Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Federal Ammunition 38 Special ammo by firing five rounds with a S&W 640 with a 2.125-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 15.82-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.35-inches, retaining 100% of the projectile's original weight.
On this page, you'll see video of our tests including photographs that detail the ammunition before/after firing it through a four-layer barrier into gelatin. Also, you'll see how this Federal Ammunition 38 Special ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 38 Special.
To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|1000rds – 38 Special +P Federal LE 125gr. Hi-Shok JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||13.5||14||14.5||17.8||19.3|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.35||0.35||0.35||0.35||0.35|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||124.4||124.5||124.5||124.5||124.5|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||829||841||843||846||848|