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    Just found this

    Not meant to start a caliber war, (of course it will).
    Has anyone else seen test using soap bars as test material. This seems to give a pretty good idea of expansion and penetration, plus wound cavity comparisons.

    Interesting idea. I know there are recipes online for home made soap. I wonder how the cost compare to home made ballistics jell?

    YouTube - Ammo test - 357 magnum ,45 ACP, 40SW in soap bars


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    The next time I'm attacked by a bar of soap I'll keep this in mind.
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    It appears if attacked by a bar of soap the 357 produces the largest wound channel but all three demonstrated good penetration. Soap like ballistics gel will allow comparisons of different bullets and calibers but never give an exact comparison on how a round will perform on living flesh.
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    Soap used to be a common test media in the 70's - 80's. Same as modeling clay.
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    Lightbulb Tiny Bubbles,...........

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    Soap doesn't have bones.
    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    I don't need my wife asking how all the soap was opened and now has big holes in it,I guess I could put a piece of heavy string thru it and say I made soap on a rope
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    Dang! Started my experimental career around age 12 with .22s shot into bars of Ivory Soap to get an idea of expansion. I must have been inspired by the Thompson-LaGarde cadaver tests, because then I moved onto shooting solids and HPs into dead rabbits to see the effects.
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    Oh well Smitty, you did better than I did. I shot both .22 solids and hollow points into live rabbits to gauge the effects. Both styles of bullets invariably resulted in rabbit dinners with any kind of decent hits and actually even with some less than decent hits. Cottontails always had an unbecoming lack of tenacity in my experience.
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    I found the video interesting in an entertaining kind of way. The .357 was shot out of a carbine not a pistol though

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