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Postby UnderDude » Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:08 am

These pics are of my own tests using ammo that I sell and use. Tests were in the Northern Nevada desert, fired into the soil. Top layer is loose sand, below is hard clay. It turns out it's a pretty good test media.
This is a recovered bullet fired from a Glock 23. 40S&W 135gr Nosler JHP at 1320 FPS. Impact was approx 4 feet from the muzzle.

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I wanted to drive this bullet as fast as I safely could to check bullet failure. Obviously I found it. I didn't need to dig this one out, it stayed on the surface pretty much. 70% weight retention and it ended up thinner than the quarter next to it. Just a one time test.

These are all 40S&W bullets. Nosler 150gr JHP, Speer 165gr Gold Dot HP, Sierra 165gr JHP, Bullet Meister 180gr TMJ-HP, Nosler from above.
I personally like the Speer and Sierra loads. Good reliable expansion even at modest velocities.

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Closeup of Nosler and Speer

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These are recovered 44 Mag bullets. Sierra 300gr JSP, Hornady 240gr XTP-HP, Bullet Meister 240gr FMJ-FP
The 300gr Sierra is what I carry in the woods for bitey-scratchy critters (Bear). And NO, it's not pleasant to shoot often. I'm lucky to get through 12 rounds per session.

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This is my "little" brother firing my Smith 629. I mixed in a 300gr load with some 240gr lead SWC. Yeah, he was mad, but he's the "little" brother.

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The strangest thing that happened that day? I ran the same test on a 9mm 147gr Black Talon (original) fired from a Sig 226. Never recovered the bullet, it went too deep. Go figure.....
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