Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Winchester 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 17.86-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.508-inches, retaining 99% 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 Winchester 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
|200rds – 38 Special +P Winchester Defender 130gr. PDX1 Bonded JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||14.9||15.1||15.6||16.5||27.2|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.35||0.35||0.6||0.61||0.63|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||128.5||128.9||129||129.3||129.6|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||817||829||854||856||858|