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Wally World WWB 147 gr. JHP Performance?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by shaneroyce, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. shaneroyce

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    Anyone have any thoughts on how good this round is for a primary SD weapon? Is it adequate, or would I be better off sticking to Speer Gold Dot 124 gr. +p? I have no doubt the Speer (and others) are better ammo, just curious if anyone carries this as I am considering it. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. ElectricZombie

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    Someone did a few tests on Youtube; it seemed to always overpenetrate.
     


  3. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    There's been many threads about the Win 147JHP if you care to do a search. If you don't care to search out the threads, then my advise to you: Stick with the Gold Dot and use the Win 147 for punching holes in paper targets.
     
  4. 481

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    Although there are more recent designs, the 9mm WWB 147 gr. JHP offers adequate performance.

    In the link provided below, Eugene Wolberg (SDPD) used 28 9mm WWB 147 gr. JHPs recovered at (human) autopsy to establish a strong correlation between their terminal performance and that of rounds (using the same type of ammunition, of course) fired into calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin for the purpose of terminal ballistic testing and evaluation:


    http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Fackler_Articles/winchester_9mm.pdf


    Statistically, the performance of the 28 9mm WWB 147 gr. JHPs recovered and analysed for that article was:

    Average Expanded/Recovered Diameter: 0.541 inch (1.525x caliber)
    Average Retained Weight: 139.1 grains (94.63% retained weight)
    Average Penetration Depth: 13.2 inches



    Not too shabby for "economy" ammunition if you ask me.

    :)
     
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  5. BOGE

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    481, that`s a great link to concrete scientific data. Thanks. However, there is one huge glaring error.................................penetration tells us nothing about a felon say returning fire for 15 mins. after being shot say 12 times. If we only wanted penetration we would all carry a Ruger Blackhawk with hardcast WFN bullets. My point being that penetration is only part of the story. Sure, eventually they will bleed out. So will an African lion with a .22 wound. I`m more concerned with what Mr. Lion is going to do to me between penetration and his ultimate demise.

    Also, the link is repeating the same BS that the Win. ST ``failed`` in the Miami FBI Shootout of `86. No it didn`t. The bullet functioned perfectly but unfortunately the target was a highly resolute man.
     
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  6. BadAndy

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    Not at all :cool:
     
  7. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    First, Walberg cherry picked his samples.

    Second, his Evaluation of the Win 147JHP proved NOTHING when it comes to immediately stopping the threat. All of his sample shooting results were from dead bodies.
     
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  8. 481

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    You are welcome, BOGE.

    You are correct. Penetration is just part of the bigger picture. Expansion and retained weight also play a part in terminal performance in addition to myriad other factors far too numerous to address here. That is why I provided the average expansion and average retained weight of the round as well.

    As for the "failure" of the Winchester 9mm 115 gr. Silvertip JHP; I agree with you. Nothing in the way of a handheld weapon can hold to the promise of being a 100%-of-the-time fight-stopper especially when an assailant has it in their mind that they will "weather" whatever they have to in order to accomplish whatever they've set out to do.
     
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  9. 481

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    With Winchester pushing their recent PDX1 pistol ammo line as offering 1.5x caliber expansion, it is interesting to note that their "old" police ammo line (SuperX, now marketed under the "Winchester USA" name) offers the same performance at less than half the price. While the WWB JHPs (in any caliber offered) is not a 'bonded' design, it is nice to have economically "favorable" options when the checkbook gets 'light'.

    :winkie:
     
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  10. BurkGlocker

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    Here are some 147 WWB 9mm fired into ballistic gelatin from a Taurus 24/7. Left one was bare, right was 4 layers of denim. Penetration was optimal hovering around 14" for both.

    [​IMG]

    For a comparison, here are some 147 gr Ranger SXT 9mm. Left and middle was bare gelatin, far right was 4 layers of denim. Same performance, and little difference between expanded diameter except for the 'talons' and penetration was the same.

    [​IMG]

    I dont have any problem carrying the WWB, especially if I was on a budget. They have always performed as designed, and yes, there are newer and better designs, but if in a pinch, and I didnt have access to any other type of ammo, I would use them...

    Burk
     
  11. 481

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    Nice! :supergrin:

    Thanks for the pictures and the comparison, Burk!
     
  12. thegriz18

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    Wait, an economy JHP produced more than 28 lethal wounds? I thought that stuff was anemic. :whistling:
     
  13. CanyonMan

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    I'll stay with the WWB 147gr for the penetration. Also the 147gr WW PDX1, and the 147gr Ranger T series. All these have tremendous penetration, and besides, in the real world no JHP really opens up like the jello pics you see, and if so, it is laking in penetration way to much to get through barriers and the like to reach the vitals..

    Don't have to agree. Just my .02, along with some experience tossed in.


    This post not meant to start a war. Obama is the one who does all that ! :faint: Ha !




    CM
     
  14. ElectricZombie

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    Interesting data. I may have to go back to carrying the WWB 147JHP.
     
