Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Hornady Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto) ammo by firing five rounds with a Ruger SR45 with a 4.5-inch barrel into calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin. Of those five rounds, we discovered the ammo penetrated an average of 17.92-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.534-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 Hornady Ammunition 45 ACP (Auto) ammunition stacks up compared to other self-defense rounds in 45 ACP (Auto).
To read more about our testing procedures and processes, please head here.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|20rds - 45 ACP Hornady XTP 200gr. HP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||16||17.5||18.3||18.5||19.3|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.47||0.55||0.58||0.62|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||200.2||200.3||200.4||200.5||200.8|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||882||896||898||907||916|
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I bought a box a while back to try this out as far as performance. I shoot a standard Springfield G.I. Spec. model, 5 inch barrel. I shot this ammo into wet phone books, through auto glass, a portion of a wooden door and through a combination of auto glass and wet phone books and at a target out to 100 yards. Performance wise, at close range, this ammo has a penetration of 10 inches (average median) in wet phone books. The expansion at 15 yards wasn