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  8. 460Shooter

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    Shooting water jugs is fun. That’s it
     
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  9. Drail

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    I figure any bullet that weighs at least 200 grains, penetrates through 4 jugs of water AND expands to .70 cal. is most likely going to do an acceptable job on a human. I was amazed to see that the 200 gr. .45 ACP hard cast SWC bullets we shot in USPSA plowed through all 8 jugs and continued downrange never to be recovered.
     
  10. Ben86

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    Water jug shooting is a good, fun and cheap way to see how they may open up under ideal conditions. Things often get less impressive when shooting living tissue.

    Too bad more handgun hunters don't use defensive calibers *sarcasm* and do terminal ballistics blogs.
     
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