GUN The gel test, continued...

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  1. RonJeremey

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    This time we have a showdown between Federal Hydrashok 135g 9mm, Winchester 115 gr. USA JHP, and just for fun, Federal Hydrashok 180g .40.

    Reviews first, then pics.

    All of the round pentrated 1.5-2.0" inches before expansion, and the wound tract was of surprisingly similar size and shape between all 3 rounds. The .40 wound channel was actually smaller than the Winchester 9mm. I unfortunatley had no means of accuratley measuring the channel because the gel kept tearing.

    Winchester Cheapo 9mm JHP:
    Largest wound channel of all of them. 12.5" of penetration, a little less than most consider "acceptable" for personal defense, retained full bullet mass, expanded as designed, the jacket did fold back around the the round more than I would like as it would seam easily seperated from the lead. The recovered bullet had expanded to very very close to the size of the .40 expanded... Over all, at 9.99/50, not a bad choice.

    Federal Hydrashock 9mm 135g:
    Smallest wound channel of them all, 14" of penetration, lost bullet mass and the jacket partially seperated. The expansion was not uniform and very sloppy. I have heard of problems with the 9mm hydrakshock breaking up, but wanted to confirm it for myself. Confirmed. I will be replacing this ammo with something else for carry, More tests to come on what the replacement will be

    and just for fun:
    Federal Hydrashock .40 180g:
    Wound channel size was right in the middle, 14.5" of penetration, retained full mass. Expanded very nicely, no jacket seperation, good performance overall.

    Ok and now for the pics:

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    The winchester:

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    The 9mm hydrashock:

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    And a comparison of the 2 9mm rounds:

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    and the .40 hydrashock

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    DISCLAIMER: These tests are hardly scientific, but do reveal some interesting information. Draw your own conclusions.
     
  2. itchiban

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    Interesting. I think I'm going to stop using hydras in my 9mm now. I used to use gold dots, I'll probably go back to those.

    Looks like it would be fun to do all of that. I wish my range let me blow stuff up at it.
     
  3. int3rnal

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    i've got 20rds. of 9mm hydrashok left, im gonna shoot those off the next time im at the range, i still have 100 rds of winchester jhp i'll use until I find a new carry round. Probably gold dots.
     
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    Run some Corbon PowerBall 9mm and post the results.
     
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    Stick with winchester rangers.
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    I heard from test the hydrashock isnt all that great. If shot thought clothing or jeans, sometimes the cothing will get stick in the center and that pin won't be able to fully push and expand the round.
     
  7. RonJeremey

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    I've heard this as well, and seen it in a couple of tests. I'm sure they will "work" but I'd like a little more confidence in a carry round...

    I'm going to try some ranger SXT next. And some corbon as well.
    I'd also like to try some jacketed soft points, anyone have any recommendations on those?
     
  8. krott5333

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    Winchester 124 JHP > *defensive ammo
     
  9. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I like my Ranger SXT's every test I've seen done with them they've performed well :dunno:
     
  10. RonJeremey

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    That's why I'm going to try them next, I have a a feeling they will end up as my carry loads. Don't they only come in 147g?
     
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    127gr also I believe.
     
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    Did you do a test with any 9mm Corbon +p?
     
  13. RonJeremey

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    Not yet. some of this shit is expensive, I'm not made of money beeotches :nono:

    hehe I'll test more as funds for ammo is available :bigthumb:

    List as of now:

    Ranger SXT (147g & 127g +p)
    Corbon Pow'r'Ball, DXP and what ever this +p is you speak of.


    These will all be 9mm rounds, as that's what I carry :fawk:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    I want to try some barnes expanders in my muzzleloader but I'll be damned if I'm paying $1 each :greddy:
     
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    too bad you can't buy a 50 round sampler pack of ammo :mamoru:
     
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    I wish manufacturers would do this with bullets atleast, I dont want to spend $25 for 50 bullets that I can't get to shoot for shit in my rifle, perform horribly, etc. Nosler will sell you a small amount of their BTs for pretty cheap but besides that it sucks.
     
  17. RonJeremey

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    I know :hs:
     
  18. Bigsnake

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    If you haven't done any by my Spring break and I come to Houston, then I'll drop a fewl off for you to test...

    I'd like to see what my .44 Magnum Hydrashoks can do in gel :noes:
     
  19. RonJeremey

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    When is your spring break?
     
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    I think around April 10th... My schedule is in my truck right now so I'll have to check.
     
  21. I'd like to see some JSP results :cool:
     
  22. PorscheRacer

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    Cool test keep them coming
     
  23. RonJeremey

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    Recommendations?
     
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    :cool: I like seeing how hollow point tests turn out.
     
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    If USPS allowed shipping of ammo I would send you 3 DPX's.. IF the guys @ corbon ever send them to me
     

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