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9mm 148gr HST Simulated Animal Shoulder Testing

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I've been dorking around with loading 148gr HSTs over D037.1 Major Powder and am chroning 1100fps out of my 6" bbl Dagger. I was curious as to what they might do WRT penetration when contacting bone.





Trying to simulate hide with carpet and bone with 5/16" thick PVC.
I know, I know, it's not a scientific experiment but the materials are what I had on the premises. Just having fun here on a beautiful day.

First shot went thru carpet, 5/16" thick PVC, (2) 1/16" thick plastic paint cans filled with water, and 1 water filled milk jug. The skives on the bullet collapsed inward.

Second shot went thru carpet, PVC, milk jug, draino bottle, (1) 2-liter and then nicked the next 2-liter.

So what did I learn? If animals are made of carpet and PVC I should be in good shape. Kinda disappointed in the HP packing stopping expansion though.

I'd love to have some feral hog hide. (Just realized I could have shot thru a leather welding glove.)

Right bullet was the first shot thru the paint cans, left HP is firmly packed with carpet. I think I could load that bullet up again and fire it.
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Just wish you would鈥檝e took a few more shots, that bullet expansion is curious.
That setup took a little time, 馃憤
I was out of jugs. I really wanted that perfect gel block star expansion. Denied. I did have to back my powder charge down to be able to seat the bullets to a length that would fit in the mags and velocity dropped to 1050fps.

If I do another test I'll shoot thru leather and some bone.
And carpet
Carpet deserves to die. Seriously, dirt and grunge trap. Death to Berber.
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I've been dorking around with loading 148gr HSTs over D037.1 Major Powder and am chroning 1100fps out of my 6" bbl Dagger. I was curious as to what they might do WRT penetration when contacting bone.
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Trying to simulate hide with carpet and bone with 5/16" thick PVC.
I know, I know, it's not a scientific experiment but the materials are what I had on the premises. Just having fun here on a beautiful day.

First shot went thru carpet, 5/16" thick PVC, (2) 1/16" thick plastic paint cans filled with water, and 1 water filled milk jug. The skives on the bullet collapsed inward.

Second shot went thru carpet, PVC, milk jug, draino bottle, (1) 2-liter and then nicked the next 2-liter.

So what did I learn? If animals are made of carpet and PVC I should be in good shape. Kinda disappointed in the HP packing stopping expansion though.

I'd love to have some feral hog hide. (Just realized I could have shot thru a leather welding glove.)

Right bullet was the first shot thru the paint cans, left HP is firmly packed with carpet. I think I could load that bullet up again and fire it.
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You must have not gotten the memo! Barrier blind no expansion needed.


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For some reason the heaviest weight HSTs seem to have problems with expansion or look like someone smashed it with a hammer. Well from youtube testers at least. I love HST but I'll pass on 147 and their short barrel stuff.
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For some reason the heaviest weight HSTs seem to have problems with expansion or look like someone smashed it with a hammer. Well from youtube testers at least. I love HST but I'll pass on 147 and their short barrel stuff.

In this case even a 6 inch barrel didn't make the heavy work, much less using a shorter barrel. For SD a mid weight bullet can't be beat.
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You must have not gotten the memo! Barrier blind no expansion needed.


For some reason the heaviest weight HSTs seem to have problems with expansion or look like someone smashed it with a hammer. Well from youtube testers at least. I love HST but I'll pass on 147 and their short barrel stuff.
In this case even a 6 inch barrel didn't make the heavy work, much less using a shorter barrel. For SD a mid weight bullet can't be beat.
When you fire 147s into water or gel they expand nicely due to the jacket being skived.

The reason I did this was because I was worried that a bone would make this bullet flatten and not penetrate.

I know my test isn't perfect, I said that in the OP but I was (kind of) pleased with the bullet performance since it didn't just smash flat and stop.

I'm kicking myself for using that carpet when I had an old leather welding glove on my welder. The fiber packed that HP making it a FMJ but I have heard of animal hide doing the same.

Anyways it was a fun day and I got to blow stuff up so that is better than any day at work.

Below is a 147gr Win white box HP I shot into water out of the 6"bbl.
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Fun test. Thanks.

So why didn鈥檛 you use real flesh and bone?

