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VIDEO - CorBon PowRBall 9mm 100 gr with denim

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by TWS G26, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. TWS G26

    TWS G26

    Dec 29, 2000
    Middle Tennessee
    Here's a test of the CorBon 9mm PowRBall in 100 grain, using 4 layers of denim over wet newspaper jugs. A big "thank you" to GT's KingLamoni for providing the ammo; he gets a shout-out during the video.

    I show the fragments at the end of video, including the polymer ball. Also, notice during the shot that I had a fragment fly off upon impact and into the lower left corner of my backstop. It is very evident during the slow-motion segment at the 2:46 mark. I went through the backstop (catalogs and paper), but did not find anything. There is a clean 9mm-sized hole in the box/backstop, so I don't know WTH it was, as I thought I accounted for all the pieces.

    Finally, check out the link in the video description itself, as you can view a ballistic gel video of this cartridge at the CorBon YouTube channel.

    Video here:
  2. 17z


    Oct 3, 2006
    TWSG26,have you tried out the new Hornady Civilian 9mm round yet???? I got the 115 grain one and it does pretty well in my G17 and 19. opens up like it is suppose to. I have it loaded in my G26 as I type. 17z

  3. TWS G26

    TWS G26

    Dec 29, 2000
    Middle Tennessee

    I think you also posted on the YT channel, but I do have some 115 gr Critical Defense that will be tested once we get out of this deep freeze in Nashville.
  4. carbofan21


    Jul 16, 2006
    this round did a little better than i thought it would, but i can't say i would choose it over any decent JHP. it's already a light load at 100 grains, and they are known for shedding their jackets. considering most 9mm pistols are sighted-in for loads in the 124 grain range, these probably shoot well below point-of-aim..
  5. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Well done... not really a surprise to me. Fragmentation seems to be a common trait among Corbon ammo (at least the ones I've saw).
  6. I've gotta do a test like that on my .357 SIG 115gr JHP CorBon's. They claim 1500fps.
  7. glocksterr

    glocksterr DirtyGlockHippy

    Aug 10, 2008
    good test!

    JMHO, i wouldnt be supprised if the core and jacket didnt seperate untill they hit the back wall of the jug. i have seen the core/jacket loose but still one mass before and speculate they would have likely remained that way in a living target. seems most severe corejacket seperation will cause fragmentation, not just looseness.

    i would use it over FMJ or if i had a gun with feed issues but...
  8. triggerjerk


    Dec 19, 2000
    Nice as always.

    Have you considered doing .223/5.56 testing?
  9. TWS G26

    TWS G26

    Dec 29, 2000
    Middle Tennessee
    Posted a test last summer with the Winchester Ballistic Silvertip, and a handful of videos last month with the NATO green tip and steel. There will be several .223/5.56 tests this year. Channel URL is in my sig line.
  10. Police Marksman

    Police Marksman

    May 28, 2006
    TWS G26

    Another Great Video!

    Are you still planning on doing another test with the 124 +P Gold Dot through the layers of denim?
  11. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    Had a good friend that worked for Corbon a few years back, he's moved on now, smart guy. Anyway. I called him one day from the ranch here and said "Hey hoss got something to show ya and tell ya...." I shot one of your powerball's into the tailgate of and old pick up out here, from a G27. It barely left a mark the size of a PEA. It exploded into powder like a dirt clod. Exactly like a dirt clod. In fact. If i had been shot in the leg with 'THIS' round I would have went back to the house with nothing more than a real bad bruise.

    He had me send the remaining box back to them, and said they could not find a problem. I understand, but I have never shot another PB. Never will, NOT just because of that. I do not like bullets with shallow penetration and frag on top of that.

    When will we understand that penetration is not a nasty word. Designer bullets are like designer clothes on some women. They may look great on the outside, but WHOA, after the layers are peeled off, no thanks !

    Just my experience with PB and, BTW, not just this once either. We try and shoot a lot of lead out here, and have been since about 1962 Yeah, 1962. WE shoot a lot of guns and a lot of bullets. Personally I do not shoot to much factory stuff any more, at least for the last 5 or 6 years. Some of the other old boys here (on the ranch) do that, and some friends of mine 'in the firearms/ammo industry do as well. But I do test some factory fodder on occasion. But this PB I would not recommend.

    All IMO and in my experience. I ain't trying to sell anything, or convince anyone. ;)

    Good shooting

    Last edited: Jan 4, 2010
  12. TWS G26

    TWS G26

    Dec 29, 2000
    Middle Tennessee

    Yes, plus the 147 gr Gold Dot, HST's and anything else that was pre-denim. Those videos will be very short and should follow after three new rounds that I hope to test within a few weeks. I'm at the point where I need to buy some cheap blue jeans, or just straight denim cloth, as I'm just about out of old holy jeans for these tests. Or I could use my wife's clothes. :embarassed:
  13. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Interesting videos, as usual. Thanks for doing it.
    I've tried the 165gr Powerball .45acp in a model 625 S@W...same deal, impressive early penetration damage channel, jacket/core separation.
    I still (also) prefer heavy-ish weight bullets for caliber.