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Old March 20, 2020, 05:32 PM   #1
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Prograde .357 magnum 200gr hard cast "bear grade" in clear ballistics gel.



Test Gun: Smith & Wesson Model 65
Barrel length: 3 Inches
Ammunition: Prograde .357 Magnum 200gr Hard Cast.
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 1097fps
Gel Temperature: 71

https://general-cartridge.com/2020/0...allistics-gel/
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Old March 20, 2020, 05:37 PM   #2
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No pics of the Gel Block?
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I know that Balistics Gel is merely a tissue simulent, but until the day comes in which convicted registered sex offenders are put to good use as a testing medium for ballistics, it's the best we've got. Besides, Ballistics Gel is probably the closest thing to the sort of human sludge that typically requires the use of a firearm in self-defense.
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Old March 20, 2020, 08:21 PM   #3
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It sounds like it drilled straight thru four 16” blocks. Just what it was designed to do.
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Old March 20, 2020, 09:16 PM   #4
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It sounds like it drilled straight thru four 16” blocks. Just what it was designed to do.
About the size of a pencil?

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Old March 20, 2020, 10:12 PM   #5
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It is advertised as a “Bear load”. Penetration is king for an anti Yogi handgun load
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Old March 23, 2020, 10:21 AM   #6
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I've seen similar tests done with comparable bullets. All with the same results. Buffalo Bore 147 gr 9mm did exactly the same thing, 60"+ of penetration. They had the same 16" long blocks and it went through all 4. They did not catch the bullet. Similar heavy for caliber hardcast in 40 S&W, 10mm, and 45 ACP also gave 50"+ penetration, but they did manage to catch those bullets.
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Old March 24, 2020, 12:01 AM   #7
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I wonder with ammo like this if there's any reason to own a revolver in a larger caliber other than competition shooting.

I mean, I love my .45 wheelguns, but it wouldn't be much fun hauling them around in the woods when a .357 that weighs half as much is available.
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Old March 24, 2020, 05:59 AM   #8
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Old March 24, 2020, 11:06 AM   #9
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If you are ever charged by four blocks of gel at 10 feet, this will do it!

Back in the old days, people would take a bullet and put it on an anvil and hit it with a big hammer.

Good hard cast will dent. Bad hard cast will shatter. Regular cast will flatten like a pancake.

Large heavy game animals need good hard cast bullets. The bigger the better.
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