I am kidding! 馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ
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@Steve Urquell are you related to Pilsner by chance? 馃榿
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@Steve Urquell are you related to Pilsner by chance? 馃榿
I brewed beer for a decade and specialized in Czech lagers. That is my homebrew forum username. A nerd who loves Czech lagers.
Fun test. Thanks.

So why didn鈥檛 you use real flesh and bone?

I am kidding! 馃ぃ馃ぃ馃ぃ
Alright mister, lets go to the woodshed. Now! :D
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I brewed beer for a decade and specialized in Czech lagers. That is my homebrew forum username. A nerd who loves Czech lagers.

Alright mister, lets go to the woodshed. Now! :D
What happens in the woodshed, stays in the woodshed.

Enjoy your non-standard, non-scientific, , isn't analogous to real life, yet fun shooting.
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What happens in the woodshed, stays in the woodshed.

Enjoy your non-standard, non-scientific, , isn't analogous to real life, yet fun shooting.
Stolen to have that engraved on my tombstone.
"Exactly (more or less) 5ft 11.355 inches below lies Steve Urquell wrapped in carpet placed inside a PVC pipe. He was in life and will remain in death, non-standard"
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When you fire 147s into water or gel they expand nicely due to the jacket being skived.

The reason I did this was because I was worried that a bone would make this bullet flatten and not penetrate.

I know my test isn't perfect, I said that in the OP but I was (kind of) pleased with the bullet performance since it didn't just smash flat and stop.

I'm kicking myself for using that carpet when I had an old leather welding glove on my welder. The fiber packed that HP making it a FMJ but I have heard of animal hide doing the same.

Anyways it was a fun day and I got to blow stuff up so that is better than any day at work.

Below is a 147gr Win white box HP I shot into water out of the 6"bbl.
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My experience is with the gel tests where they DIDN"T expand nicely. Many online gel tests out there to show you if you search for it. Lot of the heavy grain out of short barrel or short barrel ammo tests questionable. The most reliable stuff seems to be standard pressure for whatever reason in lighter loads.
I, like you, like goofing around with different variables. The game and fish laws applicable to me won鈥檛 let me shoot big critters with 9mm rounds, not even as finishers. When it comes to barrier penetration, I really don鈥檛 worry about expansion as much as penetration. Here are some barriers a little more stout than yours, against which I fired standard pressure 9mm 124 grain Speer Gold Dots out of stock guns.


With respect to Railsplitter鈥檚 comments, here are the same barriers shot with .380 Lehigh tipped rounds. I suspect that they would outpenetrate the ammo you were shooting. 9mm should do even better, but I haven鈥檛 run that test.

BTW, a .40 S&W 180 grain factory Gold Dot fired against the same array penetrated to the 4th water jug, made a very big hole in the steel, and had a good mushroom on the recovered round. But, that is off topic.
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My experience is with the gel tests where they DIDN"T expand nicely. Many online gel tests out there to show you if you search for it. Lot of the heavy grain out of short barrel or short barrel ammo tests questionable. The most reliable stuff seems to be standard pressure for whatever reason in lighter loads.
I think this guy nailed it WRT the 147hst. Calibrated gel with denim. His bullets also weighed 148.3gr+.


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How about a bone-in pork shoulder... probably cost a few bucks, but might give you a more accurate idea..?
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I, like you, like goofing around with different variables. The game and fish laws applicable to me won鈥檛 let me shoot big critters with 9mm rounds, not even as finishers. When it comes to barrier penetration, I really don鈥檛 worry about expansion as much as penetration. Here are some barriers a little more stout than yours, against which I fired standard pressure 9mm 124 grain Speer Gold Dots out of stock guns.


With respect to Railsplitter鈥檚 comments, here are the same barriers shot with .380 Lehigh tipped rounds. I suspect that they would outpenetrate the ammo you were shooting. 9mm should do even better, but I haven鈥檛 run that test.

BTW, a .40 S&W 180 grain factory Gold Dot fired against the same array penetrated to the 4th water jug, made a very big hole in the steel, and had a good mushroom on the recovered round. But, that is off topic.
Very nice! Great vids. (y)
How about a bone-in pork shoulder... probably cost a few bucks, but might give you a more accurate idea..?
How about some feral hogs at my friend's farm? I'll post results.
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Very nice! Great vids. (y)

How about some feral hogs at my friend's farm? I'll post results.
Even better...please do
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Very nice! Great vids. (y)

How about some feral hogs at my friend's farm? I'll post results.
I鈥檇 rather have an invite ;)
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