Ballistic Gel Testing
As you hunt for the best self-defense 45 ACP (Auto) ammo, we thought you might enjoy seeing the results of some testing we recently conducted with calibrated Clear Ballistics gelatin.
We shot five of these Black Hills Ammunition rounds through a four-layer cloth barrier using a Ruger SR45. The results are detailed in the video you see above as well as the photographs. Through the charts, you should get a great idea how this Black Hills Ammunition ammo stacked up relative to other 45 ACP (Auto) ammo products available to American shooters.
To get a better sense of our tests, be sure to check out all the protocols we followed when conducting our tests to determine the best self-defense ammo.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|20rds - 45 ACP New Black Hills 185gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||17.7||18.8||21.3||22.4||22.7|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.46||0.51||0.51||0.52||0.52|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||180.9||182.6||183.1||184||185.2|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||967||977||995||1014||1022|
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It looks like Black Hills used the 185gr Hornady XTP bullet for this batch. It's not a bad performer, especially if you like controlled-expansion designs, and you ponder the possibility that the bullet might pass diagonally through an extended forearm before entering the torso.
But Black Hills, at least years back, used to make different production runs with whichever bullet they could get at the best price from their suppliers. Sometimes a box of .45 185gr hollowpoints would have Hornady bullets, sometimes Remington, occasionally even a Speer Gold Dot when they found a good deal on them.