Ballistic Gel Testing
We tested this Speer 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 12.04-inches into the gelatin. Our test rounds ended the test with an average expanded diameter of 0.714-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 Speer 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
|500rds – 45 ACP Speer LE Gold Dot 185gr. JHP Ammo Gel Test Results|
|Bullet Depth (in.)||10.4||11.2||12||12.6||14|
|Expanded Diameter (in.)||0.7||0.71||0.72||0.72||0.72|
|Expanded Weight (gr.)||183.4||183.9||184.3||184.3||185|
|Bullet Velocity (fps)||973||995||999||1001||1030|