Ah, the age old stopping power question of this caliber vs. that caliber. Bigger bullet going slowly, or smaller bullet still going slowly, but faster than the bigger slower bullet? Is a .45 really "all that good?"
I had to know the ultimate truth in this matter, or I just knew my life would be in complete turmoil until I did. Answer...? I would conduct my own scientific backyard ballistic experiment. Here's how it went...
Location: My yard
Weapon: Sig 220 .45
Ammo: Federal 230 grain Hydra-shok
Ballistic media: One GI joe action figure with standard issue O.D. Jacket.
One Ken (as in Barbie) smooth boy "who knows what kind of" action figure with pink Izod shirt and a nice yellow turtle neck ensemble.
As you might imagine, they both looked good enough to shoot, although I had to make believe Joe was an informant to the Reno Injustice Department crime ring in order to pull the trigger. He just looked so damn proud.
To make this test as realistic as possible, I pryed off there heads with a screwdriver and filled them both up with Jello brand Gelatin.
Flavor: Strawberry/Banana of course.
I thought that Joe's jacket would most closely represent denim covered ballistic gelatin, while Ken's would be that of bare. (The quality of Ken's clothes was just plain embarassing).
The Test: Ken got his first. 230 Grain Hydra-shok from seven yards dead center mass. I raked up what I could find of him and bagged him up. Next came Joe. Joe's plastic was much tougher, and that little jacket looked pretty darn thick, but I let him have it with the same medicine as Ken. As it turns out, Joe wasn't so tough after all.
I proceded to my make shift laboratory (toolshed) with the remains of my ballistic jello targets for analysis.
The result: Ken was pretty messed up, although I really couldn't find much of him to analyze. In fact, all I could find of poor Joe was part of his head and one of his little black Army boots.
It's safe to say though, (and in the most scientific way that I can) that the .45 ACP 230 Grain Hydra-shok is very effective against jello filled plastic action figures at close range. I couldn't determine if the denim really had much effect on the outcome of this test, but if I had to guess, I would say it didn't do much.
Do I sleep better knowing first hand the amazing "one shot" stopping power of the .45 ACP on plastic encapsulated gelatin...?
Regards in fun,