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 13.9-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.452-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 90gr. FTX Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||12.4||13||13.1||15||16|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.35||0.46||0.47||0.49||0.49|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||89||89.1||89.3||89.5||90|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||888||897||901||928||935|