Did my first .380 penetration test

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Firearm007, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. Firearm007

    Firearm007 New Member

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    Penetrated through 4 layers of denim and exactly 2 milk jugs full of water and fell to the ground as it exited the second jug. To me this is enogh for this little round about a foot of penetration maybe more. Fired from 5 yards Sig P238 using Hornady Critical Defense.
     

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  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    That's not too bad. Throw a slab of ribs between the denim and the jugs, and see what it can do then.
     

  3. Firearm007

    Firearm007 New Member

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    im actually more interested on seeing what penetration it will do through bone but dont want to spend meat on that...
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Idea, don't know how good it will work though. Get some ribs, and then eat em. Then take the bones, set them up in a cake pan with jello, you can even use one of those disposables, wrap it tight with cling wrap (to keep the jello from falling out of the pan) and set it up in the place of the slab of ribs. You can even put the bones slightly closer together to make sure you hit one.

    The jello will have a vastly different texture and density, but I agree, meat's for eating.
     
  5. Firearm007

    Firearm007 New Member

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    I dont really feel the need to try the bone test as the velocity and weight on this round will definately penetrate bone (hunting hogs that are shot in the head penetrate with 22lr) so i know this will do the job
     
  6. Lindenwood

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    Ballistic research has shown water to be about 1/2 as resistant to penetration as flesh. Thus, a foot of penetration in water would be about 6" in flesh.

    This is common with .380s: Good expansion and poor penetration, or good penetration with no expansion. It is rare to see a bullet so precisely designed that expansion remains limited so that penetration does not suffer.

    This further supports my personal notion that if I were to ever carry a .380, it would be with non-expanding flat-point or semi-wadcutter bullets.
     
  7. Firearm007

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    lets say that it will penetrate 6-8 inches with HP ammo, when you look at any vital organs they are well within that depth so there is nothing to really doubt about this round to be a stopping power round (unless we are talking about an obese human being than a rifle will MAYBE penetrate deep enough through the blubber to reach a vital organ) :eek: