So I finally made it out to shoot a handful of types of premium self defense rounds in 357 Sig. The depth of approximetly 14" of wet pack was packed tightly into a five gallon bucket and then soaked for around 60 hrs (first trip to go shoot got postponed).
I tried to fire 2 rounds of each into the wet pack however I stopped before firing the 2nd example of the last two rounds because I ran out of places I figured were undamaged from previous shots.
Gun- Glock 32
The ammo I tested was:
Corbon DPX 125gr (2 shots)
Speer Gold dot 54234 6 petal LE packaged 125 gr (2 shots)
Speer Gold Dot 23918 5 petal 125 gr (shots)
Corbon JHP 125gr (one shot)
Winchester PDX1 125gr (one shot)
Federal HST 125gr (two shots)
Remington Golden Saber Bonded 125gr (2 shots)
If you take a look at the Corbon JHP 125gr results... I found it interesting that the jacket did separate from the core and there were lead and petal fragments through the wound path. More interesting to me though was that the large ugly piece of jacket was recovered at 13" while the core penetrated the wetpack/5 gallon bucket and was stopped by a 3/4" piece of wood behind it. The core was found laying between the two. This leads me to believe the core likely didn't separate from the jacket until sufficient penetration was reached.
Of other interesting things I saw.... I was surprised at the results of the both gold dots loads. I'll wait to post the pics to let you all see what I'm taking about. I honestly expected them to be the one of the most consistent with uniform expansion from the reputation they carry. But that wasn't the case. However... I will say... They still looked like a nasty piece of copper/lead moving at 850+mph and rotating to get hit with.
One of the Hst's rounds I shot did come into contact with the side of the bucket and I believe may have effected its total penetration as the other HST penetrated farther as did all other ammo fired. I can say for a non-Bonded bullet and expanding so agressively... these things hold together great from this and other testing.
Also... Ive shot into wet-pack using a five gallon bucket twice now with 357 sig. So far... Ive found the pressure/energy from the first round fired cracks the back of the bucket even though the wet-pack wasn't penetrated completely. I'm curious as to if others here have seen this with other calibers or if this may be a cue of the extra energy the 357sig dumps over other common calibers. Guess I need to get my brother's 40 next time and see. Maybe bring someone with a nine and or 45 also.
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And the results....
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