  15. Glock19Fan

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    The pictures above show very close to my results with the round. However, mine were fired from a Glock 19s 4 inch barrel. Not familiar with the 24/7, but the ones I shot seemed a little more aggressive, but did well through barel gelatin and 4 layes of denim.

    I also fired some Rangers and Gold Dots as a comparision.

    I can get some photos up later if anyone is interested.

    BTW, I kinda skimmed through the thread, but if it hasnt been mentioned yet, these are the same bullets that are used in Winchesters SilverTip line.

    I noticed that both through water jugs and ballistic gelatin that these were some of the most aggressive expanders in the 147 grain weight range. And by that I mean they open fast and early. They still tend to penetrate deep too.

    It would be nice if they were nickel plated, but I used to keep these loaded in my Glock for years, and I would do it again if I had to.

    As always just make positively sure they are reliable in your firearm.
     
  16. shaneroyce

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    Thanks for all of the comments so far. I may give them a whirl. Any other comments or data is appreciated. Thanks again.
     
  17. fastbolt

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    The 147gr old-style JHP used in the USA9JHP2 load in both USA & Subsonic Centerfire Duty Handgun lines is pretty much the same one used since the 147gr OSM load.

    Being an inexpensive bulk/contract-type load, don't expect it to have the same QC as the more expensive lines (case & bullet discoloration, case mouth damage, dirtier burning, etc).

    I've used these lines for many years, shooting many tens of thousands of rounds of them. I've used them for both training/practice/quals and for duty (when nothing else was available). While I've come across my fair share of mangled rounds, inert/hard primers, etc, it's been a decent budget load.

    Being an old-style JHP, I wouldn't expect the same potential for the nose cavity to resist plugging and offering consistent, robust expansion when used in carefully controlled 4-layer denim testing.

    The newer bullet designs do have some inherent advantages ... and higher costs. Also, you just can't predict what any particular bullet is going to do in any given target medium on any given day fired out of any given gun.

    I've learned of old-style defensive ammunition which offered classic mushroom performance when fired into living attackers, but which exhibited both failures-to-expand, as well as desirable expansion, when tested in some 4-layer denim tests. I've also learned of some of the newer bullet designs which exhibited 'perfect, brochure-like' expansion when used in actual shooting situations. You just can't predict.

    The newer, improved hollowpoint designs have been developed to hopefully produce more consistent desirable results, though, and to better resist plugging of the nose cavity.

    Over the years I've also learned of some of the older style W-W 147gr JHP loads to sometimes exhibit velocities which were far below the expected specification, too. Add in an old-style JHP design with a reduced velocity (hovering in the mid-700fps range) ... and don't expect wonders.

    Then, consider that some of the newer hollowpoint designs have reportedly been revised by some manufacturers to take into consideration the growing preference for shorter barreled plainclothes & CCW pistols, allowing for better potential for expansion at reduced velocities in shorter barrels.

    Sometimes you only get what you're willing to pay for, you know. ;)

    I still have some of the USA9JHP2 loads left in my ammunition collection. I mostly use it for the range, since I have other, newer designed loads for carry use.

    Would I use it for carry if that's all I had? Sure.

    Would I spend more for defensive ammunition if I had the option? Sure.

    Would I lose sleep over the difference? Not really.

    It's still just defensive handgun ammunition ... and yet, there's also better stuff out there nowadays.

    I'd rather spend more time developing & honing my skillsets than worrying about the specific ammunition in my gun.

    Sometimes I have 127gr +P+ T-Series in one of my 9's, and sometimes I have 124gr +P GS (non-bonded) in one of them ... and sometimes I couldn't tell you which load was in which gun unless I checked the magazine, since I probably just grabbed whichever box was closest at hand when loading magazines after cleaning. ;)

    Suit your budget.

    Spend as much time getting training and investing in good practice sessions with whatever you may choose.
     
  18. ubimow

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    I just tested some WWWB 147gr. JHP today along with HST 147gr and Ranger T 147gr.
    I shot into phone books soaked in water overnight with 4 layers of denim on the front.
    Both the HST and Ranger T stopped in the 4th phone book and expanded nicely while the WWB 147gr JHP did not expand at all and went through all 7 phone books.
     
  19. Glock19Fan

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    In what order did you fire the rounds?
     
  20. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    Just a few comments to throw out there for people to be aware of.

    First, be aware that this bullet design and loading (Win USA 147JHP) was never intended to be used for either civilian law enforcement nor self-defense. This round was specifically designed for long distance (longer than standard CQB distances that is) accuracy out of suppressed MP5 subguns in use by the military (namely, the SEALs). It was designated the Type-L OSM (Olin Super Match). This load is what the FBI and many other LEA's went to after the '86 Miami incident.

    Second, over the years of use more than a few agencies found that they were having cycling problems with the subsonic 147JHPs and they were also experiencing erratic performance in actual shootings including slight to no expansion and over penetrations.

    It's your choice if you want to use an "economy" style load for SD, but modern JHP pistol ammo that's designed specifically for personal SD would be a much wiser choice.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010