Ballistic Gel Testing
357 Magnum Gel Testing ProtocolWe tested this Hornady 357 Magnum ammo using a Smith & Wesson 640 revolver with a snub-nose 2.125" barrel. Below, you can see the results of ballistic gel testing, including the raw data from our measurements after firing rounds from 10-feet away. For our testing, we used synthetic "Clear Ballistics" gelatin and a 4-layer barrier to help detect a bullet that might plug and not expand like most shooters would like from a self-defense round.
Unfired versus Fired Round Comparison
|250rds - 357 Mag Hornady Critical Defense 125gr. FTX Hollow Point Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||15.5||15.6||16||16.8||20.4|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.5||0.52||0.53||0.56||0.57|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||123.5||123.8||124||124||124.8|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||1134||1168||1175||1206||1274|