Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Hornady 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 14.64-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.47-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 Hornady 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
|250rds - 38 Special Hornady Critical Defense 110gr.+P FTX HP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||12.1||14.7||15||15.4||16|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.45||0.47||0.47||0.48||0.48|
|Bullet Weight after shot (gr.)||109.3||109.4||109.5||109.5||109.5|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||946||947||959||974||977|
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