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Back yard test 9mm, .38 Spl., .380

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  1. 4 glocks

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    Ok I tested my carry ammo just to see how it would do.

    I shot 9 mm Speer GD 124+p SB, .38 Spl. Speer GD 135g +p, and .380 Hornady 90g. Critical Defense. These are my carry loads. All three shot in 3, one gallon milk jug. Each jug is 6 inches so three jugs would be 18 inches. The 9 mm and .38 exit the 3 rd jug the .380 hit the back of the 3rd jug but did not exit. See the results below.


    http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/8849/1001485gd.jpg

    http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/2806/1001484o.jpg

    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/7421/1001483w.jpg


    FYI .380 1st, 2nd 9mm, 3rd .38
     

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    Test guns were 9mm Glock 26, .38 Ruger Six 2.75 inch, .380 Ruger LCP.
     

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    i have no fear of water jugs when i carry my 45:whistling:
     
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    It did not take long for the 45 guys to show up. All 3 cal. were 1 shot stops.
     
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    OK, I'll ask.

    Now that you did it: What did you learn?
     
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    That water jugs aren't humans and that humans aren't made up of water jugs?

    Or maybe that if/when confronted by water jugs, wait until they attack in a single file line and you can take out up to 3 water jug attacker with one shot?
     
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    See pic, it is what it is.
     
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    That's how it went down.
     
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    Jugs ... mmmmmmmm:supergrin:
     
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    OK, I guess I'll start to worry when 'isn't is what it is'
     
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    What it means is that water used to be very harsh on bullets causing them to fragment. Now a'days the rounds are tougher and stay together.
     
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    Are the round tougher or the water softer?
     
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    Thanks for taking the time to post the pics!

    I use the Speer Gold Dot in both 9mm and .38+P (also .357 magnum), and appreciate seeing how evenly they expanded and held together.
     
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    Thanks man
     
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    I carry .380 and 9mm sometimes too. 90gr Gold Dots in my .380 (LCP) and 124+P Gold Dots in whichever 9mm I'm CC'ing. I also CC .40S&W, .45ACP, 10mm and .357 Mag too. I have toted .38Spl+P loads from time to time as well. I feel just fine with any of them. Nice test OP. :thumbsup:
     
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    I agree. Thanks for the effort.

    Worth noting is the 380 didn't penetrate. I think you could do many backyard tests and keep finding that :)
     
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    Water is a pretty decent measure of penetration if you can't get ballistics gel. That said 3 jugs isn't enough. Most people who test on water use 5 or more.

    Of course no consistent medium is going to give you real data on the more irregular human body and what a bullet goes through hitting clothing, skin, fat, muscle, bone, and of course vital organs. But ballistics gel or water remain decent measurements of how one bullet penetrates versus another, how far it can maintain its inertia against resistance, and how it expands in soft tissue.

    Good to see expansion is uniform, but that pretty well confirms the weakness of .380 What do you expect from the speed of a .38 with the weight of a 9mm?

    I wouldn't mind seeing how an even heavier round like the .45 would perform though. Heavy bullets carry a lot of inertia with them even if you can't get them going fast enough.

    Insert my basic rant on how magnums beat them all here.
     
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    Thanks for the report.
     
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    Also worth noting is how efficiently 9mm works. It's the only one of the three that expanded to its maximum potential, and it still penetrated substantially. I'm not saying 9mm is the most powerful round, I'm just saying it is perfect for what it is.
     
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    :rofl: Thanks for the report 4 glocks.
     